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Champions League: And Then There Were 8

The ties are set, and only eight clubs remain in the battle for European football’s most coveted prize. With only 3 rounds remaining in the 63rd season of Europe’s top football clubs tournament, the quarterfinals bring us some fascinating matchups. Only one team will ultimately be crowned at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.

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April 3rd/4th: Quarter-finals, first leg
April 10th/11th: Quarter-finals, second leg
April 13th: Semi-final draw
April 24th/25th: Semi-finals, first leg
May 1st/2nd: Semi-finals, second leg
May 26th: Final (NSC Olimpiyski, Kyiv)

Barcelona v Roma

Barcelona is currently the favorite to win the tournament (+200), and many believe they got a favorable draw. The two clubs have faced off four times with each claiming a victory and two draws. Winning at home will be critical for Barcelona; they have never lost while playing at Camp Nou vs. Italian competition.

Sevilla v Bayern München

Sevilla comes into this tie with confidence at an all-time high. In the round of 16, Los Rojiblancos knocked off English giants Manchester United and did so by securing a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford in the deciding leg. Confidence is what they will need, and playing at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan has served them well vs. German opposition, where they have 7 wins and 4 draws. Also, Bayern München has been defeated in its last five trips to Spain. This will be the first encounter between the two clubs in UEFA competitions.

Juventus vs. Real Madrid

These teams are very familiar with each other having faced off 19 previous times. The clubs are almost identically split when it comes to victories with Real Madrid having one more (9) than Juventus. That one extra victory being the most pivotal, as it was served in the form of a 4-1 thumping in last years final in Cardiff. The last five times these two powerhouses have crossed paths in this competition, the Italian side has dominated going dating back to the 2002/2003 semifinals. Also, in the last 3 matchups in 2 legged ties, Juventus is 3-0 vs the defending Champions.

Liverpool v Manchester City

Football supporters from around the world will be on the edge of their seats for this thrilling encounter between two of English top scoring sides. This EPL season, City have netted 85 goals in 30 matches while Liverpool has scored 68 in the same time frame. With an 18 point gap for Liverpool to catch the current leaders, this competition might be their last chance to claim a trophy. Manchester City is 26-3-1 leading the EPL this season, with the lone loss coming to Liverpool. City is 2-5-1 in their last eight encounters vs. the Reds.

The action kicks back off April 3rd, stay tuned as we try and continue our 16-4 incredible run.

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