Champions League Scene Setter: Barcelona slip as French pair win big

Bernardo Silva scored twice as Monaco won 3-0 at Caen on Friday night
Bernardo Silva scored twice as Monaco won 3-0 at Caen on Friday night
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Ahead of the quarter-final first legs, Michael Lintorn assesses the form and Champions League winner odds of the eight survivors...

"A 2-2 draw with Sevilla has shaken Barcelona slightly, yet their previous blip came right before the triumph at the Etihad Stadium, and they are 1.8810/11 to redeem this one with a win at Paris St-Germain."

Bayern Munich 3.185/40

The favourites have been in action five times since thrashing Shakhtar 7-0. There was a rare setback in a 2-0 home defeat to third-placed Borussia Monchengladbach, but they recovered with unusually functional victories away to Borussia Dortmund (1-0) and Bayer Leverkusen (on penalties in the cup after a 0-0) before a more Pep Guardiola-befitting 3-0 takedown of Frankfurt. Despite being winless in three away knockout ties - scoring just once - they are 1.834/5 to conquer Porto on Wednesday.


Barcelona 3.55/2

Having started 2015 on such a downer with a 1-0 loss to David Moyes' Real Sociedad, things have gone rather brilliantly since. Prior to the weekend, Barcelona were on a run of 20 wins in 21 and nine in succession, beating Atletico Madrid three times, Man City twice and Real Madrid in the Clasico. A 2-2 draw with Sevilla has shaken things slightly, yet their previous blip came right before the triumph at the Etihad Stadium, and they are 1.8810/11 to redeem this one with a win at Paris St-Germain.


Real Madrid 5.49/2

The holders were halfway through a horrid spell of three reverses in four when they last played in the Champions League, falling 4-3 to Schalke at the Bernabeu as they almost blew a 5-2 aggregate lead. They won all eight continental fixtures prior to that and have regained form with three victories this month, but have cause to fear neighbours Atletico Madrid despite outlasting them in last year's final. Real have faced them six times already in 2014/15 without success, and are a 1.548/15 lay to qualify.


Juventus 10.519/2

The Old Lady have been contesting a one-team scudetto race since Roma fell away in January and, while they have maintained focus admirably on the whole, they faltered badly on Saturday, sinking 1-0 at penniless bottom club Parma in only their second Serie A loss of the season. Succumbing to complacency is something that they can't afford in the Champions League. They are expected to progress past Monaco at 1.3130/100, but Arsenal learnt that underrating them is ruthlessly punished.


Atletico Madrid 17.5

Atletico look more likely to retain Champions League final status than their La Liga title as they trail Barcelona by nine points with seven to play domestically, yet it has been a competitive defence. They head into their quarter-final with Real Madrid undefeated in eight games, while they haven't lost to Carlo Ancelotti's men in six meetings since leading them for 54 minutes in Lisbon last May. Atleti won all three at the Vicente Calderon without conceding and are 2.9215/8 to prevail again.


Paris St-Germain 22.021/1

Laurent Blanc's men followed their glorious draw with ten men at Chelsea with defeat to Bordeaux, so the Ligue 1 title defence remains incomplete. They are bossing the cups though, lifting the Coupe de la Ligue on Saturday by thrashing Bastia - who saw Sebastien Squillaci sent off early - 4-0, having reached the Coupe de France final three days before. However, the French side haven't won in three Champions League games and are 1.8810/11 to extend that streak with a home loss to Barcelona.


Porto 80.079/1

The 2003/04 winners' main weapon as they bid to bring down Bayern Munich is their form as hosts. They haven't lost a Champions League tie at the Estadio do Dragao since October 2013 (admittedly a visiting cast of Austria Wien, Lille, BATE, Athletic Bilbao, Shakhtar and FC Basel aren't Bayern-calibre) and they have won ten in a row there in all competitions, keeping six straight clean sheets. Porto are unbeaten in ten Champions League encounters this term, though Bayern are 1.834/5 to change that.


Monaco 95.094/1

They might have profited from Arsenal taking them lightly in the round-of-16, yet Monaco's joy in that double header was clearly no one-off. The 2003/04 Champions League finalists have been Ligue 1's top performers by some distance since December - a month that they started in tenth - giving them an outside chance of snatching the title against all expectations. Quarter-final foes Juventus are unbeaten in seven Champions League ties in Turin though, and are 1.51/2 to win the first leg.

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