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Bbc champions league prediction

Murn / 04.03.2021

Wednesday's Europa League final will be a London derby like no other, played 5, miles from home. But will Arsenal triumph in Baku to clinch a place in next season's Champions League, or will Chelsea sign off with some silverware at the end of a turbulent campaign for Blues boss Maurizio Sarri? BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson has made a prediction for every Premier League game and FA Cup tie this season, and now he is taking on famous fans of both teams to try to anticipate what we will see in Azerbaijan.

I can understand why Chelsea and Arsenal fans are so unhappy about this game being played in Azerbaijan. I don't believe that a venue has to be set in stone, and of course Uefa could have changed it when they knew that two London teams would be involved. I do get the idea of Uefa spreading football around and taking finals to different countries, and I also know Baku will have probably spent many months getting everything sorted.

But if the city does not have an international airport, and people cannot get there, which is the case for Blues and Gunners supporters, then what is the point of them hosting a game like this one? It is bizarre, it really is, but the thing that really demonstrates that this is not just a bad idea but actually a mad one, is the fact that Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has decided not to travel because of security fears. I would not say this game has faded into insignificance, because it is the Europa League final, but because there are two English teams in the Champions League final too, this one has been overshadowed a bit - and all the logistical problems around Baku have belittled it further.

Nobody has been talking about the game itself, which is a shame because I think it could be a really good one.

bbc champions league prediction

I'd like to think that because of the strange circumstances around this final - with neither team or their fans really wanting to be there - we might get a strange game. That's why I think, whatever the scoreline, there will be a few goals. Who will win it? It is hard to say, because both teams are so inconsistent and both also have brilliant individuals who are capable of being match-winners.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard is one of them.

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This is almost certainly his last game for the club, with Real Madrid circling, and that probably just tips the tie in the Blues' favour for me. Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are game-changers too, but Hazard is at a different level.

He will want to sign off on a high and I just feel, one way or another, he will get Chelsea over the line. It is a shame Aaron Ramsey is not fit enough to play for the Gunners one last time before he joins Juventus in the summer, because he could have had a similar effect. The incentive for Arsenal's players is that they need to win to get in the Champions League, whereas Chelsea have already made it. Win or lose, Unai Emery's future is not in doubt - unlike his Chelsea counterpart Sarri - but whether they qualify or not will make a huge difference to what the club can spend on their squad and who they can attract in the summer.

bbc champions league prediction

And, given the background to this game and who can and cannot get volvo fm9 fm12 fh12 fh16 nh12 version2 trucks, wouldn't it be ironic if Chelsea win something at a venue where their owner Roman Abramovich - who has had issues over his UK visa and has not been to see them play competitively for over a year - is able to go and watch. Media playback is not supported on this device.

N'Golo Kante is a doubt too. We know how to beat them - we won in January, when we played well. Rob Holding, who is a good friend of mine, got injured before Christmas and he has been a big, big miss after making a really strong start to the season. I think Aubameyang will score early but Chelsea will equalise Just when everyone thinks it is going to penalties, one Arsenal player is going to make the difference and that one Arsenal player is Lacazette, from a pass from Mesut Ozil.

I can't do another year of the Europa League. It is hard to get excited and there is not the same atmosphere as when you have got a Champions League game. If we don't get in, then we could see some people leave.In the week when Atalanta should be playing in their first Champions League quarter-final, the team's city deals with the pain of coronavirus.

The Champions League and Europa League could be abandoned if coronavirus restrictions remain in place into September, according to Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin.

All Champions League and Europa League matches are suspended "until further notice" because of the coronavirus pandemic. Chelsea may be in top-four contention despite their summer transfer ban but in the Champions League they are "brutally exposed", writes Phil McNulty. BBC sports editor Dan Roan explains how Manchester City's appeal against their two-year European ban could be a watershed moment in sports law.

Gareth Bale's overhead kick? Liverpool fans who have grown accustomed to drama experienced yet another emotionally draining night at Anfield. Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino face an obvious crisis after their thrashing by Bayern Munich, says chief football writer Phil McNulty.

Liverpool start the defence of the Champions League with defeat at Napoli, but ex-Reds defender Mark Lawrenson feels his old side will have learned an important lesson. Of all Celtic's failings in Europe in recent times this could go down as the worst, writes Tom English. As victory for Liverpool signals the start of a glorious new era, Tottenham must seize the chance to build too, writes Phil McNulty.

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Chelsea 'brutally exposed' in Champions League Chelsea may be in top-four contention despite their summer transfer ban but in the Champions League they are "brutally exposed", writes Phil McNulty. Your s Champions League highlights Gareth Bale's overhead kick?We have seen six different champions since the Premier League started 25 years ago, but will someone different win it this time?

