The upcoming matches on Tuesday, April 8th, are set to be nothing short of thrilling as Arsenal takes on Bayern Munich and Real Madrid faces off against Champions League holder Manchester City in the quarterfinals. The stakes are high, and the excitement is palpable as these top-tier teams clash.

As we look ahead to these matchups, it’s only natural to speculate and make predictions about the outcomes. With each team bringing their A-game and showcasing their skills, it’s sure to be a battle worth watching.

While anything can happen in football, our predictions lean towards intense showdowns with close scores. Both matches promise to be fiercely competitive, with each team vying for a spot in the next round of the Champions League. Stay tuned for what promises to be an unforgettable night of football action!

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich

On Tuesday night, in front of a boisterous Emirates crowd, two former Champions League rivals reconnect as Arsenal and Bayern Munich square off in the first leg of their quarterfinal match.

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The Gunners defeated Porto on penalties to extinguish memories of their last season’s knockout round. Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel’s team, without any supporters in North London due to an incident involving fireworks, advanced thus far thanks to a second-leg comeback victory against Lazio.

Arsenal’s possible starting lineup:

Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu; Odegaard, Jorginho, Rice; Saka, Havertz, Martinelli

Bayern Munich’s possible starting lineup:

Ulreich; Kimmich, Upamecano, Kim, Davies; Goretzka, Laimer; Muller, Musiala, Gnabry; Kane

Our Predictions

Arsenal to win

Arsenal supporters, whose fragile defences have been fortified with robust armour, ought not to endure another 5-1 humiliation at the hands of the German champions, especially in light of Tuchel’s squad’s current situation.

Although the Gunners almost always fail to maintain a clean sheet when Kane faces Arsenal, this could change if Arteta’s squad is momentarily affected by the quarterfinal pressure. Still, the clinical hosts should take advantage of the Bavarians’ weaknesses in the backyard and lack of away support to take a narrow lead to Munich.

Real Madrid vs Manchester City

In Tuesday’s quarterfinal first leg at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid and Manchester City will meet again in a replay of last year’s epic Champions League semi-final. Real Madrid has won the tournament 14 times, while Manchester City is now the holders.

Pep Guardiola’s squad blasted the 14-time champions 5-1 in two matches a little under a year ago, advancing to the final. Before City’s rampage at the Etihad, the two great rivals could not have been further apart in the Spanish City.

Real Madrid’s possible starting lineup:

Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Mendy; Valverde, Tchouameni, Kroos; Bellingham; Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo

Manchester City’s possible starting lineup:

Ederson; Lewis, Stones, Dias, Akanji; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Doku, Haaland, Foden

Our Predictions

Both teams score, and Full-time draw

In this matchup between Real Madrid and the unstoppable Man City, fans can look forward to an exciting attacking performance from both teams. However, lapses in focus from either defence are possible.

With that in mind, we should expect many goals at the Bernabeu. However, following a similar pattern to 2022–23, we can only see a closely contested draw in Tuesday’s first leg—certainly an improvement for Guardiola’s side if last year is any indication.