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Brilliant Bayern Prepare For CL Knock-Out Phase

The prospects of an all-English Champions League quarter-final were raised last week by big first-leg wins for both Manchester City and Liverpool, together with Tottenham’s fightback from 2 goals down to earn a draw with Juventus.

Meanwhile the tournament betting was significantly affected by Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over PSG, who had been the second favourites prior to the start of the knock-out phase. The highlight this week is Chelsea’s meeting with Barcelona on Tuesday, with Bayern Munich’s home tie against Besiktas likely to be very much in its shadow.

Bayern made a poor start to the season and the 3-0 defeat to PSG persuaded them to part company with Carlo Ancelotti in September and turn to Juup Heynckes, who preceded Pep Guardiola in the hot seat and led the Bavarians to the treble in 2013. Under Heynckes, Bayern’s results have been remarkable and they are now the 11/2 third favourites with most firms to lift the trophy, behind Manchester City and Barcelona. Bayern have won 22 of their last 23 matches in all competitions, almost overturning the deficit against PSG and opening up a 19-point lead in the Bundesliga. They should breeze into the last eight, where they will be formidable opponents for anyone.

All odds quoted are subject to change