The first round of quarterfinal matches in the Champions League did not disappoint in terms of suspense or shocks.
Although Real Madrid, Schalke 04, and FC Barcelona all appear to have commanding leads heading into their second-leg matches on Tuesday and Wednesday, advancing to the semifinals may not be as assured as it appears at first glance.
Tough bets are difficult to make in situations like these, but we’ll be looking at 10 of them in this piece as we preview the forthcoming Champions League action, beginning with Manchester United’s match against Chelsea.
- 1 The Premier League Champions Chelsea’s First Goal Will Be Scored by Fernando Torres
- 2 Against Shakhtar Donetsk, Lionel Messi Will Suffer an Injury.
- 3 There will be Three Goals Scored by Wayne Rooney in the Match Against Chelsea.
- 4 The Man U vs. Chelsea Game Will Definitely Go to Overtime.
- 5 It is Gareth Bale who will lead Spurs to Victory Over Real Madrid.
- 6 Against Real Madrid, Sandro will be Sent off.
- 7 In their Match Against Shakhtar, Barcelona will not be Sitting Out Any Starters.
- 8 A Reaction From Inter Milan Against Schalke
- 9 Against Chelsea, Sir Alex Ferguson Will Lose His Cool.
- 10 A Goal Scored by Cristiano Ronaldo Will Be Disallowed.
The Premier League Champions Chelsea’s First Goal Will Be Scored by Fernando Torres
Torres is still trying to prove himself as a starting striker for Chelsea. The Spanish forward arrived late in the January transfer window but has yet to score for the Blues.
Due to his astronomical contract, the Londoners’ fans would like to see him contribute even more to the squad.
Torres was a nonfactor in Chelsea’s opening match against Manchester United, but he should be able to make up for his poor performance on Tuesday night at Old Trafford when Chelsea takes on the Red Devils. Torres’ weekend game finished without a score.
One might confidently answer “yes” if asked if Torres would score against the Premier League leaders.
Against Shakhtar Donetsk, Lionel Messi Will Suffer an Injury.
Injuries at pivotal times in the season are par for the course for Messi. Given this information, Barca’s coach Pep Guardiola would be wise to bench him for Tuesday’s away match against Shakhtar Donetsk in preparation for this weekend’s Clasico versus Real Madrid.
Should the Ukrainians prove to be too resilient, determined, and effective, though, the manager will likely substitute in his No. 10 talisman to bring solidity to his team.
Should this occur, it would be devastating for the Spanish powerhouses to lose their Argentinean star player to a disheartening injury. It’s up to the Catalans to think again and make the appropriate judgments during their play because this scenario is not that far from reality.
There will be Three Goals Scored by Wayne Rooney in the Match Against Chelsea.
With Chelsea’s run in the Champions League winding down, an epic performance from English striker Wayne Rooney might spell disaster for the Blues.
It wouldn’t be shocking if the Manchester United forward ended his first-leg work in historic fashion by completing the “impossible”: scoring a hat trick on Tuesday night.
As the Red Devils will be playing at home and considering Chelsea’s many flaws this season, anything may happen at the Theatre of Dreams. If it’s worth specifying, it’ll probably be something that works in the favour of the hosts.
The Man U vs. Chelsea Game Will Definitely Go to Overtime.
If Rooney and his forward teammates are unable to steal the show at Old Trafford, Chelsea has a good chance of winning by a single goal.
The Blues only need a 1-0 win to force extra time, where luck could play a big role in determining the winner.
It is Gareth Bale who will lead Spurs to Victory Over Real Madrid.
On October 20th, 2010, after being down 4-0 early on, Gareth Bale scored a late hat trick to salvage a Champions League group stage match for Tottenham against Inter Milan at the San Siro.
Spurs lost to Real Madrid by a score of 4-0 at the Bernabeu Stadium last week, but it is reasonable to expect that Bale will go off at White Hart Lane, with the support of his teammates, and lead Spurs to a miraculous comeback.
Against Real Madrid, Sandro will be Sent off.
Sandro, a midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur, is a strong candidate to take the most of Real Madrid’s punishment on Wednesday if Spurs have another dismal day.
The Brazilian international is an aggressive player who will not hesitate to challenge an opponent who has the ball. He has a knack for getting out of sticky situations, but his next ordeal might not leave him with fond memories.
In their Match Against Shakhtar, Barcelona will not be Sitting Out Any Starters.
FC Barcelona is set to rest its starters against Shakhtar Donetsk in preparation for this weekend’s El Clasico with Real Madrid. Fearing that his playmakers will be startled by the Ukrainians, Pep Guardiola may go for a risky choice.
Before Saturday’s home game against Almeria, the manager informed the club’s official website, “Everyone expected Schalke 04 to go to the last eight of the UEFA Champions League, but look what happened to them against Inter (5-2 triumph for the Germans).
Sporting (Gijon) shocked the world and came away with a 1-0 victory against Real Madrid, a team that was heavily favoured. It is better to be cautious than to fall short.”
A Reaction From Inter Milan Against Schalke
Because of their shocking first-leg loss at home to Schalke (5-2), the Italian champions are now considered heavy underdogs for the second-leg match in Germany. The Royal Blues’ away advantage gives the home fans cause to believe their team will advance to the next round of the Champions League on Wednesday night.
They’ll need to be very careful, though, because Leonardo’s team might not be willing to give up as many goals this time around.
The Italian giants will almost definitely try to put up a show of champions in order to get the needed win on aggregate.
Against Chelsea, Sir Alex Ferguson Will Lose His Cool.
Manchester United and Chelsea games don’t always finish peacefully, and I think we can all agree that when the refs don’t favour United, manager Ferguson gets very angry.
Unsurprisingly, the match on Tuesday night at Old Trafford will not include a bare pocket for the referee.
A Goal Scored by Cristiano Ronaldo Will Be Disallowed.
In a 0-0 encounter against Tottenham in December 2008, winger Cristiano Ronaldo was controversially called for handball. The referee’s call to disallow the Portuguese goal was questioned, but the final decision ultimately rested with the official.
Ronaldo faces Spurs again on Wednesday night, and after scoring in the first leg, his on-field temperament could be challenged this time with a disallowed goal (more or less authentic from the referee’s perspective).