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Welcome to our live coverage of the UEFA Champions League build-up. With two big games set to take place tonight, our roving reporters are out and about finding all the latest news, views, and information for your perusal.

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This concludes our live build-up. Now for the main event! Click your choice of match below for LIVE text coverage!


It has been an absolute pleasure to bring you all the news, rumours and line-ups this evening and I do look forward to providing the same service on future match nights. Stick with us throughout the evening and beyond as Goal.com's international team brings you the very best in football. From me, Carlo Garganese, I wish you and your team a lucky evening!

20:12 We're almost ready to hand over to our live match coverage teams. To see the confirmed Champions League line-ups for tonight all on the one page, meanwhile, you can click here.

20:08 Goal.com's James Walker-Roberts has commented on the Bayern-Barcelona teams. "Pep Guardiola is not taking Barcelona's match with Bayern Munich lightly, despite the fact his side hold a 4-0 goal, and he has fielded nearly his strongest side. Eric Abidal returns at left back ahead of Sylvinho to add yet more quality to the team and with Andres Iniesta and Seydou Keita both in the eleven too, Barcelona look as though they are going to try and kill this tie off for good.

"Bayern Munich might be massive underdogs for this game but they will be desperate to restore some pride and look to have an attacking line-up at home. Luca Toni, Franck Ribery and Jose Sosa should all cause Barcelona trouble but the worry could yet again be in defence, where Christian Lell, who was given a torrid time in the Camp Nou, starts again."

20:04 Goal.com's Sulmaan Ahmad has given his verdict on Chelsea-Liverpool now that he has seen the official team lineups. Sul says: "It's another surprising selection from Rafa Benitez, who has neglected to include the likes of Ryan Babel, who can get at opposition defences, and has instead gone with the more conservative options of Lucas Leiva, despite his dismal showing in the first leg. Gerrard has been left out, but perhaps should have been put on the bench, for if 'Pool had gotten within sight of a result. Getting support to Fernando Torres looks almost impossible by the looks of this formation.

"Kuyt can nick a goal but not do a lot else and Benayoun, while an underrated player, is unlikely to produce magic when there is onus on him to do so. This team looks solid, but not inspired enough to get the result against Chelsea. They've got the expected line-up out again, full-strength barring the absence of the skipper through suspension. This is a rock-solid unit equipped near perfectly to deal with any threat Liverpool have to offer."

19:57 Well that is all the line-ups in. Time for some expert opinion now.

19:54 CONFIRMED LINE-UP for BARCELONA (4-4-2): Butt; Lell, Lucio, Demichelis, Lahm; Sosa, Van Bommel, Ottl, Ze Roberto; Ribery; Toni.

19:52 CONFIRMED LINE-UP for BARCELONA (4-3-3): Valdes; Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal; Yaya Toure, Keita, Xavi; Iniesta, Eto'o, Messi.

19:50 CONFIRMED LINE-UP for CHELSEA (4-3-3): Cech; Ivanovic, Carvalho, Alex, A Cole; Essien, Ballack, Lampard; Kalou, Malouda, Drogba.

19:48 CONFIRMED LINE-UP for LIVERPOOL (4-5-1): Reina, Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher, Aurelio; Kuyt, Lucas, Mascherano, Alonso, Benayoun; Torres.

19:46 Pictures filtering through of the team buses arriving in Munich and West London. Bayern boss Jurgen Klinsmann is looking very relaxed, and has a smile on his face. The Liverpool team are in pensive mood. Ryan Babel is bopping his head, listening to music on his headphones. Andrea Dossena stumbles as he makes his way towards the changing room. That will win no penalties tonight!

19:42 Some more team news. Sky Italia claim that Lucas Leiva will start in place of Gerrard. This is not the news that Liverpool fans will want to hear.

19:40 Some potentially huge breaking news here. Goal.com sources can reveal that Steven Gerrard, who has been suffering from injury, will probably not start, nor will he even make the bench. If confirmed, this would be a crippling blow to Liverpool's slim hopes of a dramatic comeback.

19:36 Some more odds here on Bayern-Barcelona. The Blaugrana are rated at 100/1 to win 4-0 again, while Bayern are at 80/1 to achieve the same scoreline. Perhaps more likely, Barca are at 3/1 to win without conceding.

19:31 Reader questions have started to come in. Nassif, Barca Fan has asked whether Eric Abidal will play tonight. James Walker-Roberts, our Spain correspondent answers: "A good question about Abidal, who is back in training after a few months out and could well take part in the game. Whether or not he will start is not clear, as Syvlinho could play at left-back, as could Martin Caceres, and in such a big game, Guardiola may not wish to throw Abidal back in at the deep end. At the same time, Barcelona do have a comfortable lead, so the pressure might well be off. Personally, I think that the coach will give Sylvinho the nod again and possibly give Abidal 20 or 30 minutes, or even save him until the game with Getafe this weekend."

