Champions League 2014: Predictions, Live Stream for Round of 16 2nd-Leg Fixtures

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Champions League 2014: Predictions, Live Stream for Round of 16 2nd-Leg Fixtures
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The second leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 is about to commence, bringing us yet another week of top-level football from around the continent.

With top contenders like Manchester United and AC Milan struggling domestically and in danger of dropping out of the race for the Old Big Ears as well, this week's list of fixtures will be vital to their seasons.

United aren't the only Premier League team in danger of missing out on qualification for the quarterfinal, as Arsenal and Manchester City will travel to Germany and Spain hoping to overcome heavy losses to perennial favourites Bayern Munich and Barcelona, respectively.

Chelsea will host Turkish side Galatasaray, while United will attempt to come back from a two-goal deficit against Olympiacos.

Live stream info: UEFA have partnered with Sky Sports and ITV Sport to bring you all of the action live on your mobile device. The Sky Go App requires a subscription, while the ITV player can be downloaded directly to your device.

 

Tuesday, March 11

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Atletico Madrid vs. AC Milan (1-0)

Bayern Munich vs. Arsenal (2-0)

 

The hosts will go into both of these ties as heavy favourites, having scored a vital away goal that will count double toward any final result.

Arsenal didn't stand much of a chance against defending champions Bayern, as the Bavarians continue their seemingly unstoppable march toward a second consecutive triple, winning the Bundesliga title, the DFB Pokal and the UCL.

The Gunners played perhaps their best game of the season when they beat Everton at the Emirates on Saturday, but a trip to the Allianz Arena presents a daunting task for anyone.

Shoot Magazine's Daniel Church reports Arsene Wenger has full confidence in his team:

Milan, meanwhile, will have to score at least once at the Vicente Calderon, and with hosts Atletico possessing a potent attack of their own, the Rossoneri's best chance of progressing may come in an uncharacteristic shootout.

Atletico have one of the best young stoppers on the planet in Thibaut Courtois, but anything can happen in the UCL. Scoring early and often might be Milan's best chance of pulling an upset.

Prediction: no surprises here. Milan push for an early goal and Arsenal play with the same swagger we saw against Everton, but Bayern and Atletico advance comfortably.

 

Wednesday, March 12

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Barcelona vs. Manchester City (2-0)

Paris-Saint Germain vs. Bayer Leverkusen (4-0)

 

I'm beginning to sense a pattern here.

Barcelona are coming off their worst loss of the season against relegation-threatened Real Valladolid and need a big win to regain some confidence ahead of their league clash with Real Madrid. Whether this is good or bad for City remains to be seen.

Coming back from a 2-0 deficit is never easy, and City don't exactly have a strong European pedigree. But as Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News put it, Barcelona's recent run of results should give the Citizens some hope:

PSG might somehow be the most underrated team left at this stage of the tournament, and their absolute beatdown of Leverkusen all but guaranteed qualification for the French champions.

Leverkusen will hope to exit this year's tournament with a solid showing and might get a chance should coach Laurent Blanc choose to rest some of his starters, but this tie is over regardless.

Prediction: Barcelona makes everyone forget about their bad run and take care of business comfortably. Leverkusen give PSG an early scare, but the French champions squash any hopes of a comeback before long.

 

Tuesday, March 18

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Chelsea vs. Galatasaray (1-1)

Real Madrid vs. Schalke 04 (6-1)

 

I haven't been kind to the English teams so far, but that might change when the current Premier League leaders host Galatasaray. Chelsea could qualify thanks to a vital away goal, but Mourinho won't be content with a simple 0-0 draw. This is the Blues' chance to show everyone in England they deserve their spot at the top of the EPL table.

Galatasaray have proved to be a difficult opponent for everyone, but they're a lot more daunting when they get to play at the Turk Telecom Arena. Chelsea have the quality to pull this off, but underestimating the Turks would be a big mistake. Just ask Juventus.

Real Madrid have looked better than any of the other teams so far, scoring almost at will with arguably the best group of offensive players on the planet. Who needs defenders when you can score six goals in one game, right?

As shared by ESPN FC, Schalke haven't had the best of runs recently:

Sorry Schalke, but your best hope lies in damage control.

Prediction: Chelsea pull through and come away with a convincing win, Real have themselves another goalfest. The home teams are a perfect 6-0 so far.

 

Wednesday, March 19

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Borussia Dortmund vs. Zenit St. Petersburg (4-2)

Manchester United vs. Olympiacos (0-2)

 

Dortmund rode an excellent start to a comfortable win over Zenit and should finish the job in front of their own fans. The 2013-14 season has not been generous to last year's finalists, with injuries ravaging the squad, but the team might be peaking at the right time.

Zenit will have to hope they can find a way to score without conceding straight after, like they did during the first leg, but scoring three goals at the Signal Iduna Park might be too much to ask.

Olympiacos seemingly haven't skipped a beat since losing their top scorer in Konstantinos Mitroglou and will play their biggest game of the season when they travel to Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney wasn't happy with his team's output during the first leg, according to United Finest:

David Moyes needs a result in the worst way, as the fans simply won't tolerate a bad showing against Olympiacos.

Prediction: Dortmund record a simple victory over Zenit. United conclude their nightmare season with a disappointing outing against Olympiacos, and Moyes can start packing his bags.

 


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