Tuesday Morning Kick-Off

We are going to focus on the 1st Leg Champions’ League Quarterfinal matches today in the Morning Kick-Off. Some tasty affairs for sure. We want to tell visitors to the site to please keep coming back, especially tomorrow when we will have an interview with ESPN’s Derek Rae. He is a fantastic commentator and has some interesting stories and insight into world football. Please check it out and let us know what you think.

Quartefinal action begins this week in the Champions’ League and as always at this stage all the matches are interesting. We’ve got the traditional powers represented (Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal, Inter Milan, and Bayern Munich) as well as a few sides that are looking to cause a real shock (Lyon, Bordeaux, and CSKA Moscow).

Tuesday Champions’ League Previews

Tuesday’s fixtures feature Bayern-Manchester United, a rematch of the epic 1999 Champions’ League Final as well as the all French clash between Lyon and Bordeaux.

Bayern Munich squeaked by Fiorentina in a tough Round of 16 pairing and showed some real heart in Italy during the second leg when Fiorentina put the Bavarians under immense pressure. Louis Van Gaal’s side prevailed in that difficult encounter and were able to book their place in the last 8. The league form of the Germans is starting to take a little dip after a period of terrific form and they currently find themselves in second place in the Bundesliga standings.

Manchester United meanwhile after perhaps one of European football’s in-form teams having had a superb last two months. Back at the top of the Premier League, the Red Devils have been driven down the stretch by the incredible goal-scoring exploits of Wayne Rooney. United supporters will have had their worries eased in recent days as Rooney was suffering from some knee issues. However, he looks to be set to go as United attempt to gain a first leg advantage at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern surely have the firepower with the likes of Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben from the flanks, though a decision on Robben’s inclusion into the starting 11 won’t be made until close to game time. The real question is can Bayern avoid giving up an away goal to a United side who put 7 past AC Milan in the previous round.

When all things are said and done, we expect a score draw here at One Game, One World. It’ll give Bayern a fighting chance for the second leg at Old Trafford, but count on United to gain a slight advantage in this first match.

One Game, One World Prediction: Bayern Munich-Manchester United 1-1

The all French clash between Lyon and Bordeaux is intriguing because let’s face it match-ups like this that feature domestic rivals always are. A spot in the semifinals of the competition beckons and both sides will have different reasons for wanting to get there.

Lyon, after so many years of near-misses in the later rounds would love to finally make the breakthrough to the final four of European football’s greatest competition. Bordeaux meanwhile are trying to make a name for themselves on the continental stage after finally ending Lyon’s vice-like grip on Ligue 1.

Lyon are coming off a hugely impressive defeat of Real Madrid in the last round which shocked many pundits, though except for a poor first half in Madrid, Lyon were definitely the better side over the two legs. Bordeaux were perhaps less impressive in knocking off Greek side Olympiakos and looked wobbly in the second leg when out of nowhere Olympiakos made a fist of it with 10 men.

I would expect nothing less than an extremely tight affair when these two sides get together. There is so much at stake that I wouldn’t be surprised to see very few goals over the two legs.

One Game, One World Prediction: Lyon-Bordeaux 0-0

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