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Champions League score predictions

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All four of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal ties are set up perfectly for the second legs on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, with one game tied, two teams having 1-0 leads and a 2-0 lead.

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Liverpool and Barcelona are favored to go through against Porto and Manchester United respectively, while Ajax could easily spring an upset at Juventus and Tottenham will make life very difficult for Man City in the second leg.

Below is a look at each second leg tie, with a score prediction for all four games.


UEFA Champions League quarterfinal predictions

Ajax v. Juventus
First leg: 1-1 draw in Amsterdam
Second leg: Tuesday, Apr. 16, Allianz Stadium, Turin
Prediction: Ajax had plenty of chances to score more than once in the first leg, as they went head-to-head with Juve in an entertaining game. They may regret not taking their chances, as Ronaldo and Co. will feed off the home fans and get over the line. Just. 2-1 to Juventus in the second leg, Juventus to advance 3-2 on aggregate.

Liverpool v. FC Porto
First leg: Liverpool beat FC Porto 2-0 at home 
Second leg: Wednesday, Apr. 17, Estadio Dragao, Porto
Prediction: Porto hung in there in the first leg and if they score early on at home, things could get a little tricky for Liverpool, especially after their draining victory against Chelsea. That said, Klopp’s men have the players to hurt anyone on the counter and they will wrap up a second-straight trip to the UCL semis. 2-1 to Liverpool in the second leg, Liverpool to advance 4-1 on aggregate.

Manchester United v. Barcelona
First leg: Barcelona won 1-0 at Man United
Second leg: Tuesday, Apr. 16, Nou Camp, Barcelona
Prediction: United have to come out all guns blazing, and their away displays at Juventus and PSG will fill them with confidence they can score goals on the break and cause problems for anyone. 2-2 draw in second leg, Barcelona to advance 3-2 on aggregate.

Tottenham v. Manchester City
First leg: Tottenham beat Man City 1-0 at home
Second leg: Wednesday, Apr. 17, Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Prediction: Pep Guardiola‘s side were pretty woeful away at Spurs, but this Tottenham side are now without Harry Kane and that is a big blow. Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are firing on all cylinders and will win this game, and tie, for City. 4-2 win to Man City in second leg, Man City to advance 4-3 on aggregate.

Report: Chelsea would let Juventus hire Sarri for $7m fee

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Maurizio Sarri looks set for a second-straight offseason of “Will Chelsea or won’t they?”

One year after needing the Blues to sort out the removal of Antonio Conte and compensation with Napoli, Sarri could now be moving back to Italy.

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But Chelsea won’t make any decisions on his future until after the Europa League Final in Baku next week, and reportedly would let him leave for Juventus if the Serie A side pays a $7 million fee.

Sarri also criticized the Blues’ preseason trip to America, and Matt Law’s report says the manager is fine to stay in England but may want to return to Italy. Roma is also searching for a manager.

Chelsea’s playing style under Sarri drew criticism from supporters but the Blues are in the Europa League Final, finished third in the Premier League, and came within penalty kicks of beating Manchester City to the League Cup title.

Maybe the cigarette-chomping Sarri isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but his success on the table and tournaments with a transfer ban looming was pretty solid. Chelsea could do much worse.

Man Utd set to add $20m Swans winger James

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Manchester United’s first signing of the summer will be a Welsh international forward, but not that one, presuming the clubs sort out the transfer fee.

Swansea City winger Daniel James has agreed to terms with United, according to Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old is expected to cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men about $20 million.

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James scored five times with 10 assists for Graham Potter in all competitions this season, totaling 2800 minutes for Swans.

Only Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was fouled more per game than James, who was taken to the turf 2.7 times per match. He mostly played on the left wing this season.

Twice-capped by Wales, James turns 22 in November. How long will it take him to make the jump from Championship star to Premier League contributor?

Martinez names Kompany in Belgium squad

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Roberto Martinez is going to suit up a manager as Belgium fights to qualify for EURO 2020.

Okay, okay, that manager is Anderlecht player-manager Vincent Kompany, mere days removed from sealing a domestic treble for Manchester City.

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Kompany, 33, has been called up by Belgium for the first time since November. He has 87 caps with four goals for the Red Devils, and perhaps the nickname will be a little less awkward now that he’s not a member of the Premier League’s “noisy neighbors.”

Here’s what Martinez had to say about Kompany’s inclusion.

“In modern football it is not easy to combine the job of player and coach,” Martinez added. “In England they have a tradition of that but less and less because the job of coach has become enormously demanding. We must give him time. We will support him in everything he does.”

Belgium is in a qualifying group with Russia, Cyprus, Scotland, Kazakhstan, and San Marino, and should waltz into the tournament.

USMNT dates to host Cuba, Canada revealed

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MIAMI (AP) The United States will host Cuba on Oct. 11 and Canada on Nov. 15 in the first CONCACAF Nations League.

CONCACAF said Tuesday that the Americans, seeded in Group A, will play at Canada on Oct. 15 and at Cuba on Nov. 19.

Sites have not been determined.

Other Nations League groups are:

B – Bermuda, Mexico, Panama

C – Martinique, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago

D – Costa Rica, Curacao, Haiti

The top team in each League A group advances to the semifinals in March, and the last-place team is relegated to League B.

The U.S. intends to play exhibitions on the September FIFA dates for national teams.

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