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Champions League Quarter-Final Predictions

Champions League has reached the quarter-final stage.

There are some monster clashes coming your way this week in Champions League, with Chelsea hosting Real Madrid and Atletico travelling to Manchester City in the pick of the action.


Benfica vs Liverpool

Despite gaining a reputation as European specialists in recent years,

Liverpool have not reached the semi-finals of the Champions League since their crowning glory in 2019.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have found their mojo again this season though, and will fancy their chances against a Benfica side who have looked less than impressive domestically.

However, Nelson Verissimo and his charges have already eliminated Barcelona and Ajax on their European journey this term – this won’t be a routine tie for Liverpool.

Prediction: 1-2


Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid

After eliminating Manchester United in the last 16, Atletico Madrid return to take on Pep Guardiola’s City.

Diego Simeone famously got the better of the Catalan coach in their last meeting in this competition, with Atletico knocking out Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in the semi-finals in 2016.

El Cholo’s boasts an impressive record against English sides too – Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea have all been eliminated at the hands of Los Rojiblancos in recent years.

Nonetheless, City are Premier League leaders and Champions League frontrunners for a reason and you’d back them to take care of business at the Etihad Stadium.

Prediction: 3-1


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Chelsea vs Real Madrid

Chelsea are looking to bounce back from their 4-1 defeat at home to Brentford with a strong performance against Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge – unbelievably an accurate sentence.

Thomas Tuchel stressed that he isn’t panicking in wake of Saturday’s thrashing,

and they’ll be facing a side who have had their own confidence knocked recently too.

A 4-0 home defeat to Barcelona in El Clasico before the international break is still casting a dark cloud over Real Madrid,

who can at least boast Karim Benzema’s return for their trip to west London.

However, Chelsea’s record in big games – particularly in the Champions League – remains impressive and they walked all over Los Blancos in this fixture last season. Expect them to win, here.

Prediction: 2-0


Villarreal vs Bayern Munich

Europa League holders Villarreal have reached this stage of Europe’s premier club competition for just the third time in their history,

but a ruthless Bayern Munich stand between them and their second ever semi-finals appearance.

Last month’s elimination of Juventus has masked a rather poor run of results for the Yellow Submarine, who head into Wednesday’s game having lost three of their last five games.

Bayern, meanwhile, have all but wrapped up the Bundesliga title (shock) and can begin prioritising plans to win their seventh European Cup.

Julian Nagelsmann’s men have the ability to blow any team they face away with their barrage of attacking options, but will find space hard to come by in this tie.

Prediction: 0-2

FA Cup Semi-Final Draw: Man City v Forest/Liverpool, Palace v Chelsea

Manchester City will face Liverpool or Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Crystal Palace, who beat Everton 4-0 and have never won the FA Cup, play last year’s beaten finalists Chelsea in a London derby in the other game.


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Championship side Nottingham Forest and Liverpool play the last quarter-final at 18:00 GMT.

Chelsea won 2-0 at Middlesbrough on Saturday, while Manchester City picked up a 4-1 success at Southampton.

Carabao Cup winners Liverpool are chasing a quadruple this year, while Premier League leaders City are in the hunt for a Treble.

The semi-final ties will both be held at Wembley on the weekend of 16 and 17 April.


Man City Can 'Definitely' Win Treble Ederson Insists.

Manchester City keeper Ederson has insisted that his side can ‘definitely’ complete a Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble this season.

Pep Guardiola’s side are once again competing on multiple fronts and look well-

placed to succeed in the three competitions they remain involved in.

Already Premier League champions in three of the last four seasons,

they currently sit top of the table by six points – although second-placed Liverpool have a game in hand.

City’s progression to the Champions League quarter-finals is all but assured too, courtesy of a 5-0 win against Sporting CP in the first leg of the pair’s last-16 tie.

Meanwhile, they were recently drawn away to Southampton in the last eight of the FA Cup.

Speaking before Sporting’s visit to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night,

Ederson revealed that confidence is high in the City camp when asked it the Cityzens could win a treble of all three major trophies.


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Ederson said:

“We’re fully capable of achieving that objective. Definitely.”

“We know how difficult it is. The season in England is so intense.

It’s very demanding on the entire group. We have the quality to do it.

We’ve shown it previously and showing it at the moment.

“We look to win every competition but have to take things step by step to progress.

There are challenges in every competition, but take it step by step and try to achieve great things in the future.”

Tuchel Warns Romelu Lukaku He Must Do More For Chelsea Teammates

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has warned Romelu Lukaku that he cannot complain about a lack of service from his teammates as he must create opportunities for them as well.

Lukaku is yet to set the world on fire since his £97.5m return to Chelsea.

Having scored just five Premier League goals all season, and he drew an emphatic blank on Saturday as his Blues were bested 1-0 by Manchester City.

During the game, Lukaku spurned a handful of nice chances but generally cut an isolated figure up top, looking frustrated with the lack of service into him.

