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Thread: Quarter finals predictions
18-03-2011, 08:38 PM #1
We've already got the game thread for the tie between Spurs and Madrid, but I'm curious to see what everyone is thinking for the other match-ups.
Chelsea - Manchester United
First leg at Stamford Bridge - 2-1 Chelsea
Second leg at Old Trafford - 2-0 United
United wins 3-2 on aggregate
Real Madrid - Tottenham
First leg at Bernabeu - 2-0 Madrid (Ronaldo x2)
Second leg at White Hart Lane - 2-1 Spurs (VDV, Bale, Ronaldo)
Madrid wins 3-2 on aggregate
Barcelona - Shaktar
First leg at Nou Camp - 3-1 Barcelona
Second leg at Donetsk - 2-2
Barca goes through 5-3 on aggregate
Inter - Schalke
First leg at San Siro - 1-0 Inter
Second leg at Schalke - 1-1
Inter goes through 2-1 on aggregate
Further explanation on the Spurs/Madrid prediction: If we can find a goal at the Bernabeu all bets are off. I don't see Madrid hitting us for more than one at the Lane. So if we can be level on away goals, it all comes down to home form. Admittedly, Madrid's home form is probably the best in the world, but if we can keep it to 2-1 or 3-1 at the Bernabeu, we have a shot on the return leg.
18-03-2011, 08:47 PM #2
Too soon to make predictions because we don't know who would be fit or not until closer to the date.
18-03-2011, 10:42 PM #3
Real Madrid 3 - 2 Spurs
Spurs 2-1 Real Madrid
Spurs through on away goals.
Barcelona 2 - 0 Shaktar
Shaktar 2 - 0 Barcelona AET
Shaktar through on penalties.
Chelsea 2 - 1 United
United 1 - 0 Chelsea
United through on away goals.
Inter 4 - Schalke 0
Schalke 2 - Inter 1
Inter through 5-2 on aggregate.
I expect three very tight QF's. Barcelona is the best side on the planet but have a horrible draw here. Shaktar are a wonderful side at home and have proved their mettle away. I believe that they can get a result, purely on the basis that Barcelona, as great as it is, has the habit of butchering opportunities. If Shaktar can keep it tight at Camp Nou then they can certainly get a result in the return leg. They are immense at home, a real team to avoid. I expect plenty of goals in our tie aginst Real but I genuinely believe that Spurs can break them down and just edge them in the washup. The return game at home is a real bonus. Chelsea and Manchester United is harder to pick than a broken nose and could go either way. I just fancy United to scrape through as they are proven winners and know how to eek out a result. In the other tie I expect Samuel Eto'o to make a mess of the Germans. He should, and will shore up the golden boot here.