UEFA Champions League: Quarterfinals Preview and Odds - 04/07/2021

by Alec McMordie

The quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League continue on Wednesday with the two remaining first-leg matches at 3 PM ET. Both games are on Paramount (formerly CBS All-Access).

Bayern Munich hosts Paris Saint-Germain at their Allianz Stadium. The Bavarians advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 second-leg win against Lazio on March 17th, which secured a 6-2 aggregate score victory. Bayern Munich has won 18 of their last 19 matches in the Champions League.

Hansi Flick’s team comes off a 1-0 win at RB Leipzig on Saturday. The victory improved the Bavarians' first place lead over the Red Bulls to seven points in the Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich will be without striker Robert Lewandowski who suffered a knee injury during the international break. The Polish star has 42 goals in 36 matches across all competitions.

Paris Saint-Germain advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw against Barcelona gave them a 5-2 aggregate victory against the Catalan giants. The Parisians pulled off a surprising 4-1 win at Camp Nou in the first leg of that showdown to give them a commanding lead heading into that second leg.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino’s men come off a 1-0 loss at home to Lille in Ligue 1 action on Saturday. The loss dropped PSG into second place in the French top flight, three points behind Lille.

The Parisians did get Neymar back on the pitch on Saturday after the Brazilian star was out with an injury for two months. But PSG will be without injured midfielder Mario Verratti.

This showdown is a rematch of the last year’s Champions League Final, which Bayern Munich won, 1-0, on August 23rd. BookMaker lists Bayern Munich as a -0.5 goal line favorite with the total set at 3.

Chelsea plays FC Porto in the second quarterfinals match today. While Porto is the technical home team today, both legs of this matchup are in Seville, Spain, to accommodate COVID travel restrictions.

FC Porto advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Juventus via the road goals scored tiebreaker. After winning the first leg at home by a 2-1 score, the Dragons lost at Juventus, 3-2, on March 9th, but advanced by scoring that second goal away from home.

Manager Sergio Conceicao’s side has won three straight matches in the Portugal Primeira League after a 2-1 victory at home against Santa Clara. The Dragons have not lost in the Portugal top flight since October yet remain in second place behind Sporting.

Chelsea defeated Atletico Madrid by an aggregate 3-0 score in the Last 16 round, after a 2-0 win in the second leg on March 17th. Six of their last eight matches across all competitions have been clean sheets.

The Blues did drop their first match under new manager Thomas Tuchel in a 5-2 upset loss at home to West Brom on Saturday. Chelsea was leading by a 1-0 score before Thiago Silva was issued a red card at the 29th minute of that match. The Baggies took advantage of the Blues playing with only ten men by scoring five unanswered goals. Chelsea had given up only two combined goals in their previous 14 matches under Tuchel since he took over for Frank Lampard in January.

Chelsea will be without American midfielder Christian Pulisic and French midfielder N’Golo Kante who are both injured. BookMaker lists Chelsea as a -0.75 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.25.

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