Manchester City to win -2 goals
Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund 4-1
Manchester City welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Etihad ahead of a match, which on paper, has the potential to be a classic.
Although a few years have passed, Pep Guardiola is no stranger to the Germans after going head-to-head with them on multiple occasions whilst manager of rivals Bayern Munich.
This time round, Guardiola’s City side are on the cusp of greatness as they remain on course in all competitions. It’s 26 wins in their last 27 for the Citizens, and with the visitors arriving here in poor form, they’ll be confident of notching a 1st leg victory.
Dortmund lost at the weekend, making it one win in five matches. So, it makes it hard to argue against anything other than a home win.
With that in mind, if City are at their very best, I can see them putting the tie to bed on the night.
Real Madrid v Liverpool 1-1
Well, it’s fair to say the these two have history. Both are special to me, so it’s always nice to see them go head-to-head. On this occasion, the pair are in the middle of indifferent seasons. However, Real Madrid have seemingly turned the corner after going 11 matches undefeated, winning 9.
A quick look at Liverpool’s away form tells you a different story to their league position as well. The Reds look much more comfortable on their travels, having won seven of their last eight. Interestingly, they are also undefeated on the road in the Champions League this season.
So, with the pair returning to better form, I think this will be tight. I do fancy Liverpool to score and given their solidness away from Anfield in this competition, I reckon they can take a draw home.
Bayern to win & btts
Bayern Munich v Paris Saint Germain 3-1
There will be no Robert Lewandowski for Bayern Munich ahead of the visit of PSG. It goes without saying that’s a big blow, however, Bayern are the form side heading into the match.
Losing 1-0 at home to Lille at the weekend, the pressure looks to be mounting already on Mauricio Pochettino.
It couldn’t be more different for the hosts. They sit well clear at the top of the Bundesliga, and although I can see PSG scoring on the night, I think the competition holders will have too much, even without Lewandowski.
Chelsea to win to nil
FC Porto v Chelsea 0-1
Thomas Tuchel suffered his first defeat as Chelsea boss against West Brom at the weekend. To lose in that manner was so unlike Chelsea, as they have been rock solid at the back since Tuchel’s arrival.
Porto have been one of the revelations of this season’s Champions League. They took the scalp of Juventus in the last round, and if the Blues aren’t careful, they could easily take advantage of any sloppiness.
That said, I’ve seen enough of Chelsea to think they have enough to win here. If they turn up and play the way they did against Atletico Madrid in the last round, that should be enough to get a result on the night.