UEFA Champions League Prediction Thread: 4/20/10

Now the business end of the UEFA Champions League really begins. This afternoon, the semifinal round kicks off as Inter Milan host Barcelona. Bayern Munich welcome Lyon in tomorrow’s semifinal.

Inter are the type of team that while I don’t expect them to necessarily advance in this matchup, I don’t think they are going to get shelled, either. You would expect Inter to have a sound defensive plan drawn up, and if they can get out of this first leg with a 1-0 result, they’ll do whatever they need to in the second leg to try and move on.

The problem in that theory is one Lionel Messi. I don’t need to spend time in this space telling you how great he is or how he has simply taken over matches at times this season. He is the first and foremost worry for Inter and while there are objective ways you can scout this match and compare how the sides match up, there is no accounting for Messi’s ability to simply decide the game on his own. And even in writing that, it’s a slight to Xavi, who also is a critical and at times masterful piece to the Barcelona engine. Can Inter stop both? I think any Jose Mourinho-coached team can show such determination to at least try.

But trying won’t be enough here. Inter is a solid team with some wonderful players. But I think they’re in over their head. I know I’ve picked against Barcelona at times during this Champions League campaign, however, I can’t do it now. Messi wins the day, and Barcelona will be halfway to the final. 2-1 BARCELONA.

This is a new round, so point values have once again doubled. It’s 80 points for nailing the exact score, 40 for having the winner and the right margin, and 20 simply for having the winner. All spots are up for grabs, and even if you haven’t played yet, if you jump in now and get them right, you can still contend.

Picks are due in the comments section below by 2:45 p.m. Eastern time. Good luck!

The current standings are below.:

SEASON STANDINGS
1) 301 – writered21
2) 240 – RegularGuy
3) 227 – nica1004
4) 200 – Aaron Stollar
5) 167 – FlashMan
6) 121 – dkstones
7) 105 – Lowecifer
8) 95 – tomwilhelm
9) 60 – AAMM
t10) 40 – Forza La Juve
t10) 40 – WhitesBhoy
12) 25 – BusbyBoy74
13) 20 – Stathmaster
14) 16 – FFCinPCB
15) 10 – MyManMyNigs
16) 5 – RandyNA
17) 0 – b4rcelona

Advertisements

8 thoughts on “UEFA Champions League Prediction Thread: 4/20/10

  1. So, the deal here is … Lowe wins the day if Inter win.

    A draw is only beneficial to Aaron.

    RegularGuy can’t gain ground on 1st place, as he has the same winner/score I do.

    If Barca get a 3-1, or any 2-goal win, Nica’s going to have a big day.

    Lots of intrigue here, pity more couldn’t get in. But, another game tomorrow that I think is going to feature a lot of varied opinions. I’m not even sure how I’m going to call it yet.

  2. Inter surprises most of the group with a 3-1 win.

    Lowecifer is the only one to get points on the day, as he earns 20 for having the winner. It’s enough to move him into 6th place. Everything else stays the same heading into Wednesday’s match.

    SEASON STANDINGS
    1) 301 – writered21
    2) 240 – RegularGuy
    3) 227 – nica1004
    4) 200 – Aaron Stollar
    5) 167 – FlashMan
    6) 125 – Lowecifer
    7) 121 – dkstones
    8) 95 – tomwilhelm
    9) 60 – AAMM
    t10) 40 – Forza La Juve
    t10) 40 – WhitesBhoy
    12) 25 – BusbyBoy74
    13) 20 – Stathmaster
    14) 16 – FFCinPCB
    15) 10 – MyManMyNigs
    16) 5 – RandyNA
    17) 0 – b4rcelona

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s