Champions League predictions: Arsenal will stroll, Liverpool will struggle

Ollie Irish

4th, November 2009


Some quick predictions for tonight’s key Champions League matches:


Arsenal v AZ Alkmaar
Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas are in brilliant form and should really lead the Gunners to a comfortable victory at the Emirates tonight; AZ are a strictly average team, and although Wenger’s side might be tempted to play within themselves, I can’t see any result but a comfortable home win. In terms of tasty bets, I like Thomas Vermaelen to score at any time at 5/1 – the Belgian defender loves to get forward and will fancy putting one over on the Dutch (the Dutch frequently mock the Belgians; hell, most of northern Europe loves to mock the Belgians).
Prediction: Arsenal 3-0 AZ


Lyon v Liverpool
People are talking about Rafa’s ability to always get a result when he needs one – well boy does he need one tonight. The thing is, without Stevie G and with a half-fit Nando Torres, I have a feeling Rafa’s luck in Europe is about to run out; on paper, his team simply doesn’t look strong enough. And with Fiorentina almost certain to beat Debrecen in Florence in the other group game, Liverpool must win in France. The Reds have a fine record against French teams, but this time I don’t see any signs of a Great Escape.
Prediction: Lyon 1-1 Liverpool


Unirea v Rangers
After two shocking home defeats, by Seville and Unirea, Rangers are back on the road, and going on their form in Europe this season, it’s where they tend to do better – they can sit back, soak up pressure without their fans getting on their back for negative play. So I certainly don’t expect Dan Pet Rescue’s side to tonk the Scots again. I tip a narrow win for the Romanians, but wouldn’t be at all surprised if Rangers jam a score draw. And if that isn’t having my cake and eating it too, I don’t know what is…
Prediction: Unirea 2-1 Rangers

Elsewhere, I expect wins for Seville, Barcelona, Inter and Fiorentina, and predict a draw between Standard Liege and Olympiakos.

Agree, disagree? Leave your predictions in a comment…

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  1. Mulet says:

    Liverpool will get 3 points in Lyon, a 2-0 win will do

  2. Philando Torres says:

    I’ll be suspending common sense for 90-odd minutes this evening. This is what they footy’s about though – crushing lows and ecstatic highs.


  3. Philando Torres says:

    Right then, here goes;

    Voronin is honestly the shitest player ever.

    Other than that, lots of pride restored, great goal by Babel and a performance with spine by the whole team (Voronin aside). Oh, and that equaliser – didn’t I mention crushing lows before?

    Still, when you’re on such a run you can’t catch a break. In fact, when we finally arrest this terrible run it’ll probably be with a shite performance and a jammy goal.


  4. Joe says:

    Belgians deserve mocking, they speak Dutch as if they’ve been kicked in the head as children and half of them are serial killers (the other half are rapists). Tommie Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen (who is even better and would be the perfect replacement for Alonso at ‘pewl) are the only exceptions.

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