Manchester United could face UCL fixture change

Manchester United could face UCL fixture change

Did the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal draw go a long way toward clinching Liverpool's first Premier League title?

The most eye-catching of all those fixtures was the one between Barcelona and Manchester United while arguably, Liverpool have been handed the easiest opposition in the lot.

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has fond memories of Barcelona's Nou Camp - the site of his last-ditch victor against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final. The person who made the prediction is presumably a Tottenham fan, who sent out his predictions a day before the draw was even made.

In the Europa League round of 16 draw, both Arsenal and Chelsea were drawn at home but UEFA ruled to reschedule Arsenal's first-leg tie against Rennes as Chelsea won the FA Cup.

Tottenham will host Manchester City in the first leg, which could be played at Wembley Stadium or at the north London club's soon-to-be-completed new arena.

The weekend schedule opens on Saturday, with AFC Bournemouth hosting Newcastle United as +105 favorites, and Leicester City visiting Burnley FC as +145 chalk, while West Ham United looks to bounce back from a stunning 2-0 loss at Cardiff City as they host last-place Huddersfield Town sporting short -180 odds.

The two Champions League finalists will receive 17,000 tickets each, raising concerns English clubs will not be able to meet season-ticket holder demands if they reach the final.

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Followed closely behind City is none other than Premier League-challenging rivals Liverpool, with the Reds holding an impressive 93.1 SPI rating.

And Juventus' meeting with Ajax will be a rematch of the 1996 Champions League final at Rome's Stadio OIimpico, a match that the Italians won via a penalty shootout.

The first of which was a 3-2 aggregate win over French giants PSG, however they came unstuck against eventual winners Real Madrid in the last-4, failing to score in 180 minutes.

Liverpool have avoided defeat in nine straight Premier League contests during their current surge, but have been forced to settle for a draw in four of those outings including each of their past three road contests.

Juventus have lost five finals since then but are hoping Ronaldo can fire them to glory this season after his hat-trick knocked out Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

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