Europa League and Champions League semi-final predictions by Martin
The semi-finalists of both European competitions are now known and so it is time to play a little game of let’s predict the outcome.
I will kick off with the Champions League first and foremost.
This is so bloody hard for me because Tottenham are in the competition and I am trying to be unbiased and as professional with my predictions as I can but the idea that they could actually go on and win the tournament makes me feel absolutely nauseous.
With that caveat in mind, this is how I see the semis going
Barcelona v Liverpool
I have to admit that I really can see Liverpool pulling this off. Barcelona is not the vintage Barca of old and they are far too over-reliant on Messi these days.
I see Liverpool losing in Barcelona but scoring an away goal with a scoreline of 2-1 in favour of the Catalans.
At Anfield, I predict that Barcelona will also score a valuable away goal but lose 3-1 overall and so it is Liverpool through to the final for me.
Tottenham v Ajax
Here we go, what can I say, I see Tottenham progressing FFS.
I know Ajax has done sensational against Juve and Real Madrid but both those clubs came across as arrogant and there is an argument that both are in decline right now, I know Juve have dominated Serie A but that league looks weak to me.
I see Tottenham winning 2-0 at their new stadium and getting a draw in Amsterdam.
So the final for me is Liverpool v Tottenham.
OK, now that I have dirtied myself significantly I will cleanse my soul with my Europa League predictions.
Eintracht Frankfurt v Chelsea
I have the Germans winning this one, to be honest, they were down to ten men against Benfica in the first leg and that is the only reason they lost and they still found the back of the net twice, goals that helped them win the tie on the away goal rule.
They are in great form right now, they did stumble in the league last time out but overall have been flying.
I have the Germans winning the first leg in Germany 2-0 and drawing the second leg at Stamford Bridge, in fact, I do not see this game being that close.
Arsenal v Valencia.
Now, I am obviously going to be biased and I do accept that Valencia will be tough opponents but I honestly do see us doing a number on them at the Emirates and am fairly confident we will win by either 2-0 or 3-0 in our own stadium.
As for the away league I simply cannot see us losing by two goals, I am not saying we will not lose but even if we do it will be not enough of a loss for Valencia to progress to the final.
So the final for me is Arsenal v Eintracht Frankfurt.
One final word, please forgive me for my Tottenham prediction but what can I say, I just think they will overcome Ajax but I will say this, there is far more chance of us winning a European trophy this season than them, I honestly do believe that.
Let me know what your predictions are.