The knockout phase of the Champions continues this week with excitement for the quarter-finals spreading across the continent. This year’s competition has a unique format, with all ties played in Portugal over a single leg, making for some interesting Champions League quarter-finals betting options.
Paris Saint-Germain take on Atalanta this Wednesday at the Estadio da Luz, while Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig travel to the Lisbon’s Estadio Jose Alvalade for their one-legged showdown.
Join us this week as we give you a rundown of everything you need to know and provide you with some exciting Champions League betting options for the upcoming fixtures.
Few would have believed that Atalanta would make the final eight having lost their first three fixtures in the competition. Manager Gian Piero Gasperini has seen his men exceed public expectation with an exciting brand of football that has not only secured a third-place finish in Serie A, but also granted entry amongst Europe’s final-eight Champions League contenders.
The effectiveness of Atalanta’s strikeforce could make the difference for their fixture against the French champions. With an incredible tally of 98 goals in Serie A, this Atalanta team is known for demolishing their opposition – scoring over three goals in each of their last three champions league matches.
Recent news from Italy suggests that Josip Ilicic will not be available for selection with the Slovenian granted time off to deal with a personal issue. Having scored 21 goals this season, the loss of Ilicic could prove fatal for Gasperini’s European aspirations. All eyes will now be on Alejandro Gomez, the midfielder widely considered the primary creative force behind Atalanta’s free-flowing attack.
Awarded the Ligue 1 title after Covid-19 caused an early halt to the French season, Paris Saint-Germain have completed another domestic quadruple. Having completed all their other goals for the season, the French outfit can now focus entirely on the one competition which continues to elude them – the Champions League.
Considered one of the favourites to win the competition, Paris Saint-Germain secured their place in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2016 with a 3-2 aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund. With the promise of Champions League glory just over the horizon, the Parisians now look to overcome a strong Atalanta side and progress to the semi-finals.
Having suffered a nasty ankle injury against Lyon in their League Cup final victory, Kylian Mbappe remains a major doubt and will likely not feature, while Angel Di Maria is also ruled out due to suspension. PSG fans will put the responsibility of a win on the shoulders of Mauro Icardi, with the Argentinian scoring six times in his last five appearances against Atalanta for his former club Inter Milan.
Paris Saint-Germain come out as favourites, at 34/33 (2.03) to win, while Atalanta measure up at 12/5 (3.40). Mauro Icardi is a good shout for Champions League quarter-finals betting at 6/5 (2.20) to score this Wednesday.
RB Leipzig impressed many in the footballing world after sweeping aside last season’s runners-up, Tottenham, in the round of 16. Having already assured their return into the competition next season, courtesy of their third-place finish in the Bundesliga, the Red Bulls now look to take on Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side this Thursday.
Not many would contest the fact that RB Leipzig go into their fixture widely considered the underdogs, mainly due to the fact that their top goalscorer, Timo Werner, opted to join Chelsea before the end of their Champions League campaign.
Julian Nagelsmann will, however, still see this as a chance for his side to create some history of their own. Assured by the quality of his team, the German manager will look towards his young guns to step up and carve a path into the semi-finals.
Atleti dumped the reigning champions from the competition in the previous round and now take on RB Leipzig for their chance to secure a semi-final spot.
Unbeaten in their last 18 matches, having conceded just 27 goals in 38 La Liga games, Atletico Madrid have proved that they are a team built on a solid defensive foundation – difficult to break down and even harder to beat.
History is also on their side, with Los Rojiblancos having always progressed against Bundesliga sides in the knockout stages of the Champions League (versus Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 and Bayern Munich in 2016). Diego Simeone’s men cannot rely on history though, as their opponents have made a habit of disrupting the established order.
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