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      Champions League Quarterfinal Round Fixtures and Bold Predictions

      Champions League Quarterfinal Round Fixtures and Bold Predictions

      UCL Quarterfinal Fixtures 2017

      One week away from the mouthwatering Champions League quarterfinal round 2017, here's an early look at the great matchups on tap as well as our bold predictions.

      Results / FixturesChampions League

      After Barcelona's miraculous comeback against PSG last round they've now drawn Juventus; another tough out. Barcelona may be on borrowed time as the Italian Giants looked ready to make a run at Europe, having not won this competition in over 20 years.

      Current holders Real Madrid, who have a Jekyll and Hide quality about them have drawn Bayern Munich with the under covered story lines of Philip Lahm's retirement and Carlo Ancelotti's chance to stick it to his old team. Real's cross town rival Atletico Madrid who have played Cinderella in this competition for two of the past three seasons now get this year's Cinderella team - Leicester.

      Team Qualification To Win Outright
      Atletico Madrid -500 +550
      Barcelona -200 +275
      Bayern Munich -138 +300
      Dortmund -175 +1000
      Juventus +162 +1000
      Leicester +350 +3300
      Monaco +137 +1600
      Real Madrid +110 +550

      ***Just know that after the 1st leg new odds will be given so if you think there is better value to be had, then by all means wait... Put a gun to my head today my pick to win it all is Bayern Munich +300. With Philip Lahm, one of the game's undeniable legends retiring, the stars are aligning for him to touch glory one last time. Bayern Munich have no excuse not to finish the job this season.

      Who will the clock strike midnight for? And while the aforementioned ties should be very intense you can take a break with what should be the free flowing, barnstorming football of Monaco and Borussia Dortmund, what oddly may wind up being the most watchable games of the 8.

      But enough preamble - let's look at lines.

      Atletico Madrid vs Leicester

      My Team's Next MatchAtletico Madrid

      First Leg Pick: Atletico to win and keep a clean sheet (-133) on William Hill
      First Leg Pick: Under 2.5 goals (-110) on William Hill

      Atletico Madrid are like Thomas Hobbes' view on life - Nasty and Brutish. The only team to have knocked them out over the past 3 seasons has been Real Madrid. They can do what it takes. They can play on the front foot if needed but prefer the counter attack game...As do Leicester. 

      And the reborn Foxes get to step onto Europe's biggest stage once again and face off against one the elite clubs. It doesn't appear that they have anyone in midfield or defense that can cope with Niguez or Griezmann so it will need to be a lot of team defending as perhaps they are best suited.

      IF you think Leicester can pull off another upset than +350 is a great price - Take it.

      But if you are like me and believe Atletico will physically impose themselves over the Foxes for 180 minutes and are looking for value, my plays for the first leg will be in favor of the Colchoneros' defence.

      Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco

      My Team's Next MatchBorussia Dortmund

      First Leg Pick: Dortmund + Over 2.5 goals (-105) on William Hill
      Qualification Match-Up Pick: N/A

      Dortmund can be sublime and overwhelming at home as you saw in their romp of Benfica but have looked shaky when they play away all season. With the first leg being in Germany it is essential they take a lead back to Monaco. The Frenchies having given up 5 goals in their last away match in the round of 16, need to limit the damage this round and get back home a 1 goal deficit to overcome at worst. The difficulty for them is that they give up too many chances.

      And I can not see them sitting back as they are not built that way. It's a case of high-risk high reward for both teams. William Hill also has Dortmund to win the 1st leg at (-150) as oppose to (-175) on BET365 so you can save yourself 25 cents juice there if you like the home side.

      Can't call a winner on this one just yet. Fortunately, I do not have to.

      Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

      My Team's Next MatchBayern Munich

      First Leg Pick: Bayern Munich (-125) on William Hill
      Qualification Match-Up Pick: Bayern Munich to advance (-138) on William Hill

      This one is not that difficult for me. My chips are on Bayern Munich to win this one.

      Other than the Cristiano Ronaldo, Bayern Munich are equal to or stronger than Madrid at every other position. Real Madrid's formula, by default mind you, has been to have their great players like CR7 or Sergio Ramos bail them out time after time, in competition after competition, after failing to secure matches with the wealth of talent they put on the field.

      It actually started with a Sergio Ramos last second equalizer in the Champions League final 3 seasons ago. The coach of that Madrid side, by the way, was Carlo Ancelotti and there will also be a managerial mismatch between he and Zidane. As great as we know Real can be, Bayern don't have a glaring weakness and are coming into form at the right moment.

      Juventus vs Barcelona

      My Team's Next MatchJuventus

      First Leg Pick: Juventus Draw no Bet (-125) on Bet365
      Qualification Match-Up Pick: N/A

      Juventus at home are money and have been for seasons. They are a bettors dream with respect to their reliability. Game plan wise I think we understand the deal with Barca - cut off the supply line to MSN, dispossess the midfield and you should be able to get your chances.

      It's how PSG hammered them 4-0... Can Juventus follow this blueprint over two legs?

      We will see, after all this is the Mighty Barcelona. However, with the pile up of travel and fixtures, this has been the part of the season where their big South American stars have faded in the past. Always keep in mind that these are men, not machines. And when the Old Lady basically an even money proposition at home it is a must bet.

      For up to the minute pick as and all things footy you can follow me on twitter @zahir_gilani

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