2017-18 Champions League QFs: First Legs – Wednesday

With Real Madrid and Bayern Munich losing in on a semi final spot, attention now turns to the Battle of Britain as England’s two remaining hopefuls meet.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool welcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to Anfield for the first leg as both clubs aim to make the last four.

Barcelona vs AS Roma completes tonight’s Champions League pair of fixtures.


Liverpool vs Manchester City

Liverpool come here knowing that they have already beaten Manchester City at home this season, winning their Premier League clash 4-3 to end City’s 22 match unbeaten run.

Both sides won at weekend with City winning on Merseyside at Everton, but are missing some key players for this clash.

Liverpool are missing defenders, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan, whilst Man City remain without Sergio Aguero.

This is the first European clash between these teams and will pit of our finest players against each other as Mohamed Salah meets Kevin de Bruyne.

  Mohamed Salah Kevin de Bruyne
Goals 37 11
Assists 10 20
% Shot on Target 62 58

Salah is firing on all cylinders when it comes to goals but De Bruyne is the more dangerous with 20 assists to the Egyptian’s ten. 

Throw in their similar shot on target average and this should be very tight with the match probably being settled by a moment of magic.

Goal wise, Liverpool have scored 34 goals since joining in the play off round. The Citizens meanwhile have 19 goals so expect a goal fest here.

Liverpool last lost at home in May 2003 to City and January’s 4-3 win will give them a physiological edge, but Citizens’ fan, Paul Wheatcroft is optimistic that his club can prove doubters wrong here.

Offering his view ahead of the match, Paul said: “We always get beaten at Anfield. But as long as they don’t get an early goal I actually fancy us this time.

We SHOULD have learned from that game and I think we have a quiet determination to prove the doubters wrong.”

If they have indeed learned from January’s performance, we should have a tight match and hopefully a nice draw to set up a edgy second leg.

Prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City

Result: Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City


Barcelona vs AS Roma

Barcelona start this match as strong favourites, having not lost at home in 23 matches and scoring 65 goals since a 3-1 Spanish Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid in mid August.

Roma meanwhile are unbeaten in six of last eight in all competitions, netting 14 times in that run.

Unlike Roma, Barca rested several first team regulars at Sevilla on Saturday so I can see that giving them the edge here.

Head to head wise, there have been only four meetings between these teams with just one coming at knockout stage, back when the first knockout round was formally a second group stage back then. 

The first leg at Nou Camp finished 1-1 before Roma won their home leg 3-0 but crashed out of their group. 

If this leg finishes as a draw, I can see another Roma win but I fancy Barcelona to build a comfortable lead ahead of next week.

Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 AS Roma 

Result: Barcelona 4-1 AS Roma 


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