Champions League Preview for the Quarter-Finals

Benfica v Liverpool, Tuesday 8pm (GMT)

In the Primeira Liga match between Benfica and Vitória Guimarães, the Portuguese side were defeated by their rivals with a score of 0-4.

They lost 3-2 to Braga on Friday night, and are now 12 points behind the league leaders. The team with the lead also has games in hand.

Benfica’s defeat on Saturday was away, but their home form has not been great either. They have won only three of their last seven matches at Estádio Da Luz.

However, they beat Ajax in the last 16 of the Champions League this season, beating them 3-2 on aggregate.

Curtis Jones was forced off with an ankle injury at the weekend and Joel Matip suffered a nasty head knock, but both players are fit and Jürgen Klopp has a fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of the game against Bournemouth.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is starting instead of Joe Gomez at right back.

On the attack, the Liverpool duo of Luis Díaz and Sadio Mané could replace the Jota-Firmino axis.

Manchester City v Atlético Madrid, Tuesday, 8pm

After their derby win over Burnley last weekend, Liverpool needed a solid performance to keep up the pressure on title rivals Manchester City with a 2-0 win over Watford.

They’ve been playing well lately.

They have won the last 16 of their last 17 matches and have won the last eight matches on the road.

City won their last five games against Sporting by an aggregate score of 9-3.

Pep Guardiola’s decision to leave out Kyle Walker for the second leg of that tie with Liverpool was made on purpose and it may make it easier to solve for. João Cancelo starts at right-back, not Kyle Walker.

Although Rúben Dias is not yet fit again, the Brazilian center back is expected to return this season.

Atlético Madrid have a number of key players missing due to injury or suspension including the influential Belgian midfielder Yannick Carrasco.

In addition, Atlético will be without Jose Gimeno after he suffered a knock in their match against Alaves.

Atletico Madrid are 12 points behind Real Madrid, and will not be retaining their title.

The team arrive at the Etihad in great shape. They have won seven of the eight games they have played this season, including a victory at Manchester United in the last game of the season. It is ideal to have four straight away wins before facing City. This will be the fourth time that they have faced each other.

Villarreal v Bayern Munich, Wednesday 8pm

This tie was the worst thing that could have happened to them. After losing to Levante who were bottom of La Liga when the game kicked off, they were already two points behind Real Madrid and would now face a difficult trip to the Bernabéu.

They’ve lost three of their last five games in all competitions and are now in seventh place, but they managed to beat Juventus 3-0 in the second leg of their semi-final play-off, and now have a chance of making it into the

It’s been a strange season for Unai Emery’s side.

Liverpool is making its move for the top spot in the Premiership and has already won four of their six matches.

They will need to be at their very best. Alfonso Pedraza is expected to play at left-back because of the absence of Alberto Moreno. Emery will get a boost from the return of Gerard Moreno.

Bayern beat RB Salzburg 8-2 in the first leg, but it was a tight contest until they got their second goal.

The best two Bundesliga teams have scored 10 goals in their last two games – the best performance in their history.

They’ve got six games left to play. It’s either when or if they will be crowned champions.

After a decade ago’s meeting in the UEFA Champions League, they have done it again this season, and will be confident of repeating that feat.

Bayern will be without Eric Choupo-Moting and Corentin Tolisso after both players tested positive for coronavirus. However, Alphonso Davies is in training and is likely to be fit to play.

Chelsea v Real Madrid, Wednesday 8pm

Chelsea is expected to bounce back quickly from their shock 4-1 home defeat to Brentford on Saturday.

That loss ended a run of six straight wins and was just their second home defeat of the season.

Only one player has been named in the Blues squad, Ben Chilwell, after he suffered an injury against Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.

Christian Pulisic will be available, having returned late from international duty and missed the defeat to Brentford on Saturday. It’s yet to be seen if Callum Hudson-Odoi will be available or not after he had to come off against Brentford due to injury.

Before the international break, Real Madrid were thumped 4-0 by Barcelona at the Bernabéu in the clásico and their lead was cut from 12 points to just one point with a game to go.

With the title virtually in the bag, Carlo Ancelotti can now focus completely on beating Real Madrid’s long-time rivals, Atletico Madrid, in the Champions League and winning another European crown. He already has three of these trophies, all of them as a player.

Ancelotti has an array of options for this weekend’s Premier League games. He’s still without the suspended Kante and Fosu-Mensah, but he could have Casemiro, Ferland Mendy and Kovacic all available.

Eden Hazard is recovering from ankle surgery so he’ll miss this weekend’s Champions League match against his former club.

Predictions of the Four Matches

Liverpool is predicted to go win, Manchester City to go through, Bayern Munich is predicted to win and Chelsea to win as well.

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