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The Predictor: R16, 22-23 February

Swaz is back with his take on what to expect from this week’s round of 16 first legs. But be warned, he tells us: ‘These predictions have been a lot harder’

WORDS Lucas Wills

Chelsea v LOSC

Chelsea and Lille last met in the 2019 group stage

First leg, 22 February
Chelsea don’t look very convincing at the moment. But then again, they just don’t concede. Lille aren’t ripping it up in Ligue 1 and they’re away, so… I was going 1-0 Chelsea but changed my mind, because Timo Werner might run past someone and tap it in, you never know.

Prediction: 2-0

Villarreal v Juventus

Can Juve's new number 7 Dušan Vlahović lead them to victory in Spain?

First leg, 22 February
I was doing a bit of digging – obviously, because that’s what I do, I’ve got to predict – and Juventus are not looking good this season in Serie A. But still, neither are Villarreal in the Liga. This is what I mean about these being sticky predictions. Villarreal score a few but are quite susceptible to one or two in the back of their own net. I think Juventus might be too strong.

Prediction: 1-2

Atletico Madrid v Manchester United

Manchester United met Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1991

First leg, 23 February
What a weird team Manchester United are. What a very, very odd team. They are so inconsistent; they can score but they just can’t keep a lead. And I just think Atleti might have a bit too much up top for them to handle, though they’re not doing a lot in the Liga. And United are up for it. This one is so hard to predict.

Prediction: 2-2

Benfica v Ajax

Benfica and Ajax last met in the 2018 group stage

First leg, 23 February
I have been taking a look at Ajax’s domestic form and… what the hell? In the league they’ve conceded five goals all season and scored 70. Outrageous. I spoke to the Benfica fan in our office and he’s not very happy, so I’m getting a lot of my mood for this one from him. Though he is an angry man at the best of times…

Prediction: 1-3

15-16 February: round-up

Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid
Result: 1-0
Swaz: 2-2

Sporting v Manchester City
Result: 0-5
Swaz: 1-4

Salzburg v Bayern München
Result: 1-1
Swaz: 1-0

Inter Milan v Liverpool
Result: 0-2
Swaz: 1-2


I was watching the Salzburg game thinking, “This is the best thing. If I’ve predicted this, what a star…” Then Bayern have to come in, 90th minute, and do me like that. I was gutted. Didn’t know what to do with my life. But I wasn’t far off with City, was I? Then PSG had to go and ruin my draw, 94th minute. And I wasn’t far off with Inter v Liverpool either. I’m not bad at this, am I?

Chelsea v LOSC

Chelsea and Lille last met in the 2019 group stage

First leg, 22 February
Chelsea don’t look very convincing at the moment. But then again, they just don’t concede. Lille aren’t ripping it up in Ligue 1 and they’re away, so… I was going 1-0 Chelsea but changed my mind, because Timo Werner might run past someone and tap it in, you never know.

Prediction: 2-0

Villarreal v Juventus

Can Juve's new number 7 Dušan Vlahović lead them to victory in Spain?

First leg, 22 February
I was doing a bit of digging – obviously, because that’s what I do, I’ve got to predict – and Juventus are not looking good this season in Serie A. But still, neither are Villarreal in the Liga. This is what I mean about these being sticky predictions. Villarreal score a few but are quite susceptible to one or two in the back of their own net. I think Juventus might be too strong.

Prediction: 1-2

Atletico Madrid v Manchester United

Manchester United met Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1991

First leg, 23 February
What a weird team Manchester United are. What a very, very odd team. They are so inconsistent; they can score but they just can’t keep a lead. And I just think Atleti might have a bit too much up top for them to handle, though they’re not doing a lot in the Liga. And United are up for it. This one is so hard to predict.

Prediction: 2-2

Benfica v Ajax

Benfica and Ajax last met in the 2018 group stage

First leg, 23 February
I have been taking a look at Ajax’s domestic form and… what the hell? In the league they’ve conceded five goals all season and scored 70. Outrageous. I spoke to the Benfica fan in our office and he’s not very happy, so I’m getting a lot of my mood for this one from him. Though he is an angry man at the best of times…

Prediction: 1-3

15-16 February: round-up

Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid
Result: 1-0
Swaz: 2-2

Sporting v Manchester City
Result: 0-5
Swaz: 1-4

Salzburg v Bayern München
Result: 1-1
Swaz: 1-0

Inter Milan v Liverpool
Result: 0-2
Swaz: 1-2


I was watching the Salzburg game thinking, “This is the best thing. If I’ve predicted this, what a star…” Then Bayern have to come in, 90th minute, and do me like that. I was gutted. Didn’t know what to do with my life. But I wasn’t far off with City, was I? Then PSG had to go and ruin my draw, 94th minute. And I wasn’t far off with Inter v Liverpool either. I’m not bad at this, am I?

