Mar 20 2009 @stuartflatt

Well the time is upon us, the draw is currently being made for this years Champions League Quarter Finals. Who is your team and who do you want? Who did you actually get and how will the games go? I guess worldwide Barcelona must be the favourites, and yes they have been playing good football all season, but seriously I would expect Liverpool, United or Chelsea to turn them over. For me? Call me biased but you can already engrave the trophy with Liverpool! Beating United in the final. Draw and predictions after the break…

Teams left are;
Manchester United
Liverpool
Chelsea
Arsenal

Barcelona
Bayern Munich
FC Porto
Villarreal

The first legs will be played on the 7/8 April and the second legs on the 14/15 April. Draw will be updated as we know more;

Villarreal Vs Arsenal
Manchester United Vs FC Porto
Liverpool Vs Chelsea
FC Barcelona Vs Bayern Munich

Well as usual Arsenal and United get the easy run ins. Obviously I am all over Liverpool and Chelsea but for me the Barcelona and Bayern matchup could be a stormer. My predictions are below;

Villarreal Vs Arsenal

I can really only see this going way. Villarreal struggled in the last round against a pretty poor Panathinaikos and although Arsenal were far from convincing against Roma they have showed some good form of late. I am going to go for 2 – 1 away and 1 – 0 at home for Arsenal and it will be a pretty comfortable few weeks for the gooners.

Manchester United Vs FC Porto

I can only see this going even more one way! Perfect draw for United and Sir Alex. Porto eventually struggled past Athletico Madrid on away goals, while United cruised past Jose and Inter Milan. Porto do have form against united when a then pre-Chelsea manager by the name of Jose Mourinho took Porto all the way in 2004 but that was a long long time ago. I see you United really turning it on with an easy 2 – 0 win at home and then with Porto chasing the game a 3 – 1 win away.

Liverpool Vs Chelsea

Wow, I think this is the 3rd time these two have met in the last 4 years in Champions League knockout stages with Chelsea getting the better of Liverpool last year. But Liverpool couldn’t be any more confident after scoring 4 goals a piece against Real Madrid and Manchester United in successive games yet only conceding one goal. Chelsea are gradually finding their feet under Big Guus but Liverpool will just have too much over the 2 legs with Torres, Gerrard and Alonso hopefully all fighting fit. Tough to predict but I think Liverpool will run away with it in the first leg 3 – 1 and then hold on for a 1 – 1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

FC Barcelona Vs Bayern Munich

Well after Bayern’s demolition of Sporting in the last round I had them down as my dark horses for the cup, and to be honest Barcelona may not be a bad draw for them. With Klose coming into form, Luca Toni and then Frank Ribery being reborn this season they will cause this years favourites problems. How many I am not sure, but I am going to stick my neck out and say Barca 2 – 1 at home, Bayern 2 – 1 at home and a Bayern Munich win on penalties.

Well there you have it, my thoughts on the Champions League Draw, how will it turn out? Who knows but I can’t wait!!

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