Bayern Munich are now clear favourites for Champions League glory after booking their place in the quarter-finals in emphatic style.
After a goalless first leg away to Shakhtar Donetsk, the 2013 champions took full advantage of the third-minute dismissal of Olexandr Kucher to power to a 7-0 victory in the return clash in Munich.
Thomas Muller opened the scoring from the penalty opener after what had been the quickest red card in competition history to spark the goal-rush, with Muller himself grabbing a second while Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery, Holger Badstuber, Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski were also on the scoresheet.
And having been joint favourites with holders Real Madrid for most of the season, it’s Bayern who are now favoured by the bookies at a general 5/2. Real, who made heavier work of securing their last-eight place via a 5-4 aggregate success over Schalke, are a top-priced 10/3 with bwin.
That’s the same price as Barcelona, who play Manchester City for a place in the next round, and it’s then 10/1 bar the leading trio.
In stark contrast to Bayern, Chelsea were unable to take advantage of playing against ten men as they crashed out of the competition against Paris St Germain.
The French side had Zlatan Ibrahimovic red carded but battled superbly to edge through on away goals after a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. That was great news for those who followed our advice to back a French winner of the Champions League at 28/1, with the price now into 10/1.