(All kickoffs Eastern Standard Time)
Tuesday April 3rd
Sevilla v Bayern Munich 2:45
(Estadio Roman Sanchez) Despite drawing German juggernaut Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals, Sevilla manager Vincenzo Montella’s boys will be buoyed by their recent La Liga result against 1st placed Barcelona. Their 2-2 draw, (they did have a shock 2-0 lead over the Catalan club at one point) could be used as inspiration for their matchup with the Bundesliga champions. Munich, fresh off their 6-0 annihilation of rivals Dortmund in “Der Klassiker”, will be looking to continue their goal-scoring form in Spain with Polish striker Robert Lewandowski (who scored a hat-trick in that aforementioned annihilation) leading the line. They should fair pretty easily in this one. Bayern Munich to win by at least 3 goals.
Juventus v Real Madrid 2:45
(Allianz) A rematch of last year’s Champions League final, Juventus will hope to have a better showing than the 4-1 thrashing that Los Merengues put on them at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff last June. Italian football is often praised for its stellar defense, and Juventus will surely be looking to keep any Madrid goals to a minimum, as multiple away goals should see this tie ended with a game still left to be played. This is however easier said than done, as Cristiano Ronaldo has a penchant for the big stage. Still, Madrid have had a poor season in La Liga, and it is believed that manager Zinedine Zidane’s only chance of his keeping his job at the end of the season is by winning Europe’s ultimate competition. Madrid to win.
Liverpool v Manchester City 2:45
(Anfield) An extremely tricky tie to call, Liverpool and City meet for the third time this season, with each having won a game. Anfield is always a tough venue for away clubs on big European nights. Many, both fans and players alike, say the atmosphere is like nowhere else on Earth. Manager Jurgen Klopp will be looking to use that passionate home support as a catalyst for victory. Liverpool are without midfielder Adam Lallana, who picked up an injury minutes after being subbed on this past weekend against Crystal Palace, however their attacking trio in the form of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mo Salah are all healthy. German midfielder Emre Can may also be out of contention with a slight knock. Conversely, City manager Pep Guardiola will be hoping his star striker Sergio Aguero will recover from injury in time for kickoff. Liverpool to win by a goal.
Barcelona v Roma 2:45
(Camp Nou) Unfortunately for a neutral, this fixture is pretty straightforward. The fact that it’s in Spain makes it all the more uneventful. Credit to Roma, however. They topped their qualifying group which included Chelsea and Atletico Madrid – no easy task. However their extended stay in Europe looks to be over as the Catalan giants have arguably football’s greatest ever player, Lionel Messi, healthy and ready to go. Barcelona to win by minimum four goals.