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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 20:54 - Feb 6 with 391 viewswessex_exile

With the first Round of 16 matches coming up next week, it's time to get our annual U'sual Champions League competition underway. First off, congratulations to BFG (as holder) sevebalo, noah4x4, Colukev, Sector4, basher2010, thrillseeker, oxfcolu, blueeagle, ghughes11, mfb_cufc, and eagledares for qualifying.

Using a random number generator, you have been drawn into the following 4 groups of 3 (Groups A, B, C, D), and will play off against each other predicting all of the Round of 16 matches.

Group A
sevebalo
Sector4
oxfcolu

Group B
noah4x4
thrillseeker
mfb_cufc

Group C
basher2010
eagledares
BFG

Group D
Colukev
blueeagle
ghughes11

As always, there will be no first-to-post tie-break decider this round, only most spot-ons. However, remember you are only allowed one exact match prediction with each one of your group members for this entire round (1st and 2nd legs together), so first to post may be a factor in this regard. If I spot too many exact matches I will do my best to give advance warning, but please don't rely on me to do this - you must watch this one yourselves too.

Top two from each Group go through, to then form 2 mini-leagues of 4, and play off against each other predicting all of the Quarter-final matches. The mini-leagues will be formed as follows: Winner A, Runner-Up B, Winner C, Runner-up D and Runner-up A, Winner B, Runner-up C and Winner D.

The top two from each mini-league will then be drawn from a hat to play off in head-to-head matches, all predicting the semi-final matches. The finalists will play-off predicting the Champions League Final, this will include predicting different aspects of the game, not just the score - and will be submitted as concealed bids (via PM to me).

If a tie-break is required at any stage, it will always be predicting the attendance of the next U's game.

The Round of 16 fixtures to predict are as follows:
First Legs
12/02/2019 Man U v PSG
12/02/2019 Roma v FC Porto
13/02/2019 Ajax v Real Madrid
13/02/2019 Spurs v Borussia Dortmund
19/02/2019 Liverpool v Bayern Munich
19/02/2019 Lyon v Barcelona
20/02/2019 Atletico Madrid v Juventus
20/02/2019 FC Shalke 04 v Man City

Second Legs
05/03/2019 Borussia Dortmund v Spurs
05/03/2019 Real Madrid v Ajax
06/03/2019 FC Porto v Roma
06/03/2019 PSG v Man U
12/03/2019 Juventus v Atletico Madrid
12/03/2019 Man City v FC Shalke 04
13/03/2019 Barcelona v Lyon
13/03/2019 Bayern Munich v Liverpool

Deadline for any prediction is kick-off for that match, and do bear in mind that this season all matches are scheduled to start at 8pm.

Good luck everyone!

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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 00:41 - Feb 7 with 275 viewseagledares

First Legs
12/02/2019 Man U v PSG 2-1
12/02/2019 Roma v FC Porto 2-0
13/02/2019 Ajax v Real Madrid 1-3
13/02/2019 Spurs v Borussia Dortmund 1-1
19/02/2019 Liverpool v Bayern Munich 1-2
19/02/2019 Lyon v Barcelona 0-2
20/02/2019 Atletico Madrid v Juventus 1-1
20/02/2019 FC Shalke 04 v Man City 1-2

Second Legs
05/03/2019 Borussia Dortmund v Spurs 1-1
05/03/2019 Real Madrid v Ajax 2-0
06/03/2019 FC Porto v Roma 1-1
06/03/2019 PSG v Man U 3-2
12/03/2019 Juventus v Atletico Madrid 2-1
12/03/2019 Man City v FC Shalke 04 2-0
13/03/2019 Barcelona v Lyon 4-0
13/03/2019 Bayern Munich v Liverpool 2-1
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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 08:33 - Feb 7 with 263 viewsnoah4x4

Group B might look like the group of death, but please put me down for all 2-1 home wins. I know that is a Happy style cop out. But it at least gives MFB and Thrillseeker a trivial degree of challenge.

