Man City face Liverpool in quarter-finals

Only one Premier League team will be in the Champions League semi-finals after Manchester City were drawn to face Liverpool in a mouthwatering quarter-final between two of England's elite clubs.

Premier League leaders City are 21 points superior in the domestic standings, although Liverpool are the only side to have lowered the colours of Pep Guardiola's rampant pacesetters in the top flight, recording a memorable 4-3 triumph in January.

That Anfield success was sweet revenge for a 5-0 mauling in Manchester when Sadio Mane's first-half red card saw Liverpool collapse.

City, who will have the advantage of playing the second leg at the Etihad, are 1-2 with Hills to progress to the last four and Liverpool are 6-4.

Anfield will be a wall of noise for the first encounter and Sky Bet make Liverpool 17-10 to make the most of home advantage. City are 6-4 and the draw is 12-5.

Neither club should be particularly happy with the draw and Guardiola's outfit have lost Champions League favouritism, drifting to 7-2 in Betway's outright betting, with Barcelona topping the market at 11-4 with Sky Bet and BoyleSports following their plum tie against Roma.

There is a closer Italy versus Spain betting heat with heavyweights Juventus battling Real Madrid, who overcome Paris St-Germain in the last 16, and it's the reigning champions who are 8-15 to make another semi-final.

Bayern Munich, 4-1 shots, will chuffed to have been paired with Manchester United's conquerors Sevilla in the quarter-finals.

Arsenal will be hoping to return to the Champions League via the backdoor route of the Europa League and a quarter-final tie with CSKA Moscow certainly gives them an excellent chance of progressing to the last four of Europe's secondary competition.

The Gunners have been cut to 3-1 by bet365 to win the Europa League with Atletico Madrid the only side above them in the betting. Atletico, 6-4 favourites with Betway, will tackle Sporting next.

Champions League quarter-final draw - Barcelona v Roma, Sevilla v Bayern Munich, Juventus v Real Madrid, Liverpool v Man City. First legs April 3-4, second legs April 10-11.

Europa League quarter-final draw - Leipzig v Marseille, Arsenal v CSKA Moscow, Atletico v Sporting, Lazio v Salzburg. First legs April 5, second legs April 12.

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PAOK Salonika v Chelsea

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  • PAOK have won two of their last six Europa League ties
Expert verdict
Chelsea begin their Europa League journey at PAOK and their trip to Greece should prove worthwhile. The Blues have made a promising start under the attack-minded Maurizio Sarri and can outclass their Greek hosts, who were thumped 4-1 at home to Benfica in a Champions League qualifier this term.

 

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