EA Sports FIFA 13 Champions League Round of 16 Week 3 Predictions
We're on to the second leg matchups for the Round of 16 and we'll again go through some simulated predictions from FIFA 13.
Of the eight knockout games so far, only two have been correctly predicted and one scoreline was spot on.
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 first set of Round of 16 second-leg matchups.
Manchester United vs. Real Madrid
Manchester United starting lineup: David De Gea; Rafael, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra; Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley; Shinji Kagawa, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs; Robin Van Persie
Real Madrid starting lineup: Diego Lopez; Alvaro Arbeloa, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao; Sami Khedira, Xabi Alonso; Angel Di Maria, Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo; Karim Benzema
Shots (on goal): 6 (6)-6 (3)
Standout performers: Van Persie, Lopez, Carrick
Real Madrid came flying out of the gates to open the scoring within the first 15 minutes.
Manchester United grew into the game from that point on and took over in the second half.
Van Persie inspired the comeback by slotting home a penalty then causing trouble in the box late-on and forcing Essien into an own-goal.
The end result mean it's Manchester United who progress from the clash of the titans in these simulated results.
Borussia Dormtmund vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Borussia Dortmund starting lineup: Roman Weidenfeller; Lukasz Piszczek, Mats Hummes, Neven Subotic, Marcel Schmelzer; Ilkay Gundogan, Sebastian Kehl; Jakub Blaszczykowski, Mario Gotze, Marco Reus; Robert Lewandowski
Shakhtar Donetsk starting lineup: Andriy Pyatov; Dario Srna, Olexandr Kucher, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Razvan Rat; Tomas Hubschman, Fernandinho; Alex Teixeira, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Taison; Luiz Adriano
Shots (on goal): 8 (5)-5 (3)
Standout performers: Gotze, Reus, Mkhitaryan
It was a pretty even an uneventful first half for these sides but they saved all the action for the second half.
Shakhtar struck first through Taison right after the break but Dortmund equalized and ensured progression with a goal in the 90th minute.
Juventus vs. Celtic
Juventus starting lineup: Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini; Stephan Lichsteiner, Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Kwadwo Asamoah; Mirko Vucinic, Alessandro Matri
Celtic starting lineup: Fraser Forster; Adam Matthews, Efe Ambrose, Charlie Mulgrew, Emilio Izaguirre; Kris Commons, Scott Brown, Victor Wanyama, James Forrest; Georgios Samaras, Gary Hooper
Shots (on goal): 8 (4)-10 (4)
Standout performers: Buffon, Pirlo, Bonucci
Juventus struck early and never looked back en route to a comfortable 1-0 victory over Celtic.
Celtic had more shots but were unable to muster any truly dangerous opportunities.
Juventus progress in the end.
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Valencia
Paris Saint-Germain starting lineup: Salvatore Sirigu; Cristophe Jallet, Alex, Mamadou Sakho, Maxwell; Blaise Matuidi, Clement Chantome, Lucas Moura, Javier Pastore; Kevin Gameiro, Jeremy Menez
Valencia starting lineup: Vicente Guaita; Joao Pereira, Ricardo Costa, Victor Ruiz, Aly Cissokho; David Albelda, Dani Parejo; Jonas, Ever Banega, Sofiane Feghouli; Roberto Soldado
Shots (on goal): 7 (5)-8 (5)
Standout performers: Menez, Soldado, Guaita
It was a back-and-forth battle between these two sides.
A goal came early on in each have with Jonas opening the scoring for the visitors and Menez equalizing with a long-range drive.
Given the FIFA simulated results over the two legs it's Valencia who progresses.