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Liverpool stun Benfica, Man City thwart Atletico and Chelsea face tough draw with Real Madrid


The Champions League returns this week for the first leg of the quarter-finals as the top teams seek to qualify for the last four.

This week’s fixtures see Benfica host Liverpool, Man City take on Atletico Madrid, Villarreal take on Bayern and Chelsea take on Real Madrid.

Guardiola and Klopp are after multiple trophies this year

Here’s our betting preview and top tips from this week’s matches…

Benfica vs Liverpool: Betting Tip

Three Champions League games this week feature three clear favorites at odds just to win, and Liverpool are one of them.

The bookmakers are offering more than 7 on the Portuguese outfit and for good reason.

Liverpool look like big contenders to win the Premier League behind Manchester City, they have already won the EFL Cup and are in the hunt for a potential trophy.

Although they lost their second leg against Inter Milan, they still won 2-1 on aggregate and held off against the Italian side.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have since won four clean sheets in all competitions and were able to give Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane less than 90 minutes to get them fresh for this game.

Salah has scored eight goals in eight Champions League games and will be eager to score another after Egypt leave the World Cup.

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Salah is in great form this season in the Champions League

Man City vs Atletico Madrid: Betting Tip

It will be the first ever meeting between these two teams in European competition, but it will also be the fourth meeting between Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone.

Man City are in a battle for the title as it stands, along with many other hugely important games ahead of the end of the season.

But City will face Atletico Madrid, who have been in decent form both in the league and in this competition.

Atletico have already beaten rivals and neighbors City in the previous round by narrowly winning 2-1 over both legs.

Since then, the Spanish side have continued their winning ways and look set to take on the Premier League champions.

However, City dominated their knockout tie against Sporting and just before the second leg saw off United 4-1 in a huge Manchester Derby last month.

Since the derby they have only conceded once, against Southampton in the FA Cup quarter-finals and should be favorites again.

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Villarreal vs Bayern Munich: Betting Tip

Bayern Munich are the big favorites in this match but nothing is ever certain in the Champions League.

Leroy Sane has been involved in 12 goals in his last eight games for the German side in the competition this season, with six goals and six assists.

His opponent, Gerard Moreno, has scored twice and provided three assists in just 276 minutes in European competition and is sure to be a threat this week.

But Munich are incredibly strong in defense and look set to win another Bundesliga as they lead the table by nine points.

They won against RB Salzburg 8-2 on aggregate in the final round, with the second leg ending in a thrashing, 7-1.

After another hattrick and masterclass from Robert Lewandowski.

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Liverpool stun Benfica, Man City thwart Atletico and Chelsea face tough draw with Real Madrid

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Benzema shone in the knockout ties against PSG with a brilliant hat-trick

Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Betting Tip

Real Madrid made a magnificent comeback against a strong PSG side in their round of 16.

They lost 2-0 on aggregate through Kylian Mbappe but his French team-mate, Karim Benzema didn’t back down and scored a quick second-half hat-trick to win it for the Spanish side.

He’s been incredibly prolific this season, scoring 24 goals in 26 La Liga appearances and eight in just seven Champions League appearances.

The French striker has scored over 30 league goals in every season since the 2017/18 campaign, with his tallies of 32, 36, 37, 34 and is on course to equal that level again.

Chelsea won’t be easy though, the reigning European champions are consistent in these types of games and won their Round of 16 4-1 on aggregate against Lille.

The Blues narrowly missed penalties to lift the EFL Cup in February, are aiming for the FA Cup semi-finals and find themselves in the last eight again for the Champions League.

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