Can Porto finish off Bayern Munich in the Champions League?

The Quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League wraps up this weekend and we have some exciting games that are coming down to the wire. On Tuesday, the first two matchups conclude and we have the opportunity to see a huge upset. FC Porto holds a 3-1 lead over runaway Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich and can pull off a major upset. In the other game, Barcelona holds an expected 3-1 lead over PSG.

Barcelona 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain – Camp Nou – 2:45 et – FOX Sports 1/ESPN Deportes

Barcelona went into Paris and completely dominated the game. Not only did Barcelona dominate PSG but Luis Suarez completely dominated David Luiz by performing a couple nutmegs on the Brazilian and getting a brace in the first leg.

PSG will be welcoming Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the second leg after he was suspended for a game from a red card during the Round of 16 game against Chelsea. While PSG is going to have the attacking power they sorely needed, it may be too little, too late. While being down 3-1 and Barcelona having three away goals, PSG must score at least three goals at Camp Nou to just have a shot of winning.

 

Bayern Munich 1-3 Porto – Allianz Arena – 2:45 – FOX Sports 2/FOX Deportes

This is the matchup people will have an eye on. What was once going to be a slam dunk for Bayern Munich to move on, the Portuguese side Porto is now in a prime position to pull off the upset.

Conversely, Bayern Munich has kind of gone off the rails since last week. Their medical staff supposedly quit after being blamed for the loss against Porto and have to work out some things in between these two games. Bayern Munich has the away goal so if they can score two more goals, which they certainly have the talent to do that, they can advance to the Semifinals. In a week where Bayern Munich can clinch the Bundesliga, they can also escape from the hole they dug in Champions League. That will certainly get the critics from the past week off their back.

 

Predictions

Phillip – Barcelona v. PSG: 3-1 (6-2 agg.)

Barcelona should have no trouble staying ahead of PSG. Having to score three goals in the Nou Camp to even have a chance of winning? Yeah, Barcelona should have nothing to worry about.

Bayern Munich v. Porto: 2-0 (3-3 agg. Bayern advances on away goals)

Bayern and Porto is a different story. While Porto would make for a great story, I think Bayern Munich is going to pull out the victory. They’ll take the game 2-0 and win on away goals 3-3 over Porto.

 

Andy – Barcelona v PSG: 3-0 (6-1 agg.)

Just way too much firepower for the Catalonian club and they happen to be on their best form of the season. Not a good combination for PSG at all.

Bayern Munich v Porto: 4-1 (5-4 agg.)

This game will be a wild ride, but even without Ribery and Robben, the Munich squad will find a way to pull out the needed goals for a victory in the overall tie. Look for Bayern to find that magical fourth goal in stoppage time to send them through.

 

Jeff – Barcelona v PSG: 3-1 (6-2 agg.)

Barcelona should do the same job on PSG they did last time. They are hitting their stride and should waltz to the next round.

Bayern Munich v Porto: 2-0 (3-3 agg. Bayern advances on away goals)

This Bayern squad is just so strong. I can see them getting 3 goals but losing Ribery and Robben also is going to hurt them. I think they’re out for blood though. It also depends on how much losing the influential team doctor will effect the team.

About Phillip Bupp

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