The Manchester United mettle, along with every other aspect of their game, tangible or otherwise, will face the sternest of tests when they take on FC Bayern in the Champions League quarter finals.
It’s fair to say David Moyes would have preferred to avoid the reigning champions after masterminding the Red Devils’ heroic comeback against Olympiakos in the last-16 and his side are available to back at a massive 15/4 to prevail in the first-leg at Old Trafford.
Unquestionably the tie of the round, being drawn against holders and favourites FCB has seen United pushed out to 33/1 to hoist the trophy, with Bavaria’s finest 7/4 to be the first side to record successive victories in the competition since its 1992 rebrand.
There can be no arguing over the glamour fixture of the last eight, but arguably one of the most intriguing, if not exceedingly difficult to call, is Paris Saint-Germain’s tussle with Chelsea.
Les Parisiens are favourites to take the first-leg at 21/20, with home advantage working in their favour, but Chelsea’s 9/4 is well-worth entertaining with Champions League expert Jose Mourinho at the helm.
In a battle of wits with relative rookie Laurent Blanc – navigating the waters with only his second club – the Portuguese must be fancied to come out on top, with the Blues’ 4/5 underdog price to advance to the last-four the best value bet ahead of the quarters.
Alongside Man Utd, Borussia Dortmund are the other big drifter in the outright betting having been handed the unenviable task of facing Real Madrid for a place in the final four.
Los Merengues will have vengeance on their mind after being toppled by die Schwarzgelben at the semi-final stage of the previous instalment and their microscopic 9/50 for progression is a strong indicator that they’ll be dishing it up.
Real’s city foes Atletico have been handed a tough, but not insurmountable task as they look to reach the semis for the first time in their history.
Barcelona are the brick wall they must bulldoze, but Los Blaugrana haven’t bested them in three meetings so far this term, with their diamond-laden attack mustering just one goal in these games.
Should the lauded rearguard of Diego Simeone’s side come to the fore across both legs, a punt on the 11/5 for them to advance will prove exceptional value.