Champions League Preview – Can Leicester make more history & will Madrid finish off the job?

The Champions League, Europe’s biggest competition is back tonight for some Quarter-final second legs and everyone will be watching Leicester City. The Foxes will be looking to make even more history by beating last year’s finalists, Atletico Madrid to reach the Semis. Having already made it this far, no one can take away from them their incredible debut campaign in Europe but it would be some shock if they were to beat Atletico Madrid.

 

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Leicester City have surprised many in this season’s Champions League.

After the first leg, Atletico lead by a single goal thanks to a Griezmann penalty in the opening half an hour. Considering Leicester were away, it wasn’t the worst result in the world and the Premier League champions can easily make amends tonight at the King Power stadium.

 

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann in action with Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi
Griezmann scored the only goal of the game in the first leg.

Having been down and out in the round of 16 to Spanish opponents; Sevilla, the Foxes where able to come back from a 2-1 away defeat to win 2-0 at their ground. Could the same occurrence happen tonight with another Spanish opponent?

 Leicester look to be without Robert Huth at Centre-back, while Atletico do not have any large absentees.

 

Predicted Line-ups:

Sevilla: Oblak, Fillipe Luis, Savic, Godin, Juanfran, Koke, Gabi, Saul, Carrasco, Griezmann, Torres.

 Leicester City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Benalouane, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton, Mahrez, Okazaki, Vardy.

Predicted score: 2-0 Atletico Madrid (3-0 Atletico on Aggregate)   

 

 Meanwhile, the White side of Madrid will look to finish off the job in front of their home fans tonight. Having beaten Bayern Munich in the first leg and picking up 2 away goals, Ronaldo and co. will look to book their place in the semis and hope to eventually reach the final for the 2nd consecutive year.

 

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Ronaldo’s first leg double give Madrid the lead on aggregate.

It may be too early to predict whether Madrid can finally break the curse of the Champions League and win the trophy in consecutive seasons, something no club has ever done, but beating Bayern, huge favourites in the competition, will lay down a big marker to the remaining teams in the competition.

 

Real Madrid are likely to be without Centre-backs; Pepe and Raphael Varane, while Gareth Bale has also picked up a calf injury and will be unable to feature tonight.

 

Bayern Munich will only be without Javi Martinez after his first leg red card but will have star players Mat Hummels and Robert Lewandowski returning to the line-up tonight.

 

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Bayern need to be at their best to reach the Semi-finals.

Predicted Line-ups:

Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Fernandez, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema.

 Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba, Alonso, Vidal, Robben, Thiago, Ribery, Lewandowski.

Predicted score: 2-1 Real Madrid (4-2 Madrid on Aggregate). 


All images sourced from Google Images.

Team News sourced from The Sun Sport. 

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