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Chelsea v LOSC

Chelsea and Lille last met in the 2019 group stage

First leg, 22 February
Chelsea don’t look very convincing at the moment. But then again, they just don’t concede. Lille aren’t ripping it up in Ligue 1 and they’re away, so… I was going 1-0 Chelsea but changed my mind, because Timo Werner might run past someone and tap it in, you never know.

Prediction: 2-0

Villarreal v Juventus

Can Juve's new number 7 Dušan Vlahović lead them to victory in Spain?

First leg, 22 February
I was doing a bit of digging – obviously, because that’s what I do, I’ve got to predict – and Juventus are not looking good this season in Serie A. But still, neither are Villarreal in the Liga. This is what I mean about these being sticky predictions. Villarreal score a few but are quite susceptible to one or two in the back of their own net. I think Juventus might be too strong.

Prediction: 1-2

Atletico Madrid v Manchester United

Manchester United met Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1991

First leg, 23 February
What a weird team Manchester United are. What a very, very odd team. They are so inconsistent; they can score but they just can’t keep a lead. And I just think Atleti might have a bit too much up top for them to handle, though they’re not doing a lot in the Liga. And United are up for it. This one is so hard to predict.

Prediction: 2-2

Benfica v Ajax

Benfica and Ajax last met in the 2018 group stage

First leg, 23 February
I have been taking a look at Ajax’s domestic form and… what the hell? In the league they’ve conceded five goals all season and scored 70. Outrageous. I spoke to the Benfica fan in our office and he’s not very happy, so I’m getting a lot of my mood for this one from him. Though he is an angry man at the best of times…

Prediction: 1-3

15-16 February: round-up

Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid
Result: 1-0
Swaz: 2-2

Sporting v Manchester City
Result: 0-5
Swaz: 1-4

Salzburg v Bayern München
Result: 1-1
Swaz: 1-0

Inter Milan v Liverpool
Result: 0-2
Swaz: 1-2


I was watching the Salzburg game thinking, “This is the best thing. If I’ve predicted this, what a star…” Then Bayern have to come in, 90th minute, and do me like that. I was gutted. Didn’t know what to do with my life. But I wasn’t far off with City, was I? Then PSG had to go and ruin my draw, 94th minute. And I wasn’t far off with Inter v Liverpool either. I’m not bad at this, am I?

The Predictor: R16, 22-23 February
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The Predictor: R16, 22-23 February

Swaz is back with his take on what to expect from this week’s round of 16 first legs. But be warned, he tells us: ‘These predictions have been a lot harder’

WORDS Lucas Wills

Chelsea v LOSC

Chelsea and Lille last met in the 2019 group stage

First leg, 22 February
Chelsea don’t look very convincing at the moment. But then again, they just don’t concede. Lille aren’t ripping it up in Ligue 1 and they’re away, so… I was going 1-0 Chelsea but changed my mind, because Timo Werner might run past someone and tap it in, you never know.

Prediction: 2-0

Villarreal v Juventus

Can Juve's new number 7 Dušan Vlahović lead them to victory in Spain?

First leg, 22 February
I was doing a bit of digging – obviously, because that’s what I do, I’ve got to predict – and Juventus are not looking good this season in Serie A. But still, neither are Villarreal in the Liga. This is what I mean about these being sticky predictions. Villarreal score a few but are quite susceptible to one or two in the back of their own net. I think Juventus might be too strong.

Prediction: 1-2

Atletico Madrid v Manchester United

Manchester United met Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1991

First leg, 23 February
What a weird team Manchester United are. What a very, very odd team. They are so inconsistent; they can score but they just can’t keep a lead. And I just think Atleti might have a bit too much up top for them to handle, though they’re not doing a lot in the Liga. And United are up for it. This one is so hard to predict.

Prediction: 2-2

Benfica v Ajax

Benfica and Ajax last met in the 2018 group stage

First leg, 23 February
I have been taking a look at Ajax’s domestic form and… what the hell? In the league they’ve conceded five goals all season and scored 70. Outrageous. I spoke to the Benfica fan in our office and he’s not very happy, so I’m getting a lot of my mood for this one from him. Though he is an angry man at the best of times…

Prediction: 1-3

15-16 February: round-up

Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid
Result: 1-0
Swaz: 2-2

Sporting v Manchester City
Result: 0-5
Swaz: 1-4

Salzburg v Bayern München
Result: 1-1
Swaz: 1-0

Inter Milan v Liverpool
Result: 0-2
Swaz: 1-2


I was watching the Salzburg game thinking, “This is the best thing. If I’ve predicted this, what a star…” Then Bayern have to come in, 90th minute, and do me like that. I was gutted. Didn’t know what to do with my life. But I wasn’t far off with City, was I? Then PSG had to go and ruin my draw, 94th minute. And I wasn’t far off with Inter v Liverpool either. I’m not bad at this, am I?

