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Champions League Bracket 2013-14: Fixtures and Predictions for Round of 16

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Champions League Bracket 2013-14: Fixtures and Predictions for Round of 16
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With the UEFA Champions League group stage complete, the Round of 16 is on the horizon as a handful of top-flight clubs prepare for the knockout stage.

Monday's draw set the stage for several intriguing matchups, but only two stand out above all the rest. 

Manchester City vs. Barcelona and Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich are both guaranteed to produce plenty of fireworks. What's more, two contenders are sure to be heading home before the quarterfinal draw in March as a result.

With the Round of 16 matchups set, here we'll take a closer look at the upcoming fixtures as well as my early predictions for which eight squads will advance to the next round.

Champions League Round of 16 Fixtures
Date Home Away Location
Feb. 18 Bayer Leverkusen Paris Saint-Germain BayArena
Feb. 18 Manchester City Barcelona Etihad Stadium
Feb. 19 AC Milan Atletico Madrid San Siro
Feb. 19 Arsenal Bayern Munich Emirates Stadium
Feb. 25 Zenit St. Petersburg Borussia Dortmund Petrovski Stadium
Feb. 25 Olympiakos Manchester United Karaiskakis Stadium
Feb. 26 Galatasaray Chelsea Turk Telekom Arena
Feb. 26 Schalke 04 Real Madrid Veltins Arena
March 11 Atletico Madrid AC Milan Vicente Calderon
March 11 Bayern Munich Arsenal Allianz Arena
March 12 Barcelona Manchester City Camp Nou
March 12 Paris Saint-Germain Bayer Leverkusen Parc des Princes
March 18 Chelsea Galatasaray Stamford Bridge
March 18 Real Madrid Schalke 04 Santiago Bernabeu
March 19 Borussia Dortmund Zenit St. Petersburg Signal Iduna Park
March 19 Manchester United Olympiakos Old Trafford

UEFA.com

Round of 16 Predictions
Winner Loser Aggregate
Paris Saint-Germain Bayer Leverkusen 7-3
Barcelona Manchester City 6-5
Atletico Madrid AC Milan 4-1
Bayern Munich Arsenal 5-4
Borussia Dortmund Zenit St. Petersburg 5-2
Manchester United Olympiakos 5-3
Chelsea Galatasaray 3-2
Real Madrid Schalke 04 6-2

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Barcelona Over Manchester City

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While Manchester City have been one of the world's most explosive squads this season, the Citizens are sure to cool off against Barcelona, who are renowned for their ability to dominate possession and dictate tempo regardless of where they play.

Plus, with Lionel Messi set to return to the lineup early next year, Barca boast the firepower to finish in the final third and expose City's many flaws at the back.

Watch for Barca to dominate the ball, create high-percentage scoring chances and neutralize City's attack in both legs en route to another quarterfinal berth. Neymar is the X-factor for the reigning Spanish champions, and assuming he continues to take on a larger role, Gerardo Martino's squad is sure to be marching on to the last eight.

 

Bayern Munich Over Arsenal

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In what's sure to be another thrilling and hard-fought matchup, Bayern Munich will battle Arsenal, who have been surprising thus far as the Premier League leaders through 16 matches.

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But while the Gunners have played well over the first few months of the season, capitalizing on their chances and playing sound in front of goal, they lack the weapons Bayern boast. The reigning Champions League winners possess a wealth of individual talent, especially up front where Arsenal are lacking. 

With FIFA Ballon d'Or finalist Franck Ribery leading the way, Bayern will likely be too explosive for Arsenal, who will be at a disadvantage playing the all-important second leg on the road in Munich. 

Advancing certainly won't be easy for the German giants, but Arsenal's loss to Napoli, which cost them the top spot in Group F, is likely to haunt them until next year.

 

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