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Liverpool to face Chelsea again

In the 2009 UEFA Champions League quarter final draw, Liverpool will once again meet Chelsea in what is slowly becoming an annual contest.

This time the first leg will be played at Anfield with the second leg a week later at Stamford Bridge. I think once again its going to be an interesting tie and after Liverpool's recent wins over both Real Madrid and Manchester United they must riding high with confidence.

But for Chelsea it will be time to avenge the two losses in the league suffered at the hands of Liverpool.

But one thing has changed though and to me I think that could prove to be significant and that is the change in coaches at the Bridge.

When Liverpool won the league matches Felipe Scolari was in charge and now Guus Hiddink is at the helm and that could swing the match to Chelsea.

I don't see playing the second leg at home as a huge advantage because if you are playing away your goals are very significant and that can put the home team under a lot of pressure.

On the same side of the draw Barcelona will come face to face with Bayern Munich. Barca and Bayern have scored the most number of goals in the competition so far and this tie must be very interesting but I expect Barcelona to prevail.

The winner between Liverpool and Chelsea will play the winner between Barcelona and Bayern Munich. I consider this to be the stronger side of the draw.

On the other side of the draw, Arsenal will face Villareal whilst holders Manchester United will face Porto. I can see an all English semi-final here but Porto and Villareal are quite capable of springing surprises of their own.

Its very likely that there will be an English team in the final if not both teams like last year but lets wait and see what will come out of the quarter-final matches.

I am nearer the bottom on the Champions League tipping ladder on TipsChallenge and I hope I will get my predictions right this time.

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