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Champions League predictions – who of Liverpool, Man Utd, Man City and Spurs can expect to reach the semi-finals?

The draw for the Champions League quarter-finals was made in Nyon on Friday, but who are we predicting will reach the last four of European football's top club competition?

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Spurs

Liverpool

Ajax vs Juventus

Ajax cannot be underestimated having dethroned Real Madrid and with their exciting young team, with Frenkie de Jong catching the eye, but Juventus will be expected to progress. They are a wholly different, Cristiano Ronaldo-led prospect to a disorganised, demotivated Madrid side. It will be interesting to see the Dutch attack Juventus’s Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci centred defence. Still Ajax will not fear anyone and could give the Italians a scare. But Juventus should make it.
Prediction: Juventus

Liverpool vs Porto

Facing Porto was the draw every other team wanted. They are the rank outsiders even if they have a fiery but highly-rated coach in Sergio Conceicao. Liverpool will be delighted – especially as memories will be fresh of the 5-0 thrashing they handed out in Porto last season. The Portuguese have done well to get this far, knocking out Roma, having overturned a two-goal deficit, but it would be a huge shock if Liverpool do not go through.
Prediction: Liverpool

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City

The first leg should be at Tottenham’s new stadium, which adds another dimension, and Spurs have Harry Kane so cannot be underestimated. But City will be expected to go through given their strength and depth and growing momentum. Fixture congestion could be a factor – and the sides will meet just a couple of days after the second leg in the Premier League  and it may well be a lot closer than some might expect. A good draw for Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes.
Prediction: Manchester City

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Barcelona vs Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to the Nou Camp – but to face Barcelona rather than Bayern Munich. It is a daunting draw for United and although Barcelona are not the force of old they have Lionel Messi and with Messi they are favourites, for sure. United have a re-found belief having knocked out Paris St-Germain and with Solskjaer at the wheel and, again, this could be close. The tie of the round, also.
Prediction: Barcelona

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