I don't follow European football at all and rarely watch Premier League on TV, instead always opting for EFL or National League on BT Sport. I just don't enjoy the boring pass it sideways football in the top division. Hence, I can't be arsed to research their form.
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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 10:32 - Feb 7 with 260 viewswessex_exile

U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 08:33 - Feb 7 by noah4x4

Group B might look like the group of death, but please put me down for all 2-1 home wins. I know that is a Happy style cop out. But it at least gives MFB and Thrillseeker a trivial degree of challenge.

I don't follow European football at all and rarely watch Premier League on TV, instead always opting for EFL or National League on BT Sport. I just don't enjoy the boring pass it sideways football in the top division. Hence, I can't be arsed to research their form.


An interesting tactic, and not without some merit chap - you have effectively bagsied the 2-1 home win for yourself, meaning thrillseeker and mfb_cufc can only use it once in all of their 16 predictions.

You have also reminded me to remind you all that as always, predictions are for the full 90 minute match result, extra-time/ penalties do not count.

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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 18:09 - Feb 7 with 249 viewsnoah4x4

U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 10:32 - Feb 7 by wessex_exile

An interesting tactic, and not without some merit chap - you have effectively bagsied the 2-1 home win for yourself, meaning thrillseeker and mfb_cufc can only use it once in all of their 16 predictions.

You have also reminded me to remind you all that as always, predictions are for the full 90 minute match result, extra-time/ penalties do not count.


First to post was a deliberate tactic, but I hadn't thought of that angle!
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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 20:58 - Feb 7 with 242 viewsthrillseeker

2/02/2019 Man U v PSG 1-2
12/02/2019 Roma v FC Porto 1-1
13/02/2019 Ajax v Real Madrid 0-2
13/02/2019 Spurs v Borussia Dortmund 1-1
19/02/2019 Liverpool v Bayern Munich 1-2
19/02/2019 Lyon v Barcelona 0-1
20/02/2019 Atletico Madrid v Juventus 1-0
20/02/2019 FC Shalke 04 v Man City 0-2
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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 21:12 - Feb 7 with 241 viewsBFG

First Legs
12/02/2019 Man U v PSG 1-2
12/02/2019 Roma v FC Porto 2-0
13/02/2019 Ajax v Real Madrid 0-0
13/02/2019 Spurs v Borussia Dortmund 1-2
19/02/2019 Liverpool v Bayern Munich 0-0
19/02/2019 Lyon v Barcelona 0-3
20/02/2019 Atletico Madrid v Juventus 1-0
20/02/2019 FC Schalke 04 v Man City 0-2
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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 21:53 - Feb 7 with 237 viewsghughes11

Like my Happy League predictions, I am going for a boring 1-0 win to the home team across the board. Unless I get a chance to edit my post before kick offs.
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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 23:28 - Feb 7 with 231 viewswessex_exile

U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 20:58 - Feb 7 by thrillseeker

2/02/2019 Man U v PSG 1-2
12/02/2019 Roma v FC Porto 1-1
13/02/2019 Ajax v Real Madrid 0-2
13/02/2019 Spurs v Borussia Dortmund 1-1
19/02/2019 Liverpool v Bayern Munich 1-2
19/02/2019 Lyon v Barcelona 0-1
20/02/2019 Atletico Madrid v Juventus 1-0
20/02/2019 FC Shalke 04 v Man City 0-2


All good TS, no exact matches so far.

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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 23:32 - Feb 7 with 230 viewswessex_exile

U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 21:12 - Feb 7 by BFG

First Legs
12/02/2019 Man U v PSG 1-2
12/02/2019 Roma v FC Porto 2-0
13/02/2019 Ajax v Real Madrid 0-0
13/02/2019 Spurs v Borussia Dortmund 1-2
19/02/2019 Liverpool v Bayern Munich 0-0
19/02/2019 Lyon v Barcelona 0-3
20/02/2019 Atletico Madrid v Juventus 1-0
20/02/2019 FC Schalke 04 v Man City 0-2


One exact match with eagledares BFG, the 2-0 home win for Roma v FC Porto, but that's okay if you have no more in the second legs.

