Champions League Wednesday Preview

The Champions League quarter-finals first legs continue on Wednesday, with Manchester United hosting Lionel Messi and Barcelona.

Old Trafford hosts the undoubted tie of the round, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking for a good result to take back to Catalunya.

The other game sees Cristiano Ronaldo take his Juventus side to Holland to face Ajax – who dispatched of holders Real Madrid in the last round.

We run through every game including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray, our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and BoyleSports’ Lawrence Lyons.

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Ajax 20:00 Juventus
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TEAM NEWS: Ajax are without midfielder Noussair Mazraoui, who is suspended whilst Hassane Bande is a doubt for the home side.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to despite a thigh strain, but Giorgio Chiellini, Martin Caceres and Emre Can miss out. Juventus hope Douglas Costa and Andrea Barzagli will be fit.
KEY FACT: Juventus’ Moise Kean scored in his fifth consecutive game for club and country
MATCH ODDS: Ajax 23/10 Draw 23/10 Juventus 13/10
BoyleSports pick: Both Teams To Score @4/5
ANDY SAYS: I have been impressed with Ajax and think they can cause another shock…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: Juve are a class act, they know what to do and they will win here…0-2
Football Index – One to follow: Frenkie De Jong – The soon-to-be Barcelona midfielder still has plenty of value

Manchester United 20:00 FC Barcelona
Old Trafford

TEAM NEWS: Barcelona have a near fully fit squad with only Rafinha ruled out, whilst they hope that Ousmane Dembele will be able to feature.

Eric Bailly, Matteo Darmian, Alexis Sanchez and Antonio Valencia are sidelined, whilst Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford will all be given a chance to prove their fitness ahead of kick-off.
KEY FACT: Man Utd have beaten Barcelona just once in their last eight meetings
MATCH ODDS: Man Utd 14/5 Draw 5/2 Barcelona 20/21
BoyleSports pick: Half Time score 0-0 @21/10
ANDY SAYS: I think that United will come unstuck here, Barcelona will sweep them aside…1-4
GRAEME SAYS: United need to avoid defeat in this one but I am not sure they will…0-2
Football Index – One to follow: Anthony Martial – An outstanding talent, who still has lots of value

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