19:25 Former Juventus, Italy and Chelsea star Gianluca Vialli has had a few words on his old side's game against Liverpool. The 1996 Champions League-winning captain stated: "Liverpool have nothing to lose, while Chelsea have the tranquillity of a comfortable cushion. Liverpool have to put pressure on Chelsea and play the perfect game. Gerrard and Torres are great players, but the return of Mascherano is crucial. He has great grit, determination, and he is vital for how Gerrard plays. He was a big miss in the first leg." No more Lucas jokes please - we all know how badly he played in the first leg!

19:20 Goal.com's Sulmaan Ahmad has given his expert opinion on tonight's Chelsea-Liverpool clash. He says: "This game will be unpredictable, even if the tie is as good as over, what happens tonight really does depend on how the game begins. It's more likely than not to be less free-scoring than the first leg, with Liverpool exerting the effort and Chelsea soaking up the pressure. It could be decided by the single goal either way or even end all square. The only chance we have of an exciting, end-to-end game is if Liverpool score early on."

19:15 Meanwhile, if you think you can do a better job than Guus Hiddink, Rafa Benitez, Jurgen Klinsmann, or Josep Guardiola, why not pick your own Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Barcelona teams for tonight’s games? Simply click on each link highlighting the team’s names.

19:09 Fancy a bet on tonight's games? Well, lets take a look at bet365's odds. Bayern Munich and Barcelona are both quoted at 13/8 to win the game, with the draw at 5/2. Chelsea are at 7/5, Liverpool 2/1, and the draw at 9/4. Somewhat surprising figures these, as is the fact that Liverpool are only 13/2 to win by three goals or more. The bookies certainly are not ruling them out. Mind you, bet365 have the Reds to win in a shootout at 100/1.

19:01 If Bayern are to go through tonight, they will have to create history. No team has ever overturned a four-goal first-leg deficit in the Champions League.

18:57 Big Liverpool wins at Chelsea have been few and far between, but that's exactly what they need this evening. 3-1 away wins in 1951 and '63, a 3-0 triumph in '74 and, most recently, a 5-2 thrashing in December '89 are rare examples of what the Reds are looking for. The fact that the latest precedent was set nearly 20 years ago won't fill their fans with too much hope, however.

18:50 Barcelona team news: Gerard Pique, Toure Yaya and Jose Manuel Pinto return to the squad after missing out at the weekend, while Rafael Marquez is suspended and Gaby Milito is still injured. The world's best player, Lionel Messi, may be rested. It remains to be seen.

18:43 As for the Barcelona team, can anyone stop this machine? At the weekend eyebrows were raised as they only managed to score twice in the 2-0 victory over Recreativo. This is just how formidable the Blaugrana are - everyone is surprised when they don't rattle in at least four goals.

18:37 Bad news before the game in Munich as Barcelona ultras are reported to have descended on the hotel the team were staying at and attacked a security guard. The club are believed to have told the police, Bayern Munich and UEFA not to allow these Boixos Nois members into the stadium, but they are yet to be tracked down.

18:31 Bayern team news: There were some welcome returns to the team at the weekend as Lucio was back in action, while Christian Lell replaced Massimo Oddo at right-back, Jose Ernesto played instead of Hamit Altintop and Michael Rensing was in goal in place of Hans Jorg Butt. So much will surely depend on Franck Ribery and Luca Toni.

18:25 Now lets take a look at the other game tonight - Bayern Munich against Barcelona. The Germans also require a miracle after being thrashed 4-0 at Camp Nou last week. If Jurgen Klinsmann's men manage to turn this around it will surely be the greatest comeback in the history of European football.

18:20 Chelsea team news: John Terry is suspended but Ricardo Carvalho is fit again and should partner Alex in central defence. Nicolas Anelka and Deco featured as substitutes at the weekend but, aside from replacing Terry, Guus Hiddink may keep faith with the team that began the first leg.

18:14 As for Chelsea, they will be confident of knocking out Liverpool for a second year in succession. Last season they emerged victorious in the semi-finals, 4-3 on aggregate after extra time.

18:10 Liverpool team news: Javier Mascherano returns from suspension and should replace Lucas Leiva whilst Steven Gerrard should also start after being rested from the win against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend. Daniel Agger is vying for a place after impressing and scoring a wonder goal in the weekend win against Rovers.

18:05 First of all, let's have a look at Chelsea-Liverpool. The Reds have a mountain to climb after their 3-1 loss at Anfield last week, but we know all about Liverpool's famous comebacks. They needed three at half time during the final in 2005 against Milan, and they managed it. Write them off at your peril!

18:00 Live coverage begins again for another day! For the uninitiated, we'll be bringing you the latest updates, fan opinions, and special news items from around the grounds from now until kick-off in the two big games.

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