Champions League Quarterfinals (1st Leg)

Liverpool have always had a thing for the European Cup, having lifted the famous old trophy on five occasions. Porto were triumphant under a young fellow called Jose Mourinho back in 2004, but there is an alternative universe where the Portuguese ends up at Anfield instead.

Had the Portuguese side come up short in the Champions League that year, Chelsea probably would have looked elsewhere for Claudio Ranieri’s replacement, but Liverpool would surely have made a move for one of the continent’s up-and-coming coaches.

Anyway, apologies for daydreaming! The Reds have been handed the kindest draw of the round and should have little trouble dispatching of Porto, who are a good side but clearly not a member of Europe’s elite. Back a home win to nil at 2.05.


Liverpool to win & Over 2.5 goals

Boosted to 1.95

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City

It feels like the mid-2000s again, with the Premier League providing half of the Champions League quarter-finalists again. It is about time too; given that they can bathe in bank notes and buy up most of Europe’s hottest talent, English teams should really have been dominating this competition for a lot longer.

Tottenham and Manchester City will contest an all-Premier League tie in the last eight, with Pep Guardiola’s side eyeing a quadruple and Mauricio Pochettino’s men fully focused on the Champions League.

While that may appear to be an advantage for Spurs, City’s squad depth is such that they are favourites to progress – even if they were struck down with a virus affecting 20 of their players, they could still probably field a world-class XI.

Go for Boosted Odds on an away win and both teams to score in this first meeting at 3.50.


Man City to win & Both teams to score

Boosted to 3.50

Ajax vs Juventus

Ajax have been the story of the European season, and witnessing their young, hungry team tearing it up at the Santiago Bernabeu in the round of 16 was a sight to behold.

The realities of modern football – or, more specifically, the economics of the modern game – mean that the side will probably be broken up in the summer, but there is still a chance that they can do something special before then.

Overcoming an experienced and wily Juventus outfit with Cristiano Ronaldo as their spearhead will not be easy, of course, but I can envisage Ajax getting a good result in front of their home fans in Amsterdam.

Go for a draw in the first leg, which is offered at a price of 3.25 in the sportsbook.


Draw & Both teams to score

Boosted to 4.75

Manchester United vs Barcelona

Two of Europe’s heavyweights will lock horns at two of the continent’s most iconic stadiums in the next few weeks.

One of the greatest nights in Manchester United’s history took place at the Camp Nou when late goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (whatever happened to him?) gave Alex Ferguson’s men a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in 1999.

That is not to say that this tie is a foregone conclusion, though, and a fast start from United in front of their own fans could make all the difference.
I’m thinking 2-1 either way, therefore, Boosted Odds on over 2.5 goals and both teams to score at 2.10 looks like a decent shout.


Over 2.5 goals & Both teams to score

Boosted to 2.10

By Greg Lea

After many years of sports writing with an emphasis on football, including a stint at Sky Sports, Greg is here to help you with betting tips. Follow him on Twitter @greglea to get the latest updates before placing your bets.