It’s been a whirlwind few months since the return of Premier League football and our television screens have been graced with practically back-to-back fixtures. After the league concluded last week, football fans have been left feeling a little lost after having so much to watch in such a short space of time.
The good news is that tomorrow marks the beginning of 16 epic days whereby the remaining teams battle it out to be crowned the Champions League winners.
Who Is Still in The Champions League?
The last games in the competition were placed in March, and a lot has happened since. Let us remind you who is left in contention, starting with the 4 teams already qualified for the Quarter Finals:
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Athletico Madrid
There are a further 8 teams still in the group stages because of the Coronavirus delays. After playing the first leg back in March, these are the upcoming fixtures across Friday and Saturday:
- Juventus v Lyon (agg: 0-1)
- Manchester City v Real Madrid (agg: 2-1)
- Barcelona v Napoli (agg: 1-1)
- Bayern Munich v Chelsea (agg: 3-0)
Once these group games are concluded, the quarter finals will begin on Wednesday the 12th of August, but the structure is going to be very different.
The Structure of The Champions League Fixtures
The biggest change to this year’s competition is the fact that both the quarter finals and semi finals will be played across one leg in a neutral stadium instead of the usual two legs both home and away.
Teams will only have one chance to progress to the next stage with no second leg retribution, so the stakes are higher than ever before. For neutrals, it’s sure to be an absolute spectacle to enjoy, but for fans it’s likely to be a nail-biting experience.
Atalanta will take on PSG on Wednesday, followed by Leipzig and Athletico Madrid on Thursday. The remaining quarter finals will be the remaining teams who are yet to conclude their group games.
Who is The Favourite to Win?
Both Bayern Munich and Manchester City are joint favourites to win at 10/3 with William Hill. Bayern Munich are not new to success in this competition, but it’s new ground for Manchester City.
Rank outsiders are Chelsea at 300/1 as they still have a 0-3 defeat to overcome against a very impressive Bayern team. There are several teams left that have never won the Champions League, including PSG, Leipzig and Atalanta, so don’t count those out, either.