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Champions League First Quarterfinal Matches Preview

As the 2023 UEFA Champions League quarter-final ensues, we bring you a preview and predictions of the first leg of these fixtures.

Published on 11 Apr 2023

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Oh yes! The most exciting stage of the Champions League is underway, and from here onward, we are bound to see intense and competitive football that will put viewers on edge. Year after year, Champions League football never fails to deliver. With the caliber of teams in the competition’s quarter-finals, we are sure in for an exciting two-legged matchup. Manchester City against Bayern Munich is unarguably anticipated to be the most intense matchup of the quarterfinal. However, we still have the battle of Italian giants AC Milan and Napoli. Real Madrid and Chelsea also meet once again for the third year in a row in the competition. Keep reading as we preview the matches of the 2023 Champions League quarterfinal.

Champions League 2023 Quarter Final Draw

  • Manchester City Vs Bayern Munich
  • Benfica Vs Inter Milan
  • Real Madrid Vs Chelsea
  • AC Milan Vs Napoli

Champions League 2023 Quarter-Final Venue And Kick-Off Time

Match: Manchester City Vs Bayern Munich

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Time: 3:00 pm E.T, 20:00 British Summer Time (BST)

Match: Benfica Vs Inter Milan

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Venue: Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal

Time: 3:00 pm E.T, 20:00 Western European Summer Time (WEST)

Match: Real Madrid Vs Chelsea

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Venue: Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain

Time: 3:00 pm E.T, 21:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Match: AC Milan Vs Napoli

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Venue: San Siro, Milan, Italy

Time:3:00 pm E.T, 21:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST)

UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg Match Preview

Manchester City Vs Bayern Munich

This is a very exciting matchup, without a doubt. Beyond the class of the teams involved, it’s a battle of two coaches who have shown their tactical prowess on the biggest stages. Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola’s rivalry dates back to when both coached in the German Bundesliga. Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea eight games into the current 2023 season, but now he has a new job as the new head coach of Bayern Munich. Tuchel’s Bayern now faces Pep Guardiola’s side that’s on a hot chase for European Glory.

Benfica Vs Inter Milan

Benfica dominates the Portuguese domestic league, the Liga Primera; they occupy first place. They could pose as one of the hottest teams in Europe right now, as they have only two losses to their name in all competitions this season. On the other hand, Inter Milan is struggling this season; they only managed to squeeze past Porto in the round of sixteen as their performances have not been convincing. They are also fifth in the Italian Serie A, with the hopes of them featuring in the Champions League next season gradually fading.

Real Madrid Vs Chelsea

The King of Champions League football Real Madrid faces a familiar opponent in Chelsea again for the third time in a row in the elimination stage of the competition. Real Madrid is not doing badly this season; they recently humiliated Barcelona to book a spot in the Copa del Rey final; meanwhile, their opponent Chelsea is struggling immensely this season. With a sporadic change of head coaches in one season, the club is far from balanced, and with another familiar figure in charge as an interim head coach in the person of Frank Lampard, we hope they will be able to turn things around.

AC Milan Vs Napoli 

Napoli has been phenomenal this season, and they already look like they have won the league with about nine games left to play. They have simply dominated both in the Serie A and Champions League. They are up against the defending Serie A champions AC Milan in the 2023 UEFA Champions League quarter-final. On the other hand, AC Milan is having an abysmal season compared to their last season. They have all to prove in this fixture, as they are the underdog.

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UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg Match Predictions

Manchester City Vs Bayern Munich

This is one hell of a matchup. Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola are geniuses when it comes to football tactics, and we envisage this game to be won simply by whoever can outwit the other. Tuchel just recently took over the helm at Bayern, and he’s still trying to get his ideas across to his players. However, we know his footballing principles don’t take much time to implement, so his short time spent in charge so far might not be much of a factor. On the other hand, Guardiola has star striker Erling Haaland back and firing, ready for the midweek Champions League fixture.

  • This will be a close game; looking at the history between these two coaches, the results of games between them are usually low scoring. Under 2.5 goals is the pick here, and according to our esteemed partners Stake.com, the odds for this pick are 2.26 (decimal), +126 (American).

Benfica Vs Inter Milan

Inter Milan is nowhere near Benfica’s level. Benfica lost their star midfielder Enzo Fernandez in the winter transfer window and is still firing on all cylinders. On the other hand, Inter Milan has yet to have a convincing performance this season and is clearly the underdog in this matchup. We know that Benfica’s team in question is very potent on attack and Inter Milan’s defenders will have a lot on their plate in this matchup.

  • This game, with all indications, is Benfica’s to lose, and Inter Milan playing at home doesn’t make much of a difference. Benfica to win is the pick here, and according to our partners Stake.com, the odds for this pick according to Stake.com are 1.54 (decimal), -185 (American).

Real Madrid Vs Chelsea

Chelsea is not the team to back at this moment. After their abysmal performance in the 1-0 loss to Wolves in their last Premier League game, it’s difficult to give them the edge here. On the other hand, Real Madrid is a team we have seen over the years to have dominated the Champions League, so they are the automatic favorite in this matchup. However, Real’s defense conceded three in their last league outing against Villareal, which has influenced our analysis of this game.

  • We know Chelsea has a habit of impressing in the Champions League even when they are having an abysmal season in general; this is why we are backing both teams to score in this game. The odds for this pick, according to Stake.com, are 1.93 (decimal), -108 (American).

AC Milan Vs Napoli 

This game should be a walk in the park for Napoli, provided Victor Osimehn is in full health. However, regardless of the outcome of the playing status of the in-form Nigerian striker, Napoli still has enough in their artillery to put this game away. AC Milan has been impressive lately, but their last league game ended in a goalless draw, and they need to be at the top of their game if they will have any chance against the ruthless Napoli team.

  • Napoli is the favorite to win here, and the odds for this pick, according to our reliable partner Stake.com, are 2.55 (decimal). +155 (American).

We are in for an exciting round of football in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. FBR is here to provide you with previews, odds, and predictions as the competition advances. Follow FBR for more football-related odds, previews, and predictions.

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