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Champions League picks, predictions, schedule: experts like Barcelona over PSG and Atletico Madrid to advance

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Champions League picks, predictions, schedule: experts like Barcelona over PSG and Atletico Madrid to advance

The UEFA Champions League quarter-finals resume on Tuesday and if they are anything like last week’s first leg, a series of entertaining matches are in store.

Only two teams – Barcelona and Atletico Madrid – go into the second leg with a lead, but it is a small lead for each of them. Barcelona host Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday after winning the first leg 3-2, setting up a high-stakes encounter at Camp Nou that could serve as Kylian Mbappe’s final Champions League appearance for the French champions. Atleti, meanwhile, travel to Borussia Dortmund with a 2-1 lead after taking advantage of the German side’s shaky defense early in the first leg.

Two deadlocked ties come to an end on Wednesday, with two European giants advancing to the semi-finals – and two sent home. Manchester City’s match against Real Madrid headlines the day’s action after a thrilling 3-3 draw last week, while Arsenal travel to Bayern Munich after a 2-2 draw in the first leg.

Before the action starts, here’s a primer on each match and expert predictions on who will make it to the last four of the Champions League.

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Tuesday’s Champions League editorial picks

Barcelona vs PSG

By Jonthan Johnson

One matchup to watch: Pau Cubarsi vs. Goncalo Ramos — The Barca man thrived in the opening game and contributed significantly to a deserved away win. We barely saw the PSG man though as he was sent off late in the match with no real chance to influence things going forward. Expect to see more of Ramos in Catalonia – probably from the start – so Cubarsi will have his hands full for the night with the predatory Portuguese striker on the prowl.

Most likely to score a goal: Robert Lewandowski — He may not be the force he once was, but the Poland international was denied on the line by Nuno Mendes in the opening game. Expect Lewandowski to deliver results when his team needs it most and potentially seal their passage to the semi-finals. Given PSG’s shaky defence, regardless of who starts, he should get a few chances to make a difference against Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Man of the Match choice: Kylian Mbappé — It will be difficult for the French superstar to be as ineffective as he was in the first leg, so expect a determined Mbappe to emerge and possibly give PSG the lead at some point. He has stunned Catalonia before and we shouldn’t completely rule him out for a repeat of that, but based on last week’s match that seems less likely. Instead, in what could be his final PSG appearance in the Champions League, expect him to score again and give Luis Enrique’s men the chance to at least go to extra time .

Match prediction: Barca 1-1 PSG — This could last longer than 90 minutes, but it’s hard to imagine Les Parisiens keeping a clean sheet now. Instead, this could go to extra time, but the Catalan giants could well rule out PSG by the end of the encounter.

Borussia Dortmund vs Atletico Madrid

By Pardeep Cattry

One match to watch: Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck vs. Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata – Dortmund have dug themselves into a hole after a shaky first-half defensive performance ended with them trailing 2-0, although Sébastien Haller’s goal means they have a chance on Tuesday. Ensuring they are much more solid at the back will be a priority for Dortmund in the second leg, especially given the firepower that Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata bring. The pair have scored more than 40 goals between them this season and will be counted on to make this tie a success for Atleti.

Most Likely Goal: Antoine Griezmann – He has scored 21 goals in all competitions, including three in the team’s last five games, and comes into the second leg of this tie having scored a brace at the weekend. He has been at the forefront of Atleti’s efforts all season, so another big show is scheduled for Tuesday.

Man of the Match choice: Antoine Greizmann – Just about all of Atleti’s good days this season have come thanks to big performances from Griezmann, so expect the World Cup winner to take center stage in a match that sees Atleti return to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in seven games. year.

Match prediction: Dortmund 1, Atleti 2 – Both teams have enough talent up top to score goals, but Atleti are the favorites in this tie for a reason and given the form a handful of their players are in, it’s difficult not to select them to progress.

Wednesday’s Champions League picks

Bayern Munich vs Arsenal

By James Benge

One matchup to watch: Bukayo Saka vs. Noussair Mazraoui – Bayern had all kinds of problems suppressing Arsenal’s right flank early in the first leg and that was with Alphonso Davies, not necessarily the most natural defender, but at least someone blessed with recovery pace. However, the Canadian is suspended for the second leg and it looks like Mazraoui will get the nod over Raphael Guerreiro as he started this weekend. Whoever takes the left-back position will face a difficult evening against Saka, who has progressed to the Champions League with grace and style.

Most Likely Goal: Harry Kane – It’s Kane against Arsenal. Whatever else happens in this game, you can almost guarantee he’ll score.

Man of the Match choice: William Saliba – The one facet that largely applies to Arsenal’s season so far is that they have responded impressively to adversity, both during the game (overcoming their half-time deficit in the first leg) and the next time around, such as when they Newcastle crushed after loss to Porto. . Saliba will undoubtedly be willing to make amends after some difficult moments in the first leg.

Match prediction: Bayern Munich 1, Arsenal 2 – This will undoubtedly be hectic, explosive and fought to the death. Arsenal may just have the bench depth to beat a Bayern side that will be without Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman.

Man City vs Real Madrid

By James Benge

One match to watch: Kyle Walker vs. Vinicius Junior – Within just a few seconds at the Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid looked to get Vinicius bursting down the flanks and for much of the next 90 minutes they had considerable success doing so. But City did not have Walker, one of the best one-on-one defenders in the sport, in the squad that day. If he can make Vinicius’ night just a little bit more difficult, he will have gone a long way to suppressing Madrid.

Most likely to score a goal: Erling Haaland – For all the debate – some of it justified – about the limitations Haaland’s presence in the 11 places has on Pep Guardiola’s side, he has tended to make up for it with the sheer volume of goals. It may be true that Haaland has never scored against Madrid, but this time they don’t have Thibaut Courtois in the spectacular form he showed in the semi-finals last season.

Man of the Match: Bernardo Silva – While Silva is always excellent, he has the great quality to take his game to an even higher level on the biggest occasions. Expect him to give City control so they can avoid Madrid.

Match prediction: Manchester City 2, Real Madrid 0 – Strange things often happen when these two meet, but for the most part City have proven themselves to be a superior side to Madrid, one vulnerable to the inherent randomness of knockout football. Barring another helping of this, expect City’s quality to become apparent.