EA Sports FIFA 13 Champions League Round of 16 Week 2 Predictions
The second set of Round of 16 matchups begins Tuesday and we'll again go through some simulated predictions from FIFA 13.
If you missed out on last week's simulated predictions check here.
Last week's predictions showed that even the most realistically simulated football game cannot come close to the real thing.
Only one of the four games was predicted accurately in term of the final scoreline. Nevertheless it was an interesting experience and one we'll keep at until the end of the tournament.
Again FIFA 13's Matchday feature will not play a part in the simulations and we'll put out the expected starting lineup for each side(via EASports).
Here's the FIFA 13 predictions for this second set of Round of 16 first-leg matchups. Enjoy!
Porto vs. Malaga
Porto starting lineup: Helton; Danilo, Nicolas Otamendi, Eliaquim Mangala, Alex Sandro; Joao Moutinho, Fernando, Lucho Gonzalez; James Rodriquez, Jackson Martinez, Silvestre Varela
Malaga starting lineup: Willy Caballero; Sergio Sanchez, Weligton, Martin Demichelis, Vitorino Antunes; Jeremy Toulalan, Ignacio Camacho; Joaquin, Isco, Portillo; Javier Saviola
Shots (on goal): 6 (2)-3 (2)
Standout performers: Willy Caballero, Vitorino Atunes, Joaquin
Porto dominated proceedings in the first half with four shots to Malaga's zero.
It was the Spanish side who opened the scoring though after coming alive in the second half.
The game opened up after that goal with both sides creating a number of chances. In the end the away side held on for a vital victory.
Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich
Arsenal starting lineup: Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen; Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey; Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla; Lukas Podolski
Bayern Munich starting lineup: Manuel Neuer; Philippe Lahm, Daniel Van Buyten, Dante, David Alaba; Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger; Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Franck Ribery; Mario Mandzukic
Shots (on goal): 12 (6)-7 (6)
Standout performers: Jack Wilshere, Lukas Podolski, Toni Kroos, Mario Mandzukic
This game had plenty of excitement throughout with Arsenal, interestingly enough, dominating.
After the first half Arsenal had 63 percent possession to Bayern's 37 and 10 shots to Bayern's three.
Munich got off to fast start with a eighth minute strike from Toni Kroos. Arsenal equalized soon after answered back soon after with Laurent Koscielny.
The team's continued to trade goals as the game progressed with the score standing at 2-3 after 60 minutes.
The tale of the day was Arsenal's inefficient defense against Bayern's accurate attack.
AC Milan vs. Barcelona
Milan starting lineup: Christian Abbiati; Ignazio Abate, Cristian Zapata, Philippe Mexes, Mattio De Sciglio; Antonio Nocerino, Riccardo Montolivo, Mathieu Flamini; M'Baye Niang, Stephan El Shaarawy, Kevin Prince-Boateng
Barcelona starting lineup: Victor Valdes; Dani Alves, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba; Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas; Pedro, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta
Shots (on goal): 5 (1)-12 (7)
Standout performers: Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi
As expected Barcelona dominated in all aspects throughout the game and Milan defended stoutly.
The first half was especially incredible as the Blaugrana had 71 percent possession and six shots to Milan's one.
The Italian side livened up a bit in the second half were unable to truly test Victor Valdes. Two goals in the last 10 minutes sealed the victory for Barcelona in the end.
Galatasaray vs. Schalke
Galatasaray starting lineup: Nestor Muslera; Emmanuel Eboue, Semih Kaya, Dany Nounkeu, Albert Riera; Hamit Altintop, Selcuk Inan, Wesley Sneijder, Nourredine Amrabat; Burak Yilmaz, Didier Drogba
Schalke starting lineup: Timo Hildebrand; Marco Hoger, Benedikt Howedes, Joel Matip, Cristian Fuchs; Jermaine Jones, Roman Neustadter; Jefferson Farfan, Julian Draxler, Michel Bastos; Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Shots (on goal): 10 (5)-10 (4)
Standout performers: Wesley Sneijder, Didier Drogba, Jermaine Jones
Schalke stood in the drivers seat at half-time of this encounter. The German side had more possession and a vital away goal.
Galatasary were, however, equal on shots taken and things began to change in the second half.
With Sneijder and INan dictating proceedings and Drogba proving ever troublesome the home side pulled away.