Penalty Pedigree

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Chelsea v LOSC

Chelsea and Lille last met in the 2019 group stage

First leg, 22 February
Chelsea don’t look very convincing at the moment. But then again, they just don’t concede. Lille aren’t ripping it up in Ligue 1 and they’re away, so… I was going 1-0 Chelsea but changed my mind, because Timo Werner might run past someone and tap it in, you never know.

Prediction: 2-0

Villarreal v Juventus

Can Juve's new number 7 Dušan Vlahović lead them to victory in Spain?

First leg, 22 February
I was doing a bit of digging – obviously, because that’s what I do, I’ve got to predict – and Juventus are not looking good this season in Serie A. But still, neither are Villarreal in the Liga. This is what I mean about these being sticky predictions. Villarreal score a few but are quite susceptible to one or two in the back of their own net. I think Juventus might be too strong.

Prediction: 1-2

Atletico Madrid v Manchester United

Manchester United met Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1991

First leg, 23 February
What a weird team Manchester United are. What a very, very odd team. They are so inconsistent; they can score but they just can’t keep a lead. And I just think Atleti might have a bit too much up top for them to handle, though they’re not doing a lot in the Liga. And United are up for it. This one is so hard to predict.

Prediction: 2-2

Benfica v Ajax

Benfica and Ajax last met in the 2018 group stage

First leg, 23 February
I have been taking a look at Ajax’s domestic form and… what the hell? In the league they’ve conceded five goals all season and scored 70. Outrageous. I spoke to the Benfica fan in our office and he’s not very happy, so I’m getting a lot of my mood for this one from him. Though he is an angry man at the best of times…

Prediction: 1-3

15-16 February: round-up

Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid
Result: 1-0
Swaz: 2-2

Sporting v Manchester City
Result: 0-5
Swaz: 1-4

Salzburg v Bayern München
Result: 1-1
Swaz: 1-0

Inter Milan v Liverpool
Result: 0-2
Swaz: 1-2


I was watching the Salzburg game thinking, “This is the best thing. If I’ve predicted this, what a star…” Then Bayern have to come in, 90th minute, and do me like that. I was gutted. Didn’t know what to do with my life. But I wasn’t far off with City, was I? Then PSG had to go and ruin my draw, 94th minute. And I wasn’t far off with Inter v Liverpool either. I’m not bad at this, am I?

Read the full story
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Chelsea v LOSC

Chelsea and Lille last met in the 2019 group stage

First leg, 22 February
Chelsea don’t look very convincing at the moment. But then again, they just don’t concede. Lille aren’t ripping it up in Ligue 1 and they’re away, so… I was going 1-0 Chelsea but changed my mind, because Timo Werner might run past someone and tap it in, you never know.

Prediction: 2-0

Villarreal v Juventus

Can Juve's new number 7 Dušan Vlahović lead them to victory in Spain?

First leg, 22 February
I was doing a bit of digging – obviously, because that’s what I do, I’ve got to predict – and Juventus are not looking good this season in Serie A. But still, neither are Villarreal in the Liga. This is what I mean about these being sticky predictions. Villarreal score a few but are quite susceptible to one or two in the back of their own net. I think Juventus might be too strong.

Prediction: 1-2

Atletico Madrid v Manchester United

Manchester United met Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1991

First leg, 23 February
What a weird team Manchester United are. What a very, very odd team. They are so inconsistent; they can score but they just can’t keep a lead. And I just think Atleti might have a bit too much up top for them to handle, though they’re not doing a lot in the Liga. And United are up for it. This one is so hard to predict.

Prediction: 2-2

Benfica v Ajax

Benfica and Ajax last met in the 2018 group stage

First leg, 23 February
I have been taking a look at Ajax’s domestic form and… what the hell? In the league they’ve conceded five goals all season and scored 70. Outrageous. I spoke to the Benfica fan in our office and he’s not very happy, so I’m getting a lot of my mood for this one from him. Though he is an angry man at the best of times…

Prediction: 1-3

15-16 February: round-up

Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid
Result: 1-0
Swaz: 2-2

Sporting v Manchester City
Result: 0-5
Swaz: 1-4

Salzburg v Bayern München
Result: 1-1
Swaz: 1-0

Inter Milan v Liverpool
Result: 0-2
Swaz: 1-2


I was watching the Salzburg game thinking, “This is the best thing. If I’ve predicted this, what a star…” Then Bayern have to come in, 90th minute, and do me like that. I was gutted. Didn’t know what to do with my life. But I wasn’t far off with City, was I? Then PSG had to go and ruin my draw, 94th minute. And I wasn’t far off with Inter v Liverpool either. I’m not bad at this, am I?

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

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