⛅️ Champions League forecast: Final rematch and Real Madrid-Liverpool

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Padraig Whelan

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The Champions League is back!

We’re now down to eight and have some mouthwatering quarter-final fixtures to look forward to this week.

This is what lies in store.


Game of the Week 🤩

Bayern Munich v PSG

We couldn’t pick anything else could we?

Last summer, this was the final of the competition and we’re getting an exciting repeat earlier than expected.

Bayern remain the team to beat on the continent and while PSG have been inconsistent so far under Mauricio Pochettino, have the star power to dethrone the champions.

Recent history is also on their side too as of the 10 meetings between the clubs, they’ve came out on top on five occasions to Bayern’s four.

In fact, Bayern are the side who PSG have beaten the most in this competition.

They are also missing top scorer Robert Lewandowski but in their massive top-of-the table clash against RB Leipzig last weekend, they coped just fine without him.

This one is poised perfectly.

📊 Fun fact: PSG have only failed to score once in their last 43 Champions League games – against Bayern in last year’s final.

🔮 Our prediction: Bayern Munich 2-2 PSG

Bayern Munich 2
Paris Saint-Germain 3
Full time

Too close to call 🤔

Real Madrid v Liverpool

Prestigious European ties don’t come much bigger than this one.

Between them, they have been victorious in this competition on 19 occasions.

Both have had their struggles at times this season and disappointed. But both have also been scintillating too when they’ve clicked.

There are some big stars sitting out through injury with Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard, Dani Carvajal, Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez, to name but a few.

But when that distinctive music hits, both these teams seem to find a new level – reserved for the biggest occasions.

It really could go either way.

📊 Fun fact: Liverpool have lost their last three straight Champions League games against Real and have only been beaten four times in a row once by a club, Benfica.

🔮 Our prediction: Real Madrid 1-3 Liverpool

Real Madrid 3
Liverpool 1
Full time

Potential upset 😰

Porto v Chelsea

At this stage of the competition, it becomes increasingly difficult to see where the upset could come from.

Both Porto and Borussia Dortmund are, justifiably so, huge underdogs in their ties against Chelsea and Manchester City respectively.

But while the Citizens do seem to suffer some stage fright in the latter rounds of this competition, they are taking on a BVB side at their lowest ebb in some time.

Even with Erling Haaland and his insatiable appetite in this competition, they are a shadow of themselves, in comparison to City who are flying high atop the league and look unstoppable.

Meanwhile, the Portuguese outfit have already shocked the world with their defeat of Juventus in the last round so do have previous giant-killing experience in their recent past.

In addition, they also face Chelsea at the perfect time after their weekend capitulation against West Brom which boiled over on the training ground on Sunday.

It is still a massive task for Porto but it is a lot more feasible than seeing Dortmund spring a surprise in England.

📊 Fun fact: Since winning the tournament in 2004, Porto have won just won of their six quarter-final games, drawing one and losing four.

🔮 Our prediction: Porto 0-0 Chelsea

FC Porto 0
Chelsea 2
Full time

Star Man 🤩

Diogo Jota

The forward is back after injury and looking like he hasn’t skipped a beat.

Since making his comeback, he has scored six goals and provided one assist in five starts for club and country.

A brace from off the bench at the weekend against Arsenal is evidence of the form that the man with the best goals-per-minute ratio in the Premier League this season is in.

His appearance at the pre-game media duties also seems to be a slight nod that he will be back in the starting line-up.

And against a Real Madrid defence that’s missing Ramos and Carvajal, he could fill his boots.