Champions League Quarter-Finals – How they shape up

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The draw for the last eight of the Champions League has been made and there are four fascinating ties to look forward to.

We’ve had an in-depth look into the betting, key figures and fact for each match ahead of April’s encounters.

Tottenham v Manchester City

(1st leg April 9; 2nd leg April 17)
To qualify odds:
Tottenham 4/1
Manchester City 1/6
How their seasons stand:
Tottenham – Third in the Premier League, three points ahead of fifth as they bid to secure a top-four finish and Champions League football next season; the first leg will be just their second game in their new stadium.
Man City – Bidding for an unprecedented Quadruple – they play their FA Cup semi-final three days before this tie begins and currently sit second in the Premier League but will go top if they win their game in hand. Beat Spurs 1-0 away in the league in October.
Mid-tie opponents:
Tottenham – Entertain Huddersfield, who look almost certain to have been relegated by the time the game is played.
Man City – Face a tricky trip to Crystal Palace, who have already beaten them in the reverse fixture. Palace are scrapping for survival as they sit just five points above the drop zone.
1st leg suspensions:
None
Will miss 2nd leg if booked in 1st:
Tottenham – Toby Alderweireld, Erik Lamela, Hueng-min Son
Man City – Sergio Aguero

Liverpool v Porto

(1st leg April 9; 2nd leg April 17)
To qualify odds:
Liverpool 4/17
Porto 3/1
How their seasons stand:
Liverpool – Top of the Premier League as they chase their first title in 29 years, although rivals Manchester City have a game in hand.
Porto – Second in their domestic league to Benfica on goal difference with eight games to play.
Mid-tie opponents:
Liverpool – Chelsea at home, the game which ruined their 2013/14 title hopes. Chelsea will be desperate for a win as they seek a top-four finish. They currently sit sixth, three points outside.
Porto – Away to Portimonense, who sit safe in mid-table with little to play for.
1st leg suspensions:
Liverpool – Andy Robertson
Porto – Hector Herrera, Pepe
Will miss 2nd leg if booked in 1st:
Liverpool – None
Porto – Otavio, Eder Militao, Danilo Pereira

Manchester United v Barcelona

(1st leg April 10; 2nd leg April 16)
To qualify odds:
Man Utd 3/1
Barcelona 20/83
How their seasons stand:
Man Utd – Rejuvenated since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as manager but they remain outside the Premier League’s top four, two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal as they look to secure a return to this competition next season.
Barcelona – Ten points clear with 10 games to go in La Liga. Also in the Copa del Rey final so bidding for a Treble.
Mid-tie opponents:
Man Utd – Host West Ham, a side still in with a shout of finishing seventh, a position which could carry with it Europa League qualification.
Barcelona – Huesca away, an almost ideal game given there are just six days between the two legs. Huesca sit bottom and are currently seven points from safety.
1st leg suspensions:
None
Will miss 2nd leg if booked in 1st:
Man Utd – Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw
Porto – Nelson Samedo

Ajax v Juventus

(1st leg April 10; 2nd leg April 16)
To qualify odds:
Ajax 33/10
Juventus 4/19
How their seasons stand:
Ajax – Sit second in the Dutch Eredivisie, five points behind leaders PSV with eight games to play. However, with a big gap to third there is no pressure on their place in next season’s Champions League.
Juventus – Firmly on course for an eighth consecutive Serie A title as they are 15 points clear at the top with 10 games to play – it is feasible they are champions by the time they play this tie.
Mid-tie opponents:
Ajax – Host Excelsior, who sit 15th (of 18) and are battling against the drop.
Juventus – Away to SPAL, who sit just two points outside the relegation zone.
1st leg suspensions:
Ajax – Noussair Mazraoui
Juventus – None
Will miss 2nd leg if booked in 1st:
Ajax – Daley Blind, Matthijs De Ligt, Nicolas Tagliafico, Donny van de Beek, Hakim Ziyech
Juventus – Blaise Matuidi, Federico Bernardeschi

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