09 April 2007

Quick Second leg Champions League Predictions

Tuesday:
Valencia v Chelsea, 2:45pm, Setanta and ESPN Deportes: All eyes are on the supposed semi-final match-up between Liverpool and Chelsea, which would be the umpteenth time the two sides have met in a late round of a knock-out tournament, but despite Mourinho’s main focus being on the Champions League, Valencia’s earning of a draw, with an away goal to boot, at Stamford Bridge makes them heavy favorites to go through. As they were under Benitez, Valencia is not an easy side to turn over at the Mestalla. And I’m heartbroken that this predicted result would keep Liverpool and Chelsea from meeting yet again. Valencia 2-1
Manchester Utd v Roma, 2:45pm, espn2: How I would love to see Roma knock out United in the same week that their Premier League championship was suddenly thrown into doubt. I won’t lie, that would be utterly delightful. But Roma, at home and with United down to 10 men, had their chance, and could only bring a 2-1 lead to Manchester. Even at a one goal disadvantage, I’d still think United likely to go through, but the away goal should make it certain. United 2-0

Wednesday:
Bayern Munich v AC Milan, 2:45pm, espn2: Bayern did their part by battling back from two deficits last Tuesday, and got 2 much-needed away goals to put themselves in pole position. Neither team has had their usual domestic successes, but you’d think Bayern, whose problems have mainly come on the road, likely to seal this tie in Munich. However, contrary to logic, I just can’t see Milan going out at this stage, and I think it’ll be down to Kaka, who has become one of the best players in the world. Milan 1-0

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