Tuesday 16th April
Barcelona v Man Utd – 8pm (Olly)
First leg finished 1-0 to Barca BUT, Barca did struggle in the Midfield.
Since, United scrapped a 2-1 win over West Ham and Barca Drew 0-0 with Huesca (away and rest most of the first team)
Barca will be fully rested ahead of this game.
United are massive underdogs here, despite only being 1-0 down.
They did pull off the unbelievable at PSG but since then have taken a turn in form.
United have lost their last 3 away games and looked shakey
Barca haven’t conceded in their last 3 matches and are unbeaten at home since November
United know the psychological importance of an early goal. They also have nothing to lose. Once again the stats are stacking up against them. Injuries, missing players and no one is expecting them to qualify. Messi is in red hot form and the Nou Camp is never a place to go an get a result even when you are in form with a full 1st team. This United squad are young fighters. They have proved it multiple times this season.
For those superstitious ones out there (Olly), this year marks the 20th anniversary of THAT night at the Nou Camp where a certain Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored THAT injury time winning goal against Bayern to win the CL, wearing the number 20 shirt. He now returns. 1-0 down as United manager. Is it meant to be? (Wes is going to kill me)
Tip: Man Utd Double Chance 1st Half (1.94) / Man Utd to score first (3.50) / Man Utd to qualify (7.50) / Man Utd & BTTS (12.00)
Score Prediction: 1-2
Team to Progress: Man Utd (7.50)
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Juventus v Ajax – 8pm (Tom)
First leg finished 1-1
Juventus lost 2-1 v SPAL at the weekend
That was just their 2nd league defeat of the season
But they’ve basically won the league already – still 17 points clear
Their last 3 games have all seen BTTS
But at home they’re class – won 5 in a row
Ajax won 6-2 at the weekend – now scored 17 in last 5 games
Their last 5 games have all seen BTTS
Ajax have only lost 1 of their last 17 CL games
But I still think Juventus will be too much – JUST
Tip: BTTS (1.75) / Ronaldo anytime (1.97) / Juventus & BTTS (3.45)
Score Prediction: 2-1
Team to progress: Juventus (1.37)
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Wednesday 17th April
Porto v Liverpool – 8pm (Olly)
Porto lost the first leg 2-0
Liverpool are flying at the minute and have a real self-belief about them, beating Chelsea 2-0 at the weekend too.
The last time Liverpool visited they won 5-0 in the group stages.
Liverpool have kept clean sheets the last 3 times they have faced Porto
Andrew Robertson returns from suspension for Liverpool
Pepe and Hector Herrera return from suspension for Porto
Can’t see Porto getting anything from this.
Tip: Liverpool to win (2.10) RED
Score Prediction: 0-1
Team to progress: Liverpool (1.01)
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Man City v Spurs – 8pm (Tom)
Spurs won the first leg 1-0 – Son scored
Man City won 1-3 away v Palace at the weekend
Now won 9 league games in a row
And they’ve won 5 of their last 6 home games to nil
And scored 20 goal in those 6 home games – averaging over 3 a game
Spurs are in great form too though
They have won the last 3 on the bounce – all to nil
But on the road they’ve struggled
Lost 5 of the last 6 – conceding 2 goals in each of those 5 games
Tip: Aguero anytime (1.72) / Man City to nil (1.33)
Score Prediction: 2-0
Team to progress: Man City to go through (1.67)