April 14, 2009

Champions League predictions

Chelsea v. Liverpool
(@ Stamford Bridge, Chelsea leads 3-1 aggregate)

The Blues have a big -- but not insurmountable -- lead going into the second leg. Steven Gerrard is a bit hobbled, but should play, and get shut down by a full-strength Michael Essien (right). I think Fernando Torres will lead the Reds to an away win, but it won't be enough. Liverpool 2-1, but Chelsea advances 4-3.

Bayern Munich v. Barcelona
(@ Allianz Arena, Barcelona leads 4-0)

The end result was known at halftime of the first leg -- we know the Spanish side will advance. Heck, Rafa Marquez intentionally suspended himself from this one. I don't think either team will be up for this one. I predict a draw at the end of this boring affair. Call it 2-2 at the end of 90 minutes and Barca goes on 6-2.

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