Champions League last eight preview + tips

Europe’s elite club competition the Champions League is down to it’s final eight and there are four fascinating fixtures set to commence on Tuesday.

Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid

La Liga’s top two sides meet at the Nou Camp in the Champions League last eight, as Atletico Madrid travel to face Barcelona.

Barcelona will be without their goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who will miss the next seven months of action after his UCL season ending injury.

This will see the error-prone Pinto deputise, with the likes of Diego Costa and David Villa surely licking their lips.

Villa will start against his former employers, after leaving Barcelona for the Vicente Del Calderon in the summer.

Atletico will be without the suspended Raul Garcia though, meaning Maurio Suarez or Tiago will come in.

Barcelona are big favourites for the home leg, however after three draws between the sides in all competitions this season, Gerardo Martino and his men certainly won’t take the tie lightly.

I fancy the hosts to record a narrow first leg win, with a seventh consecutive Champions League semi-final in their sights.

Best bet: Barcelona to win 8/15 with Bet 365

Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich

Bayern 4There can’t have been many occasions when the shortest Manchester United have been to win a home game is 6/1.

Going into Tuesday’s match with the reigning European champions Bayern Munich, that’s exactly what David Moyes’s side are.

After a horrible league campaign, which looks almost certain to see them finish outside of the top four, United’s last hope of salvaging their season is in the Champions League.

With Robin Van Persie injured and Juan Mata ineligible and Patrice Evra injured, Moyes hardly has the fullest of squads to choose from.

Bayern themselves won the Bundesliga last week, however dropped just their fifth and sixth points of the league season in their 3-3 draw with Hoffenheim on the weekend.

Pep Guardiola is likely to bring numerous key players back into the side after resting them on Saturday, although Thiago Alcantara is definitely out.

It’s hard to look past Bayern Munich piling the pressure on Moyes on Tuesday.

Best bet: Bayern Munich to win by two or more goals

PSG vs. Chelsea

Chelsea make the relatively short trip to the French capital on Wednesday, ahead of their match with Paris Saint Germain.

PSG are narrow favourites to progress from the tie, with the performance of Zlatan Ibrahimovic likely to determine the winner.

Laurent Blanc’s men look all but certain to win a second consecutive Ligue 1 title, whilst Chelsea’s own league aspirations took a huge blow on the weekend, losing 1-0 at Crystal Palace.

Since signing from Benfica, Nemanja Matic has been a crucial part of Chelsea’s success, however the Serbian international is ineligible for the Champions League.

At almost evens I fancy Chelsea to avoid defeat in Paris.

Best bet: Chelsea double chance

Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund

Real Madrid will be looking for revenge against Borussia Dortmund, after the Germans eliminated from last seasons competition.

Robert Lewandowski’s four goals in the first leg a year ago was the real difference between the sides, however the Polish striker will miss Wednesday’s clash through suspension.

This seasons tournament top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will start and look to build on his 13 goals already in the competition.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men are huge favourites and I fancy them to win by at least one to take a stranglehold of the tie.

Best bet: Real Madrid to win by two or more goals 10/3 with Bet 365

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