Champions League preview and odds: Tuesday 3 April

The Champions League semi-final will be known by Wednesday night and it currently looks as though FC Barcelona will be playing Chelsea in the last four, while Bayern Munich will be lining up against Real Madrid

However, Barca and Chelsea still have some work on their hands to go through from their quarter final ties against Milan and Benfica respectively. Indeed, Milan will consider themselves to be in a great position considering they didn’t concede an away goal last week.

Barcelona v AC Milan 19:45
Both teams had chances to win the first leg at the San Siro, with the bookmakers anticipating a few goals after the pair had played out entertaining 2-2 and 2-3 encounters during the group stage.

However, Barcelona ensured that the Rossoneri were fairly shackled knowing that their impressive record at the Nou Camp should help Pep Guardiola’s side to reach yet another semi-final and they are 3/10 (Paddy Power free bets) to win on the night.

Like so many other teams this season, Milan will be trying to devise a way to counteract the unbelievable Lionel Messi although it is bordering on impossible to keep the little genius quiet for ninety minutes and he will be a popular bet at 9/4 (Ladbrokes) to open the scoring.

Barca will be wary of Milan’s counter-attacking potential, with the Italian league leaders simply needing a score draw to go through to the semi-finals and that has already been achieved when they drew 2-2 earlier in the campaign.

Odds of 5/1 (bet365 bookmaker) are available about this match ending all square and the visitors are 12/1 (Boylesports) to claim a famous victory which will see them through to a semi-final encounter against either Chelsea or Benfica.

Bayern Munich v Olympique Marseille 19:45
Bayern endured a miserable season last year, finishing third in the Bundesliga and getting knocked out of the Champions League by Internazionale.

However, Jupp Heynckes has brought about an improvement in fortunes which could yet see the Bavarians complete a league and Champions League double, even if they trail Borussia Dortmund by three points domestically.

This season’s Champions League final will be played at the Allianz Arena which provides Bayern with extra incentive to do well and they should have few problems setting up a semi-final clash against Real Madrid when faced with Marseille on Tuesday.

The German side are a best price 2/7 (Paddy Power free bets) to claim a victory that they don’t actually need although their opponents’ heads could drop if an early goal is conceded which would make the tie 3-0 on aggregate.

There is the small matter of an away tie in Dortmund next week which will mean first team players might actually be rested for this encounter, although it is still easy to back the home side at 4/6 (bet365 £200 free bets) to lead at half-time and full-time.

Marseille need to win by two goals to stand any chance of going through to the semi-final and they are a 12/1 chance (Bet Victor) to win on the night, although it has been nine games without a victory and this could be a battering, with Bayern a 22/1 chance to win 5-0.

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