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Liverpool-Chelsea, Round 5
by Paul Kennedy, April 8th, 2009 7AM

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[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Liverpool and Chelsea meet for the fifth time in the Champions League in the last five years when they open their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal series Wednesday at Anfield. Reeling from its 5-1 loss in the Bundesliga on Saturday, Bayern Munich traveled to Barcelona without its two central defenders.

LIVERPOOL-CHELSEA (TV: ESPN2, ESPN360.com, live, 2:30 pm ET)

PROBABLE LINEUPS.
Liverpool -- 25-Pepe Reina; 17-Alvaro Arbeloa, 23-Jamie Carragher, 37-Martin Skrtel, 22-Emiliano Insua; 14-Xabi Alonso, 20-Javier Mascherano; 18-Dirk Kuyt, 8-Steven Gerrard, 11-Albert Riera; 9-Fernando Torres.
Chelsea -- 1-Petr Cech; 2-Branislav Ivanovic, 33-Alex, 26-John Terry, 3-Ashley Cole; 5-Michael Essien, 12-John Obi Mikel, 13-Michael Ballack, 8-Frank Lampard; 11-Didier Drogba, 39-Nicolas Anelka.

Liverpool and Chelsea meet for the fifth year in a row in the Champions League, and if the other series are any indication, the Anfield clash should be a tight game. None of the other eight games was decided by more than one goal.

Both teams have outstanding scoring tandems.

Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, who have combined for 32 goals this season. Gerrard, who has 21 goals, was declared fit after injuring his groin in Saturday's 1-0 win over Fulham.

Chelsea will counter with Nicolas Anelka (21 goals) and Frank Lampard (16).

Didier Drogba, whose goal knocked out Liverpool in last year's Champions League, was declared fit after testing his injured ankle.

BARCELONA-BAYERN MUNICH (TV: ESPN Deportes, Setanta Sports USA, ESPN360.com, 2:30 pm ET)

Bayern Munich is hardly in any shape to face Barca at the Nou Camp, having fallen to Wolfsburg, 5-1, on Saturday.

It will also be without its two central defenders, Belgian Daniel van Buyten and Brazilian Lucio. Van Buyten was back in Belgium to be with his ill father, while Lucio was injured in the Wolfsburg game.

Argentine Martin Demichelis and 19-year-old Brazilian Breno will take their place.

Bayern will also be without striker Miroslav Klose, who has seven goals in eight matches.

Barcelona, which leads La Liga by six points, should be at full strength for Wednesday's game.

PROBABLE LINEUPS.
Barcelona -- 1-Victor Valdes; 20-Daniel Alves, 4-Rafael Marquez, 3-Gerard Pique, 5-Carles Puyol; 6-Xavi, 15-Seydou Keita, 8-Andres Iniesta; 10-Lionel Messi, 9-Samuel Eto'o, 14-Thierry Henry.
Bayern Munich -- 1-Michael Rensing; 23-Massimo Oddo, 6-Martin Demichelis, 3-Breno, 21-Philipp Lahm; 31-Bastian Schweinsteiger, 15-Ze Roberto, 17-Mark van Bommel, 7-Franck Ribery; 9-Luca Toni, 11-Lukas Podolski



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