Liverpool and Tottenham are among the teams hoping that will be the case or, at the very least, that they can finish in the top four. But will Chelsea defend their title? Are Arsenal contenders We asked 40 BBC TV and radio pundits, presenters, journalists and commentators for their one-two-three-four and an explanation of their selection.

The predictions were made on the basis of how each squad shaped up on Friday, 11 August, before the opening weekend but with three weeks to go before the transfer window shuts on Friday 1 September, and the potential of further signings - or departures.

In terms of who will win it, Manchester City are favourites, with 25 votes. Manchester United get 13 votes, with defending champions Chelsea and last season's runners-up Tottenham getting one apiece. Media playback is not supported on this device. This season, only one person out of 40 thinks they will defend their title - women's football reporter Jo Currie - but only one person thinks they will finish outside the top four - former Blues player and boss Ruud Gullit.

They need to buy a centre-back and a central midfielder, and sort out the Diego Costa situation up front. If they get rid of him and get someone to replace him, and that someone was Alexis Sanchez, then I would be tempted to say Chelsea would win the league, but as things stand, they are miles away from being able to cope with the Premier League and the Champions League this season.

Mark Schwarzer: They have lost a massive player in Matic.

bbc champions league prediction

Bakayoko is a different type of player and it is going to take him time to settle in. I think Costa, if he goes, is arguably an even bigger loss. I don't doubt that Alvaro Morata is a very good player, but he does not have the same presence as Costa up front. Garth Crooks: What has Conte gone and done? Never tell your top goal scorer his services are no longer required until you have signed and delivered his replacement.

Having missed out on Romelu Lukaku, and told Costa in a text that he was no longer needed at the club, the Italian coach lost two players at a stroke in the most monumental managerial gaffe I've seen in years. I've seen managers sacked for less. See the BBC website on Sunday for Garth's first Team of the Week for the new season - and pick your own line-up from the opening weekend of the season.Premier League leaders Liverpool meet defending champions Manchester City on Sunday but who will triumph in their top-of-the-table meeting?

Jurgen Klopp's side will just press the living daylights out of them, and I am not sure City will be able to hold out. Lawro is making predictions for all top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests. Media playback is not supported on this device. I was maybe only about five or something like that, and we had made a massive cardboard cut-out of the trophy.

It was in the Liverpool Echo and on Granada Reports - my mum lost me in the crowd and the police ended up getting me back together with her. He was absolutely brilliant - like a gazelle. A legend. He just glided along and him and Alan Hansen's centre-half combination was fantastic. A correct result picking a win, draw or defeat is worth 10 points.

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The exact score earns 40 points. Stephen's prediction: This is the fixture I looked out for straight away at the start of the season. Hopefully it is a brilliant game. We are at home so I have got to back us to beat City. Will Liverpool win the Premier League? I think it will be extremely close again. We have started off brilliantly, but there is a long way to go. What do you think of Jurgen Klopp? He is absolutely wonderful.

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He is a genius. He is like Willy Wonka isn't he? He is just lovely. Last weekend, Lawro got four correct results, including one exact score, out of 10 matches for a total of 70 points. Get latest scores and headlines sent straight to your phone, sign-up to our newsletter and learn where to find us on online. Tense, belly-laugh funny, mind-warpingly weird, and full of awwwwww.

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Phil McNulty. How to get into football. Explore the BBC. Get Inspired Find ways to get active. How to get involved in just about any sport or activity. Find a club, activity or sport near you. Back to top.The crystal ball is polished and it is that time of the year again - Premier League predictions. A few surprises, plenty of imponderables and a slight excuse that it is still not transfer deadline day yet.

Make your own prediction here. Manchester City remain the team to beat - they showed resilience and brilliance to put together a match winning streak to see off Liverpool last season and have strengthened in midfield with the addition of Rodri from Atletico Madrid. Vincent Kompany's presence, so vital in the run-in, will be hugely difficult to replace on and off the pitch but class in all parts of the field will make it a Premier League treble for the side who swept the board domestically last season and the perfect sign-off to David Silva's brilliant career in England.

Media playback is not supported on this device. The other half of a rivalry that will be a battle for silverware for years to come. Liverpool will try to end what will be a year wait for the title after falling agonisingly short despite losing only one league game last season, to the eventual champions. The Champions League was more than consolation but this season the Premier League will be firmly in the sights of manager Jurgen Klopp and his players.

Liverpool may not have made the big eye-catching purchase as deadline day approaches but all their world-class stars such as Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah are secured and this is a team built to last. Klopp's team is not going away. It will be a fight to the finish but it may well be that the title will have to wait for another year. It was a strange pre-season for Spurs with some discontented utterances from manager Mauricio Pochettino, including a suggestion of a change of job title to coach because of a lack of influence over transfers.

