Champions League Semi-Finals Analysis

The Champions League quarterfinals are finally over after some nail-biting matchups. Roma completed the upset of defeating Barcelona 3-0 and advanced on away goals resulting in one of the comebacks of the season. The following match was Juventus vs Real Madrid. Juventus came back after being down by 3 away goals but ultimately lost with the last kick of the fixture, which was a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty. Then Bayern Munich faced off against Sevilla. A classic “David vs. Goliath” match saw Bayern take the win by just one goal. Finally, Liverpool squared off against Manchester City and there was no shortage of goals in this fixture. Following herculean performances from Liverpool’s attack, they obliterated City with a 5-1 aggregate. Now, with Roma, Bayern, Liverpool and Real Madrid in the semifinals, let’s take a look and the draw.

Liverpool vs. Roma

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The first match to be played will be Liverpool vs. Roma. Liverpool stands 3rd in the Premier League and has one of the hottest players of the season in Mohamed Salah. We know that offensively they are a force to be reckoned with but following their matchup against Manchester City we saw a side of Liverpool that we had not seen all season long. They managed to keep a clean sheet against the highest scoring team in the Premier League. Roma, on the other hand, stands 4th in the Serie A and possess great defensive players like Radja Naingolan in midfield and Kostas Manolas in the back line among others. This promises to be an exciting match up between 2 underdog stories that will have fans on the edge of their seats.

Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich

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The 2nd semifinal will showcase Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich. Two European giants that have faced off 24 times in the Champions League and this will be their 25th and 26th time doing so. Bayern has already secured the Bundesliga title and show no signs of fatigue heading into this match. While Bayern is in cruise control Real Madrid has had, up to this point, a stellar 2018. While they still sit in 4th place and 15 points back off the top in La Liga their performances in the Champions league contrast from their domestic struggles. They have won 3 of the last 4 Champions League’s and they look to be on their way to make it 4 out of 5. Cristiano Ronaldo has shrugged off last years struggles in front of goal and has been on fire since the beginning of 2018.

Which teams will feature in the final? Who will lift the most coveted trophy in Europe? Let us know over at The Utility Man!

2018 National League West Division Predictions

The last five years, the Los Angeles Dodgers have played for and won the National West division titles. Expect that streak to continue again in 2018. The National League West division is considered to be the strongest in the National League and perhaps, all of baseball. Four teams out of the five in the NL West could easily compete for the division title or both of the two wildcard spots. That’s how strong and deep this division have in talent. Let’s take a look at why this division is the strongest in all of baseball.

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2018 National League Central Division Predictions

The Chicago Cubs were sluggish in 2017, despite finishing in first place and making it to the NLCS, after winning the World Series vs the Cleveland Indians in 2016. The 2016 Cubs team was very special, they had young players breakout as superstars in Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras. These players will look to bounce back and play more smoothly like how they did in 2016. Let’s look at the team predictions for the NL Central division here at The Utility Man!

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2018 American League West Division Predictions

Before I go into my predictions for the American League West division, the Houston Astros have one of the best all-around teams that I have seen in a long time. I have already chosen that the Astros as the favorites to win the American West, but with a twist. This division, in my opinion, is the toughest because, after the Astros, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland A’s, the Seattle Mariners, and the Texas Rangers all can make it close with the Astros for first place. Here are my predictions on why I think this division is the toughest.

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2018 American League Central Division Predictions

The next division prediction is the American League Central Division. This division is considered to be the weakest of all divisions at the moment. I believe there is a clear winner for the division title and that is the Cleveland Indians. They have won the AL Central division title since 2016. The Indians are expected to win the title once again. I will explain why the AL Central is the weakest division.

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2018 American League East Division Predictions

With the season opener for baseball near, the Houston Astros will be gearing up to defend their first ever World Series title. The Los Angeles Dodgers are determined to get back to the World Series and bring back a World Series title back to LA for the first time in 30 years. Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees, starting pitcher Yu Darvish of the Chicago Cubs and outfielder J.D. Martinez of the Boston Red Sox will begin their first seasons with their teams respectively. I will be writing articles for each division in each of the two leagues. Let’s start with the American League East Division.

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Elite Eight Preview/Predictions: Day 2

Yesterday the Elite Eight began, and it was pretty amazing. Loyola-Chicago had their way with Kansas State and Michigan fought their way to victory against Florida State. These games were awesome and they got us our first game for next Saturday. Today, Texas Tech, Villanova, Kansas, and Duke will see if they can punch their ticket to the Final Four. I don’t think anybody expected Texas Tech and Chris Beard would get this far, but they have and it’s been pretty crazy. Texas Tech would reach the Final Four for the first time in school history if they win today. Villanova and Jay Wright are trying to get back to the Final Four for the second time in three years. Kansas and Bill Self are trying to reach the Final Four for the first time in six years. Duke and Coach K would be going back to the Final Four for the second time in four years. We all know Villanova, Kansas, and Duke as great basketball schools historically. Will Texas Tech be able to handle their competition today? We will find out soon! Yesterday I was .500 with the two Elite Eight games. I’m back to make a few more predictions, let’s see what happens!!

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