Friday, December 19, 2008

OTWT: Champions League Predictions

After a slow start to the Champions League, UEFA has some cracking Round of 16 games. Today's draw showed what kind of event the Champions League can be.

Here are some predictions for the Round of 16
  • Chelsea v Juventus: Chelsea on away goals.
  • Villarreal v Panathinaikos: Villarreal, who would have thought that the Yellow Submarine would have an easier game then group winners United.
  • Sporting Lisbon v Bayern Munich: Munich.
  • Atletico Madrid v FC Porto: Atletico Madrid
  • Lyon v Barcelona: Barcelona, the class of Europe right now.
  • Real Madrid v Liverpool: This has two 0-0 legs and pens written all over it, but I guess Liverpool advances, cause they never drop ties that go to penalties, just ask Chelski and AC Milan.
  • Arsenal v Roma: Roma, I think this season gets away from Arsenal really quick.
  • Inter Milan v Manchester United: Out of all of the second place group teams this was the one that no United fan wanted to see. As a United fan, I want to pick United, but something tells me that Inter and the Special One might pull this one out. I could see a situation where Jose is running down the touch line at Old Trafford just like he did when his Porto beat United in the Champions League a couple of years ago.
Just by the look of the round of 16 draw, this could be a year where a smaller team like a Porto or Sporting could make a run deep. But lets hope that the knock out stage is more interesting then the group stages.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I dont agree with the VIllareal-Panathinaikos matches. Panathinaikos has shown a very strong team in their group by changing the balance. They had 2 losses and 1 draw in the end of the first round and they managed to turn the tides by beating Werder 0-3, Internazionale 0-1, and the very promising Anorthosis by 1-0. Villareal is not in the best shape, and this is seen from loss by Celtic and the draws with Celtic and Aalborg. In their domestic championship they lose more frequently and by easier teams even at home. So I predict that Panathinaikos will overcome the barrier of Villareal.