Champions League 2014: Live Stream Info and Latest Predictions

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Champions League 2014: Live Stream Info and Latest Predictions
Michael Sohn

The first legs of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals are right around the corner, with Europe's premier club competition set to resume on Tuesday, April 1.

Manchester United will host reigning champions Bayern Munich, while Atletico Madrid will stay in Spain to take on La Liga rivals Barcelona.

On Wednesday, Real Madrid will get a chance to avenge last year's semi-final defeat when the squad hosts Borussia Dortmund, and Chelsea will make the trip across the English Channel to do battle with Paris Saint-Germain.

Read on for a full breakdown of every tie, as well as live stream info and full predictions.

 

Manchester United v Bayern Munich

Jon Super

TV info and live stream: The game will be broadcast on ITV, with mobile coverage available via the ITV Player app.

The most one-sided tie on paper, struggling Manchester United will host a Bavarian team that looks as unstoppable as any in world football right now.

Last year's winners have already locked up the Bundesliga title and have now turned their full attention to retaining the Champions League crown, with a favourable tie setting the team up well to do exactly that.

United, on the other hand, has struggled through a disastrous campaign and was nearly bounced from this year's tournament by Greek champions Olympiacos in the previous round. A date with Bayern was the last thing the team needed, but that's exactly what's on tap on Tuesday.

As if a visit from the Bavarians isn't daunting enough in ideal circumstances, Sir Alex Stands reports David Moyes will have a shortage of healthy defenders on his hands:

FourFourTwo's Jonathan Fadugba puts the difference in the kind of season both teams have had in perspective:

Moyes is fighting for his job, and a good result against the Bavarians would go a long way in regaining some of the fans' faith. But with the way United has played this season and the injury bug rearing its ugly head at the worst possible moment, an upset seems unlikely.

Prediction: Manchester United 0-2 Bayern Munich

 

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid

Gabriel Pecot

TV info and live stream: The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports 1, with mobile coverage available via the Sky Go app.

La Blaugrana will host Atletico in one of the round's most exciting ties, as both teams will face each other for the fourth time this season with the previous three meetings all ending in draws.

Atletico leads the Spanish title race by a single point and would love to hand Barcelona a mental blow with a good result here, but the hosts have the advantage when it comes to Champions League experience.

As reported by FootballFacts 101, Victor Valdes will undergo surgery on his ACL and will not be available for his club:

BeIN Sports' Tancredi Palmeri has learned the Catalan edition of Spanish newspaper Sport knows Valdes has played his final match for Barcelona:

Losing Valdes is a major blow for La Blaugrana, as both teams have been evenly matched so far this season and one single stop or goal could make the difference in this tie.

Atletico's Thibaut Courtois seems just fine, as shared by this fan:

Barcelona will be at home, but this could be a tense affair that will be decided in the return game.

Prediction: Barcelona 1-1 Atletico Madrid

 

Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund

Andres Kudacki

TV info and live stream: The game will be broadcast on Sky 1 and Sky Sports 4, with mobile coverage available via the Sky Go app.

Dortmund might have had Real's number in recent years, but Los Blancos will have a great chance at revenge when these two teams meet at the Bernabeu.

The visitors have been rocked by countless injuries and transfers, and Balls.ie shared this image that's so tragic, it's almost funny:

Yet for all of its bad luck, the club is still alive at this stage of the tournament and has put together a solid showing in the German Bundesliga. Real is the clear favourite going into this tie, but underestimating Dortmund would be a serious mistake.

After last year's semi-final exit, it seems unlikely Real will take the visitors lightly, though. Star forward Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't hide his excitement when the draw became official:

Real is in the midst of one of the most exciting title races La Liga has seen in years, and the team has looked tired at times in recent weeks, dropping vital points on several occasions.

But a big win over Rayo Vallecano has Los Blancos flying high going into this match, and unless Dortmund can rekindle some of last year's magic, this tie should belong to the hosts.

Prediction: Real Madrid 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

 

PSG v Chelsea

Michel Euler

TV info and live stream: The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports 1, with mobile coverage available via the Sky Go app.

Premier League leaders Chelsea will take on French Champions PSG in the last tie of the round in one of the tournaments hardest to predict matchups.

Both clubs haven't met on this stage since 2004, and the Blues have truly been a team of two faces this season, looking dominant against some of the top teams (like beating Arsenal 6-0) and lackluster against others (like losing to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace with an EPL title on the line).

PSG, meanwhile, is yet to be truly challenged this season, easily dispatching of all competition in the Champions League and holding a massive lead in the French Ligue 1.

ESPNFC's Jonathan Johnson thinks the way this year's competition has played out might spell trouble for Chelsea:

Les Bleus have looked untouchable so far, but it's difficult to gauge their true quality until the team plays one of the top clubs of European football.

Chelsea has been up and down in recent weeks, and the loss to Crystal Palace has the club seemingly primed for another big result. Jose Mourinho has put together a tough, gritty squad that has tons of experience at this level and can match PSG's star quality with players like Eden Hazard and Oscar.

But the French champions are being severely underrated by some of the English fans and might be the best team left in competition not named Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.

Prediction: PSG 2-0 Chelsea

 


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