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UEFA Champions League bracket predictions: Experts favor Man City winning it all, but it’s not unanimous

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The UEFA Champions League quarterfinals are underway on Paramount+ with Manchester City defeating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 and Real Madrid downing Liverpool 3-1 on Tuesday as Bayern Munich against Paris Saint-Germain and FC Porto vs. Chelsea prepare for their Wednesday matches.

City are our experts’ overwhelming favorites to take the crown at the end of this edition, but plenty can happen between now and then with so many quality sides still left in the competition and so much to play for with more than a couple finding things tough domestically.

Do you agree that this is one is City’s to throw away, or can you see Bayern defending their title or a surprise from the other side of the draw? See how your predictions measure up to our team’s brackets below. You can download your own bracket and fill it out here.

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Kate Abdo’s bracket

  • Semifinals: Bayern Munich vs. Man City; Real Madrid vs. Chelsea
  • Final: Man City vs. Real Madrid
  • Winner: Man City

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Guillem Balague’s bracket

  • Semifinals: Bayern Munich vs. Man City; Real Madrid vs. Chelsea
  • Final: Man City vs. Real Madrid
  • Winner: Man City

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Jamie Carragher’s bracket

  • Semifinals: Bayern Munich vs. Man City; Liverpool vs. Chelsea
  • Final: Man City vs. Chelsea
  • Winner: Man City

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Roberto Martinez’s bracket

  • Semifinals: PSG vs. Man City; Real Madrid vs. Chelsea
  • Final: Man City vs. Real Madrid
  • Winner: Man City

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Micha Richards’ bracket

  • Semifinals: Bayern Munich vs. Man City; Liverpool vs. Chelsea
  • Final: Bayern Munich vs. Liverpool
  • Winner: Bayern Munich

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Peter Schmeichel’s bracket

  • Semifinals: Bayern Munich vs. Man City; Liverpool vs. Chelsea
  • Final: Bayern Munich vs. Liverpool
  • Winner: Bayern Munich

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Alex Scott’s bracket

  • Semifinals: Bayern Munich vs. Man City; Liverpool vs. Chelsea
  • Final: Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea
  • Winner: Bayern Munich

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Thomas Rongen’s bracket

  • Semifinals: Bayern Munich vs. Man City; Liverpool vs. Chelsea
  • Final: Bayern Munich vs. Liverpool
  • Winner: Bayern Munich
  • Rongen’s take: Bayern Munich won every single game in last season’s competition, netting 43 times in the process, and have been victorious in seven of the eight games they’ve played in this edition — they’re still the team to beat. Jurgen Klopp’s side have recaptured their top in form in Europe but will fall short in the final. Manchester City and Pep Guardiola will fall short again. The Blues look a fearsome prospect under Thomas Tuchel, but it is still to early.

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Fabrizio Romano’s bracket

  • Semifinals: PSG vs. Man City; Real Madrid vs. Chelsea
  • Final: Man City vs. Real Madrid
  • Winner: Man City
  • Romano’s take: Manchester City are the most serious candidate to win the Champions League, in my opinion. They have no problems managing the Premier League, so they can focus on Europe. They’re hungry and they strongly want to win this cup. Pep Guardiola’s mentality will be the key.

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Luis Miguel Echegaray’s bracket

  • Semifinals: PSG vs. Man City; Liverpool vs. Porto
  • Final: Man City vs. Liverpool
  • Winner: Man City

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Jenny Chiu’s bracket

  • Semifinals: Bayern Munich vs. Man City; Liverpool vs. Chelsea
  • Final: Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea
  • Winner: Bayern Munich

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Jonathan Johnson’s bracket

  • Semifinals: PSG vs. Man City; Liverpool vs. Chelsea
  • Final: Man City vs. Liverpool
  • Winner: Man City
  • Johnson’s take: PSG and Man City to advance to the semis, with City going to the final to face Liverpool who overcome Real and Chelsea. I have City to win it all and knock Liverpool out of Europe. 

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James Benge’s bracket

  • Semifinals: Bayern Munich vs. Man City; Liverpool vs. Chelsea
  • Final: Man City vs. Chelsea
  • Winner: Man City
  • Benge’s take: Real Madrid against Liverpool looks to be the tightest of the quarterfinals, one where the revived Reds have a ceiling that is perhaps an iota higher than their Spanish opponents. Their semifinal against Chelsea should provide the fireworks, drama and bonkers moments that are the Premier League’s stock trade while Manchester City taking on Bayern Munich is the real clash of the European titans. Pep Guardiola’s defense ought to be enough to hold out FC Hollywood and set up an all-English affair in Istanbul against Chelsea. On that night there are no tactical experiments from Europe’s best manager, Pep Guardiola deploys his best team (which means Sergio Aguero is on the bench) and eases to a rather comfortable 2-0 victory to end his wait to get his hands back on the European Cup. 

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Roger Gonzalez’s bracket

  • Semifinals: PSG vs. Man City; Liverpool vs. Chelsea
  • Final: PSG vs. Chelsea
  • Winner: PSG
  • Gonzalez’s take: PSG’s form in Ligue 1 may be poor, but they get things going at the right time and conquer Europe with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar leading the way.

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Sandra Herrera’s bracket

  • Semifinals: Bayern Munich vs. Man City; Liverpool vs. Chelsea
  • Final: Bayern Munich vs. Liverpool
  • Winner: Liverpool
  • Herrera’s take: Liverpool retain their impressive Champions League form and carry the momentum all the way through the final. Jurgen Klopp won’t be afraid to make adjustments if necessary and they will lift the trophy once more on another remarkable run from Mohamed Salah. 

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Mike L. Goodman’s bracket

  • Semifinals: Bayern Munich vs. Man City; Liverpool vs. Chelsea
  • Final: Man City vs. Chelsea
  • Winner: Man City

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