Spurs reached the Champions League final last season, which will have whetted the appetite, and are now at home in a magnificent new stadium and will challenge this season. The title? No - let's not forget they lost 13 league games last season - but top three and time to end Pochettino's wait for a trophy. The Premier League's top three is pretty clear when viewed through this crystal ball, at least but it will be a real dogfight for that last Champions League place and several clubs may be involved.

Chelsea have taken a real gamble appointing the unproven Frank Lampard after one season in Championship management in which he took Derby County from sixth to sixth. And the biggest puzzle of all is how can Chelsea cope without the 'X Factor' provided by the now departed Eden Hazard? The reason for this prediction is that Chelsea have an uncanny habit of achieving against the odds - remember the "disappointment" of last season under Maurizio Sarri when they only finished third and won the Europa League?

For all the cheerleading and predictable talk about a "feelgood factor", I have serious doubts that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man to turn around this big beast of the Premier League - doubts voiced before the initial bounce was deflated into those embarrassing performances at the end of last season. Solskjaer, rather like Lampard, is totally unproven but was the safe choice for United's hierarchy. Can Solskjaer turn around United's decline?

A game-changing signing in the next day or two may help but currently I struggle to foresee a top-four place. Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid could be a masterstroke but this Arsenal side, now without Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny, still lacks leadership, and manager Unai Emery must cure the old flaws such as travel sickness. They blew their top-four chances late on last season and lost the Europa League final to Chelsea - hardly a catastrophic failure but can they take the next step?

Everton ended Marco Silva's first season strongly and attractively, illustrated by home wins over Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United - and he has been backed in the markets, so owner Farhad Moshiri will expect a top-six challenge and domestic cup run at least. Idrissa Gueye will be a real loss but Everton have secured the classy Andre Gomes on a permanent basis, added the talented Jean-Philippe Gbamin from Mainz and secured one of Europe's emerging teenage talents in striker Moise Kean from Juventus.Tottenham and Liverpool left football fans gasping in disbelief this week as they both defied the odds to set up an all-English Champions League final.

The Reds fought back from a first-leg deficit to defeat tournament favourites Barcelona on an incredible night of drama at Anfield. And a day later, Lucas Moura completed his hat-trick in the sixth minute of stoppage time as Spurs fought from down on the night and on aggregate to overcome Ajax on their own patch. Indeed some of the biggest moments in Champions League history involve teams fighting back from several goals down to defy the odds. And - Manchester United fans - we haven't included that night because this is about overturning big deficits!

If you are viewing this page on the BBC News app please click here to vote. No wonder Mauricio Pochettino was left in tears at the end of the match. The Argentine manager had just masterminded arguably his side's greatest performance during his tenure - and that coming after the remarkable quarter-final success over Manchester City.

The London club were down after the first leg which became on aggregate after 35 minutes inside the Amsterdam Arena.

Ajax fans were singing as their side, who had seen off Real Madrid and Juventus, looked set to take up the other spot in the final at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano. But then the game took on a different complexion in four remarkable minutes shortly after the restart, courtesy of Moura's double. Spurs continued to search for that all-important third but it looked like it was never coming with keeper Andre Onana keeping the visiting attack at bay.

But with time running out, the man of the night used all his remaining energy to send a low shot past the reach of the Cameroon international. A late Lionel Messi masterclass at the Nou Camp left Liverpool's hopes of a second successive Champions League final dangling by a thread. The Argentine scored twice, including a sensational free-kick - his th Barcelona goal.

Even the most optimistic Liverpool fan could not have held out much hope after star forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were ruled out of the second leg through injury. Origi gave them hope in the seventh minute but they could not find a second goal before the break. And his two goals in seconds levelled the tie. Origi scored a winner which will live long in the memory, turning home Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner while Barcelona switched off. Cue scenes of pandemonium at the final whistle.

Sound familiar? But what looked like a consolation in the 80th minute from former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko proved to be crucial. The Bosnian put Roma ahead after just six minutes in the return leg before a De Rossi penalty and a Manolas header atoned for their Nou Camp mistakes and led the Italian side to an unfathomable win on away goals.

Cue madness in the Stadio Olympico stands. The win is difficult to describe. We will enjoy the semi-finals - I do not fear anyone. The dream didn't last much longer for Roma, as they were beaten at Anfield by Liverpool and on aggregate. While all the other entries on this list happened over two legs, the Reds squeezed their comeback into 45 second-half minutes plus extra time and penalties in the final.