However, Tuchel warned him that he must get more involved in the game and be more effective when he does get the ball if he wants to see things improve.


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Thomas Tuchel:

“Lukaku sometimes needs to do the service, he is included in this, he had many ball losses in very promising circumstances, he had a huge chance.”

“Of course we want to serve him, but he is part of the team, and the performance up front, we can do much better.”

“We had eight or nine transition chances but we didn’t get a touch in the box.

I was unhappy about this. We can miss chances and I am not unhappy about that.

The decision making and timing was not what we need at this level of football.”

Tuchel, who believed Chelsea deserved a draw from the game, confessed that his players simply did not match up to their City counterparts.

“I think we lost on individual performance and on one situation today.”

“In terms of attitude, commitment, defensive-wise, I am happy.

“We did not allow too many big chances, kept them to a minimum and we were aware and active with our defending.”

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Rodri scored a stoppage-time winner as Manchester City beat 10-man Arsenal to move 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League with an 11th successive victory.

That advantage will be cut to some extent on Sunday when second-placed Chelsea host third-placed Liverpool.

Although no team has failed to win the Premier League title when beginning the new year with a lead as big as City’s.

Arsenal looked to have held out for a draw but Rodri steered in a loose ball in the 93rd-minute to help City maintain their dominant form.


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The hosts were the better side early on and Bukayo Saka swept in a deserved opener to finish off a slick move at Emirates Stadium, before the Gunners self-destructed after the break.

Riyad Mahrez levelled from the penalty spot after Bernardo Silva was brought down by Granit Xhaka, with referee Stuart Attwell overturning his initial decision after viewing the pitch-side monitor.

One minute later Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes was sent off for two yellow cards in quick succession.

The first for trying to scuff up the spot and the second for a foul on Gabriel Jesus.

Arsenal, whose manager Mikel Arteta was forced to watch from home following a positive Covid test, remain fourth in the table.





Arsenal V Man City: Team News And Match Facts

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal host champions City with both sides hoping to continue their good form.

Arteta will miss the match after returning a positive Covid test on Wednesday but his men will be hoping to claim a fifth straight top-flight win.

The north Londoners smashed Norwich 5-0 on Boxing Day but saw their game with Wolves called off on Tuesday.

City, meanwhile, followed up their big win over Leicester on the 26th by seeing off Brentford on Wednesday.

Another win for Pep Guardiola’s men will see them extend their lead at the top to eleven points.

This Premier League clash will take place on Saturday, January 1.

It will be held at the Emirates and will kick off at 12:30pm.


Arsenal v Man City: Team news

As well as being without boss Arteta, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cedric Soares, Calum Chambers and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are also out due to Covid.

Sead Kolasinac remains Arsenal’s only injury absentee due to his ongoing ankle issue.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is again unlikely to feature.

Man City have no players ruled out.

John Stones, Kyle Walker and Rodri will require late fitness tests following recent issues.


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Arsenal v Man City: Match facts

  • Arsenal have lost their last nine Premier League games against Manchester City since a 2-2 draw in April 2017 – it’s their longest ever losing run against an opponent in their league history.


  • Man City have won each of their last four away league games against Arsenal, by an aggregate score of 9-0. It’s as many victories as the Citizens had picked up in their previous 50 league visits to Highbury/Emirates Stadium combined (W4 D14 L32).


  • Arsenal have failed to score in their last five Premier League games against Man City – only against Chelsea (6 between 2013 and 2016) and Liverpool (6 between 1997 and 2000) have the Gunners failed to score in more consecutive league games against an opponent.


  • Manchester City have opened the scoring in the first 15 minutes in all five of their Premier League away games against Arsenal under manager Pep Guardiola, netting in the first two minutes in each of the last two seasons.


  • Arsenal have only lost one of their last 10 Premier League games on New Year’s Day (W8 D1), going down 2-0 at Southampton in 2015. At home, the Gunners are unbeaten in 11 New Year’s Day games (W9 D2) since a 2-1 loss against Tottenham in 1985.


  • Manchester City have won seven of their last eight Premier League games on New Year’s Day, with the exception being a 1-0 loss at Sunderland in their title-winning season of 2011-12.


  • Arsenal have won each of their last five Premier League home games, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last four. They last won five in a row without conceding at home in the competition between January-April 1999.


  • There have been 16 occasions of a team winning 10+ consecutive Premier League games, with Manchester City responsible for more of those than any other side (5). On each of the previous four occasions the Citizens have won 10 in a row in the competition, they’ve gone on to win their next game.


  • Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has scored in each of his last four Premier League appearances, and a goal here would make him the third youngest (21y 157d) player to score in five in a row in the competition for any side, after Nicolas Anelka in 1998 (19y 239d) and Jose Antonio Reyes in 2004 (21y 10d).


