We’re entering the best part of the soccer season as the Champions League quarterfinals are set to start on Tuesday (2:45 pm ET) with matches between Juventus/Real Madrid and Bayern Munich/Sevilla. Then on Wednesday, Barcelona clashes with Roma, while we get an all-EPL meeting between Manchester City and Liverpool. The opening legs of these quarterfinal matches will be crucial in terms of advancing to the semifinals (played April 24/25 and May 1/2).
Here’s a look at the odds via 5Dimes to advance to the semifinals. Keep in mind that each matchup features a home-and-home series, with away goals as the tiebreaker.
OPENING ODDS TO ADVANCE
Real Madrid -195 | Juventus +168
Bayern -630 | Sevilla +465
Barcelona -650 | Roma +475
Man City -235 | Liverpool +195
CURRENT ODDS TO ADVANCE
Real Madrid -220 | Juventus +180
Bayern -820 | Sevilla +560
Barcelona -800 | Roma +550
Man City -245 | Liverpool +205
Since opening a few weeks ago, there’s been considerable movement on favorites Bayern Munich (-630 to -820), Barcelona (-650 to -800) and Real Madrid (-195 to -220). There’s also been a small adjustment on Manchester City, who are now -245 to advance after opening -235. While it’s true that public bettors tend to flock toward the favorites, there’s clearly been some agreement among sharper bettors in each matchup. Now on to the opening legs …