A rollercoaster of emotion from start to finish, this was one of the gutsiest comebacks in the history of the Champions League. What was meant to be Liverpool's big moment quickly fell to pieces, with Milan captain Paolo Maldini grabbing a first-minute lead before Hernan Crespo scored twice to put Milan up. The game looked over at half-time but six mad second-half minutes saw captain and talisman Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso score to level the tie and take it to penalties.

Liverpool won the shootout with goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek the hero and Gerrard declaring his love of the club soon after, having been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea. Two goals from Napoli's Ezequiel Lavezzi either side of an Edinson Cavani header cancelled out Juan Mata's early volley in a scintillating performance at the San Paulo Stadium that put the Italians firmly on course for the quarter-finals.

Two weeks later Roberto di Matteo had replaced Andre Villas-Boas as Chelsea's caretaker manager in a desperate attempt to galvanise the players and rescue the season.

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After Branislav Ivanovic's dramatic winner sent Chelsea through, Di Matteo said: "I've had some great nights but I think this will go down in the club's history. He was right, as his Blues went on to win their first and only Champions League title - beating Bayern Munich on penalties at their own stadium. Deportivo produced a crushing display with goals from Walter Pandiani, Juan Valeron, Albert Luque and Gonzalo Fran sending the home fans into a frenzy.

A single goal from a Porto side managed by a young Jose Mourinho - who would go on to win the competition - deprived them of a place in the final. Chelsea fans were dreaming after eight glorious first-half minutes saw a trademark Gianfranco Zola free-kick and a Tore Andre Flo double give them a stunning first-leg lead at Stamford Bridge and put a semi-final place in sight, before Luis Figo struck to give Barcelona the away goal they needed to take back to the Nou Camp.Manchester City successfully defended their Premier League title last season - will anyone stop them from completing a hat-trick?

No team has been champions of England for three successive years since Manchester United reigned from tobut that is the next target for City boss Pep Guardiola, who has already achieved the feat in Spain Barcelona, and Germany Bayern Munich, Liverpool, who finished a point back, came closest to stopping the City juggernaut last time out, but who will challenge them in ? Will the Reds repeat the run of results that led to that near-miss? How will Chelsea fare with Frank Lampard in charge, but without Eden Hazard and under a transfer embargo?

Will Tottenham, who lost 13 league games last season, maintain their challenge this time? Is this when Arsenal get back in the Champions League places after a three-year absence, and are Manchester United serious contenders again after going six years without coming close to the title?

The predictions were made on the basis of how each squad shaped up on Thursday, 8 August, after the deadline for incoming transfers but with the potential for players to leave up until the transfer window shuts in the rest of Europe at the end of August.

Six teams feature in the forecasted top fours, and only Manchester City and Liverpool feature in all In terms of who will win it, Manchester City are favourites, with 16 votes.

Liverpool get the other eight. This is the fourth season running where City have featured in everyone's forecasted top four, and the second successive season where no-one thinks they will finish below second. Joleon Lescott: I've watched a few pre-season games and City have looked exactly the same as they did last season, even while playing without a recognised striker.

They have got a settled squad and it just seems like the longer they spend under Pep, the stronger they get. Media playback is not supported on this device. Micah Richards: As well as City's strength in depth, they have got a great manager who pushes every player to the limit. After winning the title you can sometimes rest on your laurels a little bit, because you think about how good the rest of your players are, but there is no room for that with Pep. If you do, there is not going to be a place for you.

Stephen Warnock: The only thing I think could have an impact on City this season is how much they will miss Vincent Kompany, because he was massive for the dressing room and setting standards. Chris Sutton: City are one of the teams who will really benefit from this new law that means goalkeepers do not have to pass the ball out of the box from goal-kicks.

A lot of clubs might try to copy them and come a cropper, but City can play their way out. Pat Nevin: They have bought well and also have Kevin de Bruyne back from injury.

He is exceptional, so they have to be favourites. Sue Smith: By adding Rodri and Joao Cancelo, they have got the best squad in the league, but they will be focused on Europe. They will just miss out on another title but will win the Champions League which is what they desperately want. Chris Waddle: I have looked at the fixtures and in the last six games, Liverpool have got a harder run-in.

It is tough to keep wining titles but City have got the hunger. The big loss for me is Kompany - because that leaves them vulnerable at set-pieces. Alan Shearer: It is going to be City and Liverpool going head to head for the title again and I think it is going to be very close - they are both exceptional teams but I just have a feeling Liverpool will edge it this time. Matthew Upson: What Liverpool did last season was worthy of a Premier League title, and without making any signings, having Jurgen Klopp in charge means they will grow from within.

He has had another pre-season to implement his style and his mentality and I think they can still get a little bit better.


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