Betting: Expect drama as Europe's elite chase places in last four

 
Ben Cleminson
Juventus v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg
Juventus saw off Barcelona 3-0 in an emphatic performance last week (Source: Getty)

Emotions are sure to run high on what promises to be a fascinating night of Champions League football this evening.

Monaco’s 3-2 win over Dortmund was arguably the pick of the first leg matches, but the delayed game was set to the backdrop of an attack on the German side’s bus – and questions over whether it should have been played at all.

Despite a number of players complaining that they weren’t in the right state of mind to play, the show went on, with two goals from 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe inspiring the French side to victory.

Dortmund recovered to beat Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, but anger towards UEFA continues – Marc Barta, who broke his wrist in the incident on Tuesday, will miss this game.

Read more: Borussia Dortmund in shock at team bus blast attack

Picking a winner here is tough – but you can almost guarantee excitement.

Monaco’s last three Champions League games have yielded 17 goals, and their gung-ho style could see action at both ends of the pitch.

188BET make it evens for over 3.5 goals.

The other tie of the evening should be all but over – but tell that to Barcelona.

They overturned a four goal deficit to beat Paris Saint-Germain in the last round, so the 3-0 reversal this time around will seem like small fry.

Juventus, of course, are no PSG – their well-drilled defence is arguably the best in Europe, and they are much better placed to withhold the Barca barrage.

They kept Lionel Messi and co at arm’s length in Turin, and could do so again tonight.

Read more: Betting: Home advantage can see Juventus down Barcelona tonight

Messi was outshone by fellow Argentine Paulo Dybala, and the youngster’s star can rise even further with another leading performance in the Nou Camp.

With a lead to protect, I can see Juventus shutting up shop.

I’m backing the draw at 15/4 with 188BET.

Pointers

Monaco v Dortmund: Over 3.5 goals - Evens (188BET)

Barcelona v Juventus: Draw - 15/4 (188BET)

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