Atlético Madrid vs. FC Barcelona
Atlético Madrid vs. FC Barcelona is surely the match all of you will have your eyes on, as both of our hated rivals are set to clash at the Vicente Calderon. Barcelona have 5 injuries: Jeremy Mathieu, Aleix Vidal, Thomas Vermaelen, Rafinha Alcantara, and Sandro Ramirez. Additionally, Pique has a slight niggle in the hip (oh the irony), but since he trained with team on Tuesday, he looks all set to start.
Atlético Madrid are nearly in the clear with regard to injuries, with only José Giménez unable to recover from a hamstring problem in time. But this doesn't count for the suspension of Fernando Torres, which is likely to be a big blow to Atlético as they may struggle to find the net without their giant killer.
Atlético Madrid: Oblak, Juanfran, Godin, Lucas, Filipe Luis, Gabi, Saul, Augusto, Koke, Carrasco, Griezmann
Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Dani Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Benfica vs Bayern Munich
Benfica played well against Bayern Munich in the first leg, losing only 1-0 at the Allianz Arena. The side from Portugal have a better chance of advancing to the semifinals than most would think. In the form of their lives and at home, Bayern cannot expect an easy match, and will have to be on top form to dispose of this Portuguese side without experiencing trouble. Things will also be made harder for Bayern with the absence of Holger Badstuber, Medhi Benatia, Jerome Boateng, and Arjen Robben. But Benfica aren't exactly fully stocked either, as they have star striker Jonas suspended, Nicolas Gaitan doubtful, and both Julio Cesar and Nuno Santos out injured.
Benfica: Ederson, Fejsa, Jimenez, Lidelof, Salvio, Eliseu, Pizzi, Jardel, Andre, Almeida, Carcela-Gonzalez, Renato Sanchez
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Alaba, Martinez, Kimmich, Lahm, Vidal, Alonso, Ribery, Thiago, Costa, Muller
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Rules for the Match Thread
You can talk about pretty much anything you want to, even if it doesn't have much to do with the UCL matches going on (though please do try to talk mostly about football). Just remember to follow the community guidelines and remain respectful and kind at all times. I don't anticipate too many problems on our blog, but there's always that one bugger that has to #blowuptheteam randomly. Don't be that guy and also don't go trolling on others' blogs if they lose. That means even if Barcelona get thrashed 25-0, you can't go shove it in BB members' faces no matter how much you want to.
But other than that, have fun guys & gals!