Quick Previews and Betting Odds for UEFA Champions League 2014/15 Quarter-Finals

UEFA Champions League - Tournament LogoTies to be played April 14 and 22, 2015:

Paris Saint-Germain vs. Barcelona
Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid

Ties to be played April 15 and 21, 2015:

FC Porto vs. Bayern Munich
Juventus vs. AS Monaco

Atletico Madrid face-off Real Madrid once more in the UEFA Champions League but in the quarter finals. Last time the two met in the Championship was at Wembley last year in the final when Sergio Ramos's last-minute equalizer helped Real take control of the game in extra-time and win convincingly 4-1. Since then Real Madrid haven't won a single game in all competitions against their city rivals including a humiliating 0-4 loss in a La Liga clash at the Vicente Calderon last month. Los Blancos current loss of form will be a cause of concern going into the 1st leg clash with Atletico. Odds suggest a tight affair.

To qualify:
Atletico Madrid: 8/5
Real Madrid: 1/2

Paris St-Germain will play Barcelona in a repeat of their 2012-2013 quarter-final clash. Barcelona won over the French club that time. Although PSG put on a great show in the 2nd leg at Stamford Bridge edging out Chelsea from the championship, the Catalan club is a much better team than the one that faced them in 2012-13. Laurent Blanc will have to do some serious out-of-the-box thinking to stop a rampaging Messi & Co. The odds are hence very much in favour of the Spanish club.

To qualify:
Paris St-Germain: 23/10
Barcelona: 1/3

The powerful Bayern Munich are indeed the favourites in their Round of 8 clash against Porto. But they will have to be wary as Porto will be coming out confident from a 4-0 bulldozing of Basel in the Round of 16. The German club cannot take comfort from their 7-0 thrashing of a 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk. The Portuguese club won't be pushovers, but few fancy them to make it to the semi-finals against one of the tournament favourites.

To qualify:
Porto: 9/2
Bayern Munich: 1/7

Monaco may feel good about their 3-1 away win at the Emirates against Arsenal, but in the return match at Monte Carlo, chinks in their armour were revealed and they were lucky to have got away with just two goals. The famed Monaco defense was nowhere to be seen, as Arsenal created umpteen opportunities and could have banged in at least three or four more. Don't expect the likes of Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata to let off the French club so easily. Unless Juventus behave as foolishly as the Gunners did at Emirates by letting in 3 goals, the Italian giants should not face any problems against a dour Monaco. The odds perfectly reflect that.

To qualify:
Juventus: 4/11
Monaco: 21/10