[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
(21 goals) and Frank Lampard
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
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