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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 23:37 - Feb 7 with 229 viewswessex_exile

U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 21:53 - Feb 7 by ghughes11

Like my Happy League predictions, I am going for a boring 1-0 win to the home team across the board. Unless I get a chance to edit my post before kick offs.


Currently, you're the first from Group D to predict, so your 1-0 home wins across the board are good. Bear in mind, if you want to amend any of those before any kick-off, and others within Group D have already posted, you'll no longer be the first to post those predictions.

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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 08:28 - Feb 8 with 209 viewsnoah4x4

U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 23:37 - Feb 7 by wessex_exile

Currently, you're the first from Group D to predict, so your 1-0 home wins across the board are good. Bear in mind, if you want to amend any of those before any kick-off, and others within Group D have already posted, you'll no longer be the first to post those predictions.


Oh dear Wessex, this could become complicated if people edit their picks over multiple days! Might just do that for fun (am joking).
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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 18:50 - Feb 8 with 193 viewswessex_exile

U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 08:28 - Feb 8 by noah4x4

Oh dear Wessex, this could become complicated if people edit their picks over multiple days! Might just do that for fun (am joking).


I have to include a fiendish array of bold, italic, underline and colour fill to keep track of it all - it's a veritable minefield...

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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 22:09 - Feb 8 with 188 viewsbasher2010

2-0
1-1
0-1
2-2
1-1
0-3
0-1
0-2

2-1
2-0
1-1
2-0
2-1
3-0
3-0
2-1
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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 15:14 - Feb 9 with 173 viewswessex_exile

U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 22:09 - Feb 8 by basher2010

2-0
1-1
0-1
2-2
1-1
0-3
0-1
0-2

2-1
2-0
1-1
2-0
2-1
3-0
3-0
2-1


Hi basher2010 - you have a few exact matches to resolve.

Lyon 0 Barcelona 3 and FC Shalke 04 0 Man City 2 both match BFG's predictions, so you'll have to change at least one of them - but take note of eagledares' 0-2 and 1-2 predictions for those matches (see below).

Real Madrid 2 Ajax 0, FC Porto 1 Roma 1, Juventus 2 Atletico Madrid 1 and Bayern Munich 2 Liverpool 1 all match eagledares' predictions, so you'll have to change at least three of them (hence bear in mind what you change to fix your exact matches with BFG). The good news is that BFG has yet to post the second legs, so you have no constraints there.

Clear as mud?

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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 21:20 - Feb 9 with 167 viewsblueeagle

1st leg
Man Utd 2-1 PSG
Roma 1-0 Porto
Ajax 0-2 R Madrid
Spurs 1-1 B Dort
Liverpool 1-1 B Munich
Lyon 1-3 Barcelona
A Madrid 1-2 Juventus
Schalke 1-1 Man City
2nd leg
B Dort 2-1 Spurs
R Madrid 3-0 Ajax
Porto 1-1 Roma
PSG 1-1 Man Utd
Juventus 1-0 A Madrid
Man City 2-0 Schalke
Barcelona 3-0 Lyon
B Munich 2-0 Liverpool
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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 22:55 - Feb 9 with 162 viewsmfb_cufc

12/02/2019 Man U v PSG 1-0
12/02/2019 Roma v FC Porto 2-0
13/02/2019 Ajax v Real Madrid 1-3
13/02/2019 Spurs v Borussia Dortmund 1-2
19/02/2019 Liverpool v Bayern Munich 3-1
19/02/2019 Lyon v Barcelona 0-2
20/02/2019 Atletico Madrid v Juventus 0-1
20/02/2019 FC Shalke 04 v Man City 0-3

mfb

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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 (n/t) on 08:31 - Feb 10 with 146 viewsbasher2010

U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 22:09 - Feb 8 by basher2010

