The Champions League quarter-finals return over the next week, with a number of mouth-watering and interesting ties to be played between Europe’s elite.

One of the most-intriguing match-ups will see Spanish over-achievers Sevilla take on German heavyweights Bayern Munich.

Looking at the Champions League betting odds, the Bavarians are overwhelming favourites, with the Bundesliga side expected to make the semi-finals.

However, much will depend on what happens in the first leg on Tuesday night, with Sevilla welcoming their opponents to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pijzuan.

Vincenzo Montella’s men have shown this season that they can match some of Europe’s elite clubs on their day, with the Andalusian outfit eliminating Manchester United in the last round – as Alexis Sanchez struggled to make an impact.

Sevilla’s attacking options like Ever Banega, Wissam Ben Yedder and Luis Muriel have the potential to fire the Spaniards into the final stages – but the La Liga side’s defence will make or break the tie.

The Sanchez Pijzuan is an imposing venue for most visitors, with the home fans getting behind their team.

Many sides have crumbled when travelling to Sevilla, but good teams have recently shown that the Spanish side’s defence is vulnerable.

The La Liga side have conceded 44 goals in 29 domestic games this term, including five in a 5-2 home defeat to Atletico Madrid earlier this year.

Bayern’s attacking options continue to look menacing, with Jupp Heynckes’ side scoring 66 goals in 27 Bundesliga games this season.

For Sevilla, containing Robert Lewandowski will be the biggest test, with the Poland international scoring almost a goal a game in 2017-18.

The predatory number nine is backed up by proven stars such as Thomas Muller, Arturo Vidal and Kingsley Coman – the Spanish side will need to be much improved defensively to stand a chance of progression.

Sevilla will surely need to take a lead to Germany to stand a chance of making the semi-finals, with Simon Kjaer and Clement Lenglet set to put under a lot of pressure at the heart of the Spanish rearguard.

Both teams have tough domestic games in the lead-up to the Champions League clash, with both clubs’ squad depth to be tested.

Bayern face Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, while Sevilla host La Liga leaders Barcelona, including the mercurial Lionel Messi, on the same day.

Sevilla have the weaponry to hurt Bayern, but anything other than the Germans prevailing over 180 minutes would be a major surprise.


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