Barcelona Listed at -600 To Qualify For Quarter-Finals

Published on February 17th, 2016 3:52 pm EST
Much to the delight of football fans all across the world, the Champions League Round of 16 is now underway.

Two of the Round of 16 opening flight games have already taken place (PSG topped Chelsea 2-1, while Benfica topped Zenit 1-0), while two more (Gent vs Wolfsburg and Roma vs Real Madrid) are currently in progress.

There are some very interesting Round of 16 match-ups, including Arsenal vs Barcelona and Bayern Munich vs Juventus. Barcelona is expected to go through easily, while Bayern Munich is expected to have a bit more difficulty against Juventus.

According to the bookmakers, Barcelona, which is powered by the dynamic trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Jr. and Luis Suarez, is expected to have the easiest time in the Round of 16, while the battle between Zenit St. Petersburg and Benfica is projected to be the closest match-up.

Here are the current odds to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals:

Arsenal, +300
Barcelona, -600

Juventus, +225
Bayern Munich, -300

Dynamo Kiev, +275
Man City, -400

PSV Eindhoven, +333
Atletico Madrid, -500

Chelsea, +200
Paris Saint-Germain, -275

Zenit St. Petersburg, +150
Benfica, -200

Real Madrid, -450
Roma, +500

Wolfsburg, -250
Gent, +300


While most expect that teams such as Barcelona and Bayern Munich will advance deep into the Champions League tournament, their paths are certainly fraught with danger. Bayern Munich has an especially tough Round of 16 match-up against a very tough Juventus team that would love nothing more than to surprise their German counterparts.

It's tough to imagine anyone stopping the momentum of Barcelona right now, but the beauty of Champions League is that absolutely anything can happen.

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