2-0
1-1
0-1
2-2
1-1
0-3
0-1
0-2

2-1
2-0
1-1
2-0
2-1
3-0
3-0
2-1


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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 08:35 - Feb 10 with 142 viewsbasher2010

U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 22:09 - Feb 8 by basher2010

2-0
1-1
0-1
2-2
1-1
0-3
0-1
0-2

2-1
2-0
1-1
2-0
2-1
3-0
3-0
2-1


Amended scores if these work? All others will stay the same!
Lyon 0 barcelona 1
Schalke 0 man city 1
2nd legs
Real madrid 3 ajax 0
Porto 1 roma 2
Juventus 2 athletico madrid 0
Bayern 1 liverpool 1
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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 12:24 - Feb 10 with 135 viewswessex_exile

U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 21:20 - Feb 9 by blueeagle

1st leg
Man Utd 2-1 PSG
Roma 1-0 Porto
Ajax 0-2 R Madrid
Spurs 1-1 B Dort
Liverpool 1-1 B Munich
Lyon 1-3 Barcelona
A Madrid 1-2 Juventus
Schalke 1-1 Man City
2nd leg
B Dort 2-1 Spurs
R Madrid 3-0 Ajax
Porto 1-1 Roma
PSG 1-1 Man Utd
Juventus 1-0 A Madrid
Man City 2-0 Schalke
Barcelona 3-0 Lyon
B Munich 2-0 Liverpool


Morning blueeagle - because ghughes went for 1-0 home wins across the board, you'll have to change your 1-0 for either Roma v FC Porto or Juventus v Atletico Madrid I'm afraid.

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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 12:27 - Feb 10 with 134 viewswessex_exile

U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 08:35 - Feb 10 by basher2010

Amended scores if these work? All others will stay the same!
Lyon 0 barcelona 1
Schalke 0 man city 1
2nd legs
Real madrid 3 ajax 0
Porto 1 roma 2
Juventus 2 athletico madrid 0
Bayern 1 liverpool 1


All good chap!

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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 12:29 - Feb 10 with 133 viewswessex_exile

Groups B and C are all on board for the 1st legs, Group D is just waiting for Colukev. Group A yet to joint the fray...

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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 15:32 - Feb 10 with 124 viewsSector4

First legs
Man utd 2 PSG 1
Roma 2 Porto 0
Ajax 1 real Madrid 3
Spurs 1 Dortmund 2
Liverpool 2 Bayern Munich 0
Lyon 1 Barcelona 1
At Madrid 1 juve 0
Schalke 1 man city 3

Second leg
Dortmund 0 spurs 0
Real Madrid 4 Ajax 0
Porto 1 Roma 2
PSG 2 man utd 0
Juve 2 at Madrid 0
Man city 3 schalke 0
Barcelona 4 Lyon 1
Bayern Munich 2 Liverpool 0
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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 15:16 - Feb 11 with 107 viewsblueeagle

Both games 2-1 home wins. Sorry
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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 20:54 - Feb 11 with 102 viewswessex_exile

U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 15:16 - Feb 11 by blueeagle

Both games 2-1 home wins. Sorry


Sorted :-)

With the first legs less than 24 hours away, a final reminder to sevebalo, oxfcolu and Colukev that your predictions are awaited. Please do keep a close eye on exact matches, as I probably won't be online until I get back from work tomorrow evening.

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U'sual Champions League - Round of 16 on 22:45 - Feb 11 with 96 viewsoxfcolu

First Legs
12/02/2019 Man U v PSG 2-0
12/02/2019 Roma v FC Porto 1-0
13/02/2019 Ajax v Real Madrid 0-2
13/02/2019 Spurs v Borussia Dortmund 1-1
19/02/2019 Liverpool v Bayern Munich 2-1
19/02/2019 Lyon v Barcelona 0-2
20/02/2019 Atletico Madrid v Juventus 0-0
20/02/2019 FC Shalke 04 v Man City 1-2
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