Your Tuesday Vuelta Champions League Quarters Preview

While it may seem that the ties are already decided, as with many things in life,  you never fucking know.  Heck,  it was only last year that Barcelona turned around a 4-0 away deficit into a 6-1 home win to advance against Paris St. Germain.

Does anyone this year have a chance to have a similar turnaround?

TO THE GAMES!

Roma v Barcelona (1-4 Aggregate)

Balls: Obviously,  I’m rooting for this NOT to be the comeback game.  It’s in Rome,  which gives the Italians hope,  but I just don’t see them scoring three unanswered.

Predicción: A 1-2 Barça away victory and an anxious wait until Friday to see if they can draw Liverpool in the semis.

Litre_Cola: This tie is over and I think that FCB may even rest a few guys and only bring them on if things get dicey. Roma doesn’t have the firepower to stage a comeback even if it is in Rome. I really hope that Barca get Real the next round, I want to see 2 more classicos. MAKE IT SO SEPP BLATTER!

Predicción: 1-1 Because it doesn’t really matter.

Hippo: Christ and Sonny Jeebus, who gives a flying lizard fuck.  Not even the Pope, I would bet.

Predicción: 1-1 (Barça 5-2 on aggregate).

Don T: Fuck you, Roma. You reach the last eight of the Champions and open in Barcelona with two own goals. Smell ya never.

Luis Suárez had a 10-month goal drought in the Champions League. It’s broken. It begins.

Predicción: Roma 2 : 2 Barcelona; one red card, four yellows (Barça wins on aggregate 6-3)

 

Manchester City v Liverpool (0-3 Aggregate)

Balls: THIS is the matchup.  This one is the most likely to be reversed.  City is at home and Google gives them a 66% chance to win. Hippo can tell you if the odds are right,  but if you paid attention in DFO University,  you should be able to figure that out yourself. I myself think that if anyone can do this,  it is Pep.

Prediction: A 3-0 home win that takes the tie to penalties.  Liverpool will then complete the choke job better than Michael Hutchence.

Litre_Cola: Oh this is totally going to be a comeback game. I was at the pub this weekend and Man City is incredibly Jekyl and Hyde. I think the 1st match in this tie was shitty Man City playing and that they are going to turn it on for this one.

Prediction: 3-1 and Liverpool gets through on the away goal.

Don T: Yeah, I think this will be a good game. The Guardian says that Salah is starting and that Klopp is playing for the win, not playing to hold.

Oh, I can hear the groans over my shitty Internet. Give yourself over.  

[salutes]

Via bbci.co.uk 

Guardiola’s asking for a perfect game from his players, but they’ve looked pretty demoralized in their last two drubbings. Call me cynical, but with the Premier League title in hand, I don’t think the players will respond to any

😎

Pep talk.

Predicción: Machester City 2 – 1 Liverpool (LIV survives 3-2)

Hippo: This will get talked up endlessly, but City are in tatters after Sunday’s choke job.  The Redshite will score within 20 minutes to ensure that we get absolutely no entertainment this round, this month, whatever.  Everything is shit.

Prediction: 1-1 snorefest (Redshite 4-1 on aggregate).

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scotchnaut

If Babylon Berlin kills off Greta I won’t be responsible for my irrational reaction.

BrettFavresColonoscopy

How the fuck is it only Tuesday?

scotchnaut

So weird. I was thinking this very same thing just 7 days ago!

scotchnaut

Not sure where Babylon Berlin is going narrative-wise but I’m sure there will be a few more double and triple crosses that I won’t see coming…

King Hippo

Barca’s bed shitting is UNLV fucking up the 1991 final-caliber bad.

scotchnaut

I never trusted Stacey Augmon.

King Hippo

/also will go to my grave believing Larry Johnson was shaving points. Passing to a blanketed Anderson Tate, 35 feet from the basket on that last play – when he had an open shot!

scotchnaut

GAMBLOR really has his hooks in you. Grandma would never do such a thing!

/have you started in on Mr. Brunner? Does it hold up?
I just finished The Great Reckoning by Louise Penny-I choked up a few times towards the end. That hasn’t happened to me in forever.

King Hippo

I hated him with the Hornets, too (I still cared about them in their first iteration, before it came to light that George Shinn was a bigger creep than previously known). Zo Mourning was a much better player.

Yes, Zanzibar is good, but the language is so dense/weird that it is hard to digest quickly!

scotchnaut

I myself love writers that challenge me. He was influenced by a guy by the name of John Dos Passos. His USA Trilogy is a giant direct criticism of the major figures of capitalism at the time. Thorstein Veblen, Henry Ford and J.P. Morgan come under the gun.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Soccer is boring.

That is all.

scotchnaut

I have a hard time getting into league stuff but the Euro and World Cups are fascinating to me.
Also, baseball blows.

/Opinions? Yeah, I’ve got a few.

litre_cola

Hippo!!!!!!!!! Villa got one at the death and Fulham won.
ITSSSS HAAPPENNINNGGGG

King Hippo

oh, the Villa win helped? I thought you wanted the opposite. Huzzah!!

litre_cola

We in 2nd now!!! Sheepshaggers have a game in hand

litre_cola

Holy shit just checked the score. Fuck me sideways. Roma?!?!?!

King Hippo

perhaps…they should have tried?

litre_cola

Jesus that is a deplorable result. I now want Roma v Liverpool and Madrid v Munich

King Hippo

HOLY MERDE, Roma will be through!!!

King Hippo

whaddya know, Hippo got sommet right.

King Hippo

Sister Jean is a Cubs fan? Eh, she can fuck right off, then.

Inanimate Carbon Rod Marinelli

I kinda want all her likely very conservatives opinions to leak out so people will write think pieces about a nonagenarian’s problematic views to which more think pieces will be written about how wrong it is to proudly shit on an old woman’s opinion.

King Hippo

I mean…she’s a nun FFS.

/but a Jesuit, in all serious, probably ain’t that bad. And nuns in general tend to be more practical and social justice-oriented, and roll their eyes at the priests and bishops getting all huffy and political.

King Hippo

Redshite at +2000 to win is good value. I put $10 in at +1400, may drop 10 MOAR. They get one goal, City will quit. German Elton John will push for a few goals before the Mancs start hurting fuckers.

King Hippo

almost dropped $40. CURSES.

King Hippo

So…I guess Barca’s not trying at all?

litre_cola

Nawt shocking

King Hippo

Hippo did NAWT bet on Roma and is disappoint in self.

King Hippo

Now REALLY disappoint.

litre_cola

Ggggggooooaaallllll.

litre_cola

I am at work. No Guinness in hand. Howevah I do have teh Mighty Fulham game on my comp.

SonOfSpam

Is there a Nervous Zuckerberg Testifying live blog?

King Hippo

I’d be interested in hearing about the funnier parts.

King Hippo

PRAISE JEEBUS!!!

King Hippo

Chances of talking to self: 100%?

Why am I even here, FFS?? Brain is just shot after 7 straight hours of hard Lease modification.

SonOfSpam

Strange term for “getting pegged with a crucifix” but ok.

Don T

I’m out for cause (DVR, under penalty of “You told me we were gonna watch together!” guilt-tripping).

King Hippo

maybe the Chechens will do a little practice run on Klopp today?? Everyone needs a World Cup tune-up, inshallah!

Don T

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King Hippo

This guy is favourite part of Glorious New Show

King Hippo

$50 on the draw. No MOAR action.