  • Man City’s Raheem Sterling has scored in each of his last three Premier League away games against Arsenal. The only player to score in four consecutive Premier League away appearances against Arsenal is Nicolas Anelka, who did so between 2002 and 2009 (twice at Highbury with Man City, and at the Emirates with Bolton and Chelsea).

Arsenal Boss: Mikel Arteta Sets to Miss Man City Clash Due To Covid-19

The Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will miss the Premier League match against Manchester City on 1 January after testing positive for Covid-19 for a second time.

Assistants Albert Stuivenberg and Steve Round will take charge at Emirates Stadium.

Defenders Calum Chambers, Cedric Soares, Takehiro Tomiyasu and midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles missed the 5-0 win over Norwich on 26 December after testing positive.


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Arteta tested positive in March 2020.

Mikel is isolating in line with Government guidelines and we wish him well,” read an Arsenal statement.

Arsenal, who have won their past four league games, are fourth in the table, 12 points behind leaders City.

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard and Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira missed matches over the Christmas period following positive tests.

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Manchester City held off an unlikely Leicester comeback to clinch a ninth successive Premier League win in thrilling style and move six points clear at the top of the table.

It looked like the defending champions had wrapped up the points by half-time as they led a depleted Foxes side 4-0, with a penalty apiece by Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling on top of strikes by Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan.


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Leicester had other ideas, however, with three goals in the space of 10 second-half minutes from James Maddison, Ademola Lookman and Kelechi Iheanacho giving them hope.

A header by Aymeric Laporte restored order and gave the home side much-needed breathing space, before Sterling’s second made sure of the points late on, but what had started out as a walk in the park will be remembered as a much sterner test for the league leaders.





Champions League Full Draw: PSG v Man Utd, Chelsea v Lille

Manchester United have been drawn to face Ligue 1 leaders Paris St-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League.

A mouthwatering tie pits two of the greatest players of all time in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Holders Chelsea have been drawn to face French champions Lille, while six-time winners Liverpool come up against Red Bull Salzburg.

Premier League champions Manchester City take on last season’s Europa League winners Villarreal.

Pep Guardiola’s side have never won the competition and were beaten in last season’s final by Chelsea.

The draw suffered an administrative error when United had initially been drawn against Villarreal – they were ineligible to face each other as they were in the same group.

The first legs will be spread out on 15, 16, 22 and 23 February, with the second legs on 8, 9, 15 and 16 March.

Chelsea are the only English side to play their first leg at home, with the other three all away after winning their groups.

A major change from this season sees the away goals rule removed, so ties level after 180 minutes will go to extra time.

If the teams still cannot be separated after the additional 30 minutes, then it goes to a penalty shootout.

This season’s final takes place in St Petersburg, Russia, on 28 May.


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Champions League last-16 draw:

  • Benfica v Real Madrid


  • Villarreal v Manchester City


  • Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich


  • Red Bull Salzburg v Liverpool


  • Inter Milan v Ajax


  • Sporting Lisbon v Juventus


  • Chelsea v Lille


  • PSG v Manchester United


CL Last 16 Draw: Which Teams Are In Which Pots &All You Need To Know

The Champions League’s group stage has almost come to and end. Fifteen of the 16 sides in the knockout rounds are known, with just Atalanta and Villarreal’s postponed fixture remaining to decide the last team to make it through the group stage.

Now fans of Europe’s top sides and elite-level football in general are thinking about one thing – the draw for the Champions League’s Round of 16.


Which teams have qualified for the Champions League last 16?

The teams to have qualified for the Champions League last 16 are Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Lille, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Sporting CP, Inter, Benfica, RB Salzburg, and Chelsea. One of Villarreal or Atalanta will also progress after their game on Thursday.


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What is the format for the Champions League last 16 draw?

The teams are divided into two pots – group winners and runners up – with those from pot one to face those from pot two.

Teams are unable to face sides from their same country in the last 16.

Nor can they play against teams whom they shared a group with.

Real Madrid cannot face Atletico nor Inter, while Atletico can’t meet Liverpool.

Pot one: Ajax, Bayern, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, Real Madrid, Juventus, Lille.

Pot two: PSG, Sporting, Atletico, Inter, Chelsea, Villarreal/Atalanta, Benfica, Salzburg.


When is the draw for the Champions League last 16?

The draw for the Champions League last 16 takes place on Monday, December 13.

The draw will be held in Nyon, Switzerland, and it will begin at 12:00 midday CET.

Wchich means it will start at 11:00 GMT, which is 06:00 ET, and 03:00 PT in the United States.


When is the Champions League last 16?

The first leg of the Champions League last 16 will be played on February 15, 16, 22, and 23. The second legs will be held on March 8, 9, 15, and 16.


Will away goals count in the Champions League last 16?

Away goals will no longer be used as a tiebreaker in the Champions League this season.

In the event of an aggregate draw after 180 minutes, games will go to extra time and penalties.