Champions League previews: Wednesday 28 March
AC Milan v FC Barcelona 19:45 BST
For the third time this season, Milan and Barcelona clash swords in what is the biggest Champions League quarter final tie this season.
Barcelona are the favourites to win this season’s tournament, having put Real Madrid and Manchester United to the sword last time around, although Pep Guardiola’s side might have their work cut out on Wednesday night.
Milan are 4/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) to claim a first leg victory against the Spanish champions and many people might think those odds are rather sizeable considering that this is a team that are top of Serie A.
The Rossoneri also showed how lethal they can be in front of their own supporters when beating Arsenal 4-0 at the San Siro in the previous round, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic helping to carve the Gunners apart with some expert forward play.
The Swede has previously been on the books at the Nou Camp and will be super motivated to perform against his former club, with odds of 15/2 (Bet Victor free bets) about the striker scoring the first goal of the game.
Barcelona made short work of Bayer Leverkusen in the previous round and certainly won’t be sitting back in this match, having previously beaten Milan 3-2 at the San Siro in the group stage.
The Catalan club are a 3/4 chance to claim a first leg victory which would set them well on course to a place in the Champions League semi-finals and one step away from the final at the Allianz Arena.
Naturally, the star player for Barcelona is the irrepressible Lionel Messi and he can be backed at 3/1 (Stan James bookmaker) to score the first goal of this contest, while it was Alexis Sanchez that did the damage away at Leverkusen.
We should potentially expect a high-scoring affair based on the 2-2 and 2-3 scorelines from the group stage and the bookies have certainly taken that view with their 7/10 quote (bet365 £200 free bets) about Over 2.5 Goals.
Marseille v Bayern Munich 7.45pm
With Lyon being eliminated at the hands of APOEL Nicosia in the last sixteen, it is left to Marseille to fly the flag for France in this competition and they were able to get past Inter Milan in the last round to set up a clash with another European heavyweight.
It is a tall order for Olympique to get past Bayern Munich at this stage of the competition, although they have a first leg match at home to try and establish an advantage, with odds of 4/1 (William Hill free bets) about a win for the French side.
Even so, Marseille have not been too strong on home soil this season with just 6 wins from their 15 matches and Bayern will arrive with lots of attacking intent. It beggars belief how they failed to score in Basel and will look to correct that when they take to the pitch on Wednesday.
The German side are 10/11 (Paddy Power) to claim a first leg victory before finishing the job at the Allianz Arena, with the visitors looking to take advantage of a side that have not won in eight games.