October 11, 2022
Predictions, Champions League odds Wednesday: Can Atletico Madrid catch Manchester City?  Will Liverpool coast?

The Champions League quarter-finals wrap up this week with the second legs of all four clashes taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday, all of which you can watch on Paramount+. Tuesday’s slate saw Real Madrid finish Chelsea in dramatic fashion and Villarreal shock Bayern Munich. Manchester City travel to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday and Liverpool host Benfica.

All games take place at 3 p.m. ET and you can catch the action live on Paramount+. Our experts choose which matches to watch, who is likely to score and more. See how they did on Tuesday and what they think will happen on Wednesday:

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Wednesday Broadcast Schedule

Liverpool v Benfica

Date: Wednesday April 13 | Weather: 3 p.m. ET | Direct: CBS and Paramount+
Location: Anfield–Liverpool, United Kingdom
Commentators: Clive Tyldesley and Rob Green (secondary reporter: Jules Breech)
Odds: Benfica +675; Draw +390; Liverpool -255 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Featured game | Liverpool v Benfica

A game to watch: Virgil van Dijk versus Darwin Nunez. It will be fascinating to watch unfold given how vital hot spot Uruguay is to the Portuguese giants’ goal threat. The only way for the Eagles to advance is to score more than once and their main route to goal will feature Nunez outlining the work Van Dijk and the Liverpool defense have ahead of them. –Jonathan Johnson

Most likely to score: Luis Diaz. I don’t expect this one to be full of goals so I’m going to pick up Luis Diaz where he left off in Portugal with an assist for Diogo Jota to score the game’s only goal. Alisson will be annoyed by Ibrahima Konate’s role in him not keeping a clean sheet in Lisbon, but the Brazilian will likely have to earn a clean sheet here given Nunez’s prowess in front of goal. –Jonathan Johnson

Choice man of the match: Thiago Alcantara. The 31-year-old Brazil-born Spain international has finally found his feet with Liverpool and that is set to continue with another intriguing display at Anfield which sees him orchestrating the game-changing moment. –Jonathan Johnson

Match prediction: Liverpool 1, Benfica 0. –Jonathan Johnson

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Atlético Madrid v Manchester City

Date: Wednesday April 13 | Weather: 3 p.m. ET | Direct: Paramount+
Location: Wanda Metropolitano — Madrid, Spain
Commentators: Pien Meulensteen and Karen Carney (secondary journalist: Guillem Balagué)
Odds: Atlético +400; Draw +250; Manchester City -130; O/U: 2.5 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Featured Game | Atlético Madrid v Manchester City

A game to watch: the midfield battle. It is difficult to choose which specific correspondence, because it is the whole unit that must change. Atletico posted a rare and insignificant 0.00 xG in the first leg, essentially doing as much in attack as you and me. They need to get more numbers forward from midfield, maybe put Rodrigo de Paul a bit higher, and they need to be more aggressive in attack. City, to counter, will look to keep possession of the ball for as long as they can and choose a defense that also needs to be a bit more aggressive. –Roger Gonzalez

Most likely to score: Riyad Mahrez. He should be fresh as he didn’t start against Liverpool, and Atleti concede quite a few free-kicks. It looks like a game where he could deliver from a free kick or from the wing. –Roger Gonzalez

Choice of man of the match: Rodri. He won’t get the honor as it won’t be a sexy performance, but his composure on the ball, his ability to change ground and hold the midfield will be crucial. Faced with his former team, he will not need additional motivation. –Roger Gozalez

Match prediction: Atlético Madrid 1, Manchester City 1. Pep Guardiola’s side get the opener and essentially head to the semi-finals with only a consolation goal from Atleti remaining close. –Roger Gonzalez

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Real Madrid v Chelsea

Date: Tuesday April 12 | Weather: 3 p.m. ET | Direct: CBS and Paramount+
Location: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium — Madrid, Spain
Commentators: Peter Drury and Jim Beglin (secondary journalist: Guillem Balagué)
Odds: Real +150; Draw +250; Chelsea +175; O/U: 2.5 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Featured Game | Real Madrid v Chelsea

One game to watch: Chelsea left winger vs Dani Carvajal. I would like to say the Chelsea striker against the Real Madrid defence, but Thomas Tuchel’s attack goes through the left so that’s where I’m going to lean. Tuchel has a decision to make between Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner over who should start, but if the chosen winger can beat Carvajal to create chances for Kai Havertz and Mason Mount, Chelsea will have a good chance to score some- one. the goals come back in this tie. -Chuck Booth

Most likely to score: Mason Mount. I don’t see either team getting a clean sheet, but I see Mount on the scoresheet. For Chelsea to get back into things, their key players will need to step up their efforts in Madrid and Mount is as essential as they come. With a goal and an assist, he will make things much closer than they were in the first leg. -Chuck Booth

Choice Man of the Match: Reece James. In the golden age of full-backs, James still shines as one of the best. Dangerous from anywhere on the pitch, he’ll offer a stunner that will help secure victory for Chelsea while helping them control possession for Real Madrid. -Chuck Booth

Match prediction: Real Madrid 1, Chelsea 2. Chelsea can win the game but I don’t see them in Spain stopping Real Madrid from advancing. The two-goal advantage will prove too difficult to overcome. -Chuck Booth

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Bayern Munich v Villarreal

Date: Tuesday April 12 | Weather: 3 p.m. ET | Direct: Paramount+
Location: Allianz Arena — Munich, Germany
Odds: Bayern -400 Draw +525; Villarreal +1000; O/U: 3.5 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Featured game | Bayern Munich v Villarreal

A match to watch: Juan Foyth vs. Alphonso Davies. This matchup was great last week and could be just as vital this time around. The Canadian has only recently returned to action and the Argentine’s successful work in Spain has seen his side keep a clean sheet. Central defense also keeping Robert Lewandowski at bay will be hugely influential, but cutting off supply to him is part of this battle. –Jonathan Johnson

Most likely to score: Robert Lewandowski. I expect Bayern to score at least once and this one to go beyond 90 so the Polish superstar wins this prediction while the most likely clean sheet will come from Manuel Neuer despite the shaky performance from last week. If Villarreal has a second consecutive shutout against the Germans, it’s over for Julian Nagelsmann and his family. –Jonathan Johnson

Pick Man of the Match: Joshua Kimmich. Since I expect Bayern to eventually qualify for the semi-finals, I’ll go for Kimmich as the main difference maker. The hosts can’t afford to repeat their performance in Spain and the Germany international plays as key a role in their fortunes as Lewandowski does in such games. –Jonathan Johnson

Match prediction: Bayern Munich 2, Villarreal 1 (Bayern winner on penalties). –Jonathan Johnson

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