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Goal.com's Atishay Agarwal and Amoy Ghoshal are back to take turns in giving their predictions on the four crucial Champions League encounters coming up in the next two days...

First Leg Predictions

Match
AA's Prediction
AG's Prediction
Actual Result
Villarreal vs Arsenal
1-2
1-1
1-1
Man Utd vs Porto
3-1
1-0
2-2
Liverpool vs Chelsea
1-1
2-1
1-3
Barcelona vs B.Munich
2-1
3-1
4-0


Chelsea vs Liverpool

AA:
Chelsea already have one foot in the semis after a sterling performance at Anfield, which is making the calls for Guus Hiddink to stay in London even louder. Rafa Benitez usually is a master tactician, especially when he knows what result he needs, but this might just get too much for him and his side who are now known for some amazing performances in Europe, especially when they're not the favourites.

I think it will be Liverpool who will open the scoring, but the Blues under Guus Hiddink have been a much more mature and tactically aware side, and I expect them to avoid defeat to move into the semi finals yet again.

Prediction: 1-1 (4-2 on agg.)

AG: Chelsea have a comfortable lead but don’t expect the second leg to be easy as Liverpool will give more than just a fight. The absence of Terry might ask a few more questions of the Chelsea defence but don’t be surprised if the Blues once again score from a set piece. Liverpool are known for their dramatic comebacks but I think the Reds have left themselves too much to do so I see this match ending all square.

Prediction: 1-1 (4-2 on agg.)

Bayern Munich vs FC Barcelona

AA: Barcelona tore apart a sorry-looking Bayern defence at the Nou Camp last week, and even know such comebacks have been peformed in Europe in the past, for Bayern to do the same against what is probably the best side in Europe will be a too steep a task. This will probably be another free-scoring game, as Bayern will have to throw the kitchen sink at the Catalans, and I can see Barcelona cashing in on it too. The Spanish league leaders should win this one, but just.

Prediction: 2-3 (2-7 on agg.)


AG: Judging by their high standards Barca would be disappointed for failing to score in the second half of the first leg and will be looking to make up for that in Germany. Jurgen Klinsman’s side will take heart from their second half performance and will have to make history if they want to progress to the last four.

Bayern have a good record at home but their defence doesn’t look like keeping a clean sheet against this Barcelona side so I expect both teams to score with the match ending in a draw.

Prediction: 2-2 (2-6 on agg.)

Arsenal vs Villarreal

AA: Despite Arsenal's apparent advantage going into the second leg, I expect this to be another closely fought game, as both sides are missing some important players. Almunia, Gallas, Djourou and Clichy are set to miss out for Arsenal, and Villarreal will be without influential midfielder Marcos Senna. It's highly likely that Villarreal will sneak a goal against the Gunners' makeshift backline, but i still expect the London outfit to outscore the Spaniards in what could be a very tense encounter.

Prediction: 2-1 (3-2 on agg.)

AG:
Adebayor’s goal gives Arsenal the advantage after a strong second half showing in the first leg but injuries to key players at the back will give Villarreal chances to score an away goal and I expect the Spaniards to do just that.

However since moving to the Emirates, Arsenal haven’t lost a home game in Europe and I don’t think that run will be ended on Wednesday night. Arsenal will be nearly full strength upfront with the return of Van Persie while Villarreal will miss their skipper Marcos Senna. The English team's better attacking options will be the difference between the two sides so I expect them to just edge it.

Prediction: 2-1 (3-2 on agg.)

FC Porto vs Manchester United

AA:
Now this is a very tricky one to predict. Noone expected Porto to challenge the defending champions, at least at Old Trafford, but they did more than just that. The Portuguese side now know that even a goalless draw will get them through to the semi finals, although I doubt they'll play for a stalemate. On the other hand, a rejuvenated Manchester United are highly capable of pulling off what no other English team has before, a win at Estadio do Dragao. Porto will be difficult to beat at home, and I'll go with them to beat United in what will be the biggest upset in the tournament so far.

Prediction: 2-1 (4-3 on agg.)

AG: Like Bayern, Man United also need to create history or get a high scoring draw and that wont be easy against Porto who are traditionally very strong at home. The Portuguese side were outstanding in the first leg at Old Trafford and will probably feel that they deserved something more than a 2-2 draw. So the first leg was a let off for the European Champions and after conceding eleven in their last five games I expect them to put up a better defensive performance and win the match with the odd goal.

Prediction: 0-1 (2-3 on agg.)

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