Champions League quarter-final draw

Manchester City hardened as Champions League favourites after drawing Tottenham in yesterday’s quarter-final draw and the Premier League leaders are rated 2-7 shots by Betfair and Paddy Power to qualify from the all-English tie.

City, 23-10 with Betfair and Paddy Power to lift the European Cup, will meet Ajax or Juventus in the semi-finals if they overcome Spurs.

Pep Guardiola’s side are 5-6 with Power to reach the final in Madrid and 6-1 with Coral to complete an unprecedented quadruple.

Tottenham got the draw nobody wanted against City. They are 25-1 to win the Champions League and 4-1 with bet365 to reach the semis and will be hoping to have moved into their new stadium in time for next month’s first leg.

Juve are second favourites at 7-2 with Betway, while Liverpool are just behind Barcelona at 4-1 in the outright betting with the teams set for a semi-final showdown if they justify their market confidence.

Barca opened at 1-3 but are now 3-10 to overcome Manchester United, who are the shortest-priced outsiders to qualify at 16-5.

The Red Devils are out  20-1 to win the Champions League and will have to keep doing it the hard way if they are to be crowned European champions after seeing off Paris St-Germain in the last 16.

Liverpool will have been delighted with the draw as they face 100-1 outsiders Porto. The Reds are as short as 1-6 to reach the semi-finals and a best-priced 2-9.

Coral offer 8-11 about an English team winning and they and BoyleSports go 2-1 for an all-Premier League final.

It’s 7-4 with bet365 that none of the Champions League finalists are English based.
The Premier League has a strong hand in the Champions League and also in the Europa League following the draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

Chelsea, 15-8 favourites, got the perceived plum tie against Slavia Prague in the last eight and should they progress Maurizio Sarri’s side will meet either Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals.

Some bookmakers offer Chelsea at just 1-20 to make the semi-finals which may be slightly disrespectful to Slavia after they eliminated Sevilla in the last round.

Arsenal will have things much tougher and are 11-10 outsiders to oust Napoli, who are second in Serie A behind Juventus.

The Gunners, 5-1 to win the Europa League, will meet Villarreal or Valencia should they get past Carlo Ancelotti’s outfit.

Champions League quarter-finals/semi-final draw: Tottenham or Man City v Ajax or Juventus; Barcelona or Man Utd v Liverpool or Porto.

Match in Focus

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Napoli v Liverpool

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  • Liverpool have lost six of their last eight Champions League away games
Expert verdict
Liverpool begin their Champions League title defence with a return to the scene of one of the four away defeats they suffered on their way to winning last season’s competition. The Reds were beaten 1-0 at the Stadio San Paolo in the group stage last October and, as the Partenopei have lost three times in their last 19 home fixtures in the competition, their run of six defeats in eight UCL away games is a concern. However, they rarely fail to deliver in the final third, netting in all but four of their last 42 competitive matches.



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