The Champions League gets increasingly serious this week as four of the big round of 16 knockout ties come to their conclusion.
After their first-leg defeats, English teams Manchester City and Arsenal travel away from home to face the might of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, respectively. Both teams trail 2-0 and face mountainous tasks to qualify.
French club Paris Saint-Germain look to finish off the job as they play Bayer Leverkusen, who they defeated 4-0 in the first leg. PSG look certain to cruise through.
Atletico Madrid also have the advantage in front of their home fans after they beat Italian giants AC Milan, 1-0, to secure a vital away goal in the San Siro.
Here is a list of all the fixtures with information on how to watch all of the matches:
|Fixture||Date||Time (GMT)||Time (ET)||Stream/TV|
|Bayern Munich v Arsenal||March 11||7:45 p.m||3:45 p.m.||ITV / ITV HD / tvguide.co.uk (all U.K. only) / Fox Soccer 2 Go (U.S. only)|
|Atletico Madrid v AC Milan||March 11||7:45 p.m||3:45 p.m.||Sky Sports 1 and HD / Sky Go (all U.K. only) / Fox Soccer 2 Go (U.S. only)|
|Barcelona v Manchester City||March 12||7:45 p.m.||3:45 p.m.||Sky Sports 1 and HD / Sky Go (all U.K. only) / Fox Soccer 2 Go (U.S. only)|
|Paris Saint-Germain v Bayer Leverkusen||March 12||7:45 p.m||3:45 p.m.||Sky 1 and HD / Sky Sports 4 and HD / Sky Go (all U.K. only) / Fox Soccer 2 Go (U.S. only)|
Bayern Munich v Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would have been disappointed not to keep the scoreline closer at the Emirates in the first leg of this tie