Last week we had plenty of action to enjoy across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in Europe as 16 teams, eight in the Champions League and eight in the Europa League went head to head for a place in the semifinals of each tournament.

Five Premier League sides were amongst the sixteen teams competing in those games and there was a mixed bag of results for teams from England, with three of them landing crucial first leg victories, one of them only managing a draw, while one team were well beaten on the road in Spain and now need a special comeback in the second leg to stand any chance of going through.

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Let’s now take a look ahead to the eight games we have coming up in both the competitions this week across Europe, with the Champions League games on Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s Europa League action.

Champions League Quarterfinals 2nd Legs

Tuesday 13th April

  • Chelsea (2) v (0) FC Porto

I think of all the games taking place in the Champions League this week, this is the one that is most likely closest to being over as a contest. Chelsea’s two goals in Portugal, scored by England stars Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell, have put the Londoners in a very strong position here.

When you also consider that in four games against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, FC Porto have lost all four and they have won just two of five games at home against the English side, then the size of the task facing Porto becomes obvious.

As such, I don’t think this is a game that realistically, FC Porto have any chance of winning. I can’t see another 5-2 West Brom defeat scenario here for Chelsea fans to worry about and I think they will progress from this game very comfortably. Back Chelsea to win here at 4/5.

  • Paris St Germain (3) v (2) Bayern Munich

What a fantastic game of football these two teams served up on Wednesday night. Paris St Germain took their chances clinically despite Bayern having many more opportunities and Kylian Mbappe was once again the star man for the French side as he netted two goals on the road to help them to a first leg win.

Bayern will rue the many missed opportunities they had in that game, plus some rather poor defending but they will know that with there being just one goal in it, this tie is far from over, even if they have to go to Paris to try and land the win they need to progress.

The problem I have for Bayern is that while I can see them scoring in France, I can also see PSG scoring just as many goals and I think a draw is the bet to back here, which would of course mean that it is the French side that will progress into the semifinals.  Take the draw here at 3/1 with bet365.

Wednesday 14th April

  • Borussia Dortmund (1) v (2) Manchester City

All the action in this game came late on when Marco Reus equalised for Dortmund very late in the game only for Phil Foden to grab a winner in injury time. That goal could be priceless for City as they attempt to end their Champions League quarterfinal hoodoo on Wednesday night.

Dortmund really only have this competition to go for this season and at home, they will fancy their chances but I also think that City can and will play better than they did in the first leg as I think playing on the counter against that Dortmund defence will suit them a little more.

Haaland and Co will be a threat to City defensively and I do think this is a game where once again both teams will score a goal, maybe more, but I can’t see Dortmund doing quite enough to secure the win they need to progress and in fact, I think City will probably win the game on the night too. Back Man City to win here at 8/13.

  • Liverpool (1) v (3) Real Madrid

The Reds were well beaten in the first leg in Madrid, the Spaniards midfield and clever pressing game proving too much for the Reds to cope with, especially in the first half and there is no doubt that Real fully deserved the win, their fourth in a row against Liverpool.

However, they only need to ask their rivals Barcelona about how the Reds can mount a comeback in the second leg from a seemingly impossible position and that Mo Salah away goal in the second half does give the Reds a lifeline knowing a 2-0 win will see them through.

A good win, much needed, over Aston Villa ended their poor run of form at home at the weekend and that was a timely result. However, they are going to have to play considerably better if they are to achieve another massive comeback against the 11-time European Champions.

I can see the Reds perhaps scoring two goals here but can they keep a clean sheet against this Real Madrid side? I am not so sure they can, which means it will be the Spaniards going through. Back Liverpool to win on the night at 10/11 with bet365, but I think Real will progress anyway.

Europa League Quarterfinals 2nd Legs

Thursday 15th April

  • Manchester United (2) v (0) Granada

Manchester United ran out comfortable winners in the first leg last week in a game which saw them score a last minute penalty to land a 2-0 win. I do feel United have already done enough to progress but they have been better on the road in this competition and an early goal for Granada could make it tricky.

Despite that I am backing United to progress, only I feel they may do it via a draw. Take the draw here at 3/1.

  • AS Roma (2) v (1) Ajax Amsterdam

Ajax seemed to be on their way to an important win when they took the lead in the first leg but a fine Roma comeback in the second half saw the Italians grab the lead and two away goals putting them in a very strong position for the return leg at the Stadio Olimpico.

AS Roma have been in great form in the Europa League, especially at home and I think they are going to be too strong for this young and inexperienced Ajax side at these higher levels. As such, I am backing Roma to land the win here at 17/10.

  • Slavia Prague (1) v (1) Arsenal

For me this is the most open of all the games in the Europa League this week. Slavia earned a fine draw in London in the first leg but Arsenal have been better away from home in the Europa League, especially in the knockout stages of the competition and I think the Gunners are more suited to a counter-attacking style.

However, Slavia have gone 30 games unbeaten at home in all comptitions to an Arsenal win does look unlikely which leads me to believe that this game could end 0-0, 1-1 or 2-2. My gut feeling here is for a 1-1 and extra time to be needed to decide the winner, but backing the draw at 5/2 is my preferred bet here.

  • Villarreal (1) v (0) Dinamo Zagreb

The result I was most impressed with from the first leg of games, other than Roma’s win in Amsterdam, was Villarreal continuing their excellent Europa League form with a fine win away to Dinamo Zagreb.

Zagreb had beaten Spurs 3-0 to reach the quarterfinals and I did expect them to put up a better fight to be honest, but the Spaniards earned the win with a penalty and that was another win in a campaign that has seen them win every game bar one in this competition. I think they’ll add another victory to the list here too in the second leg. Back Villarreal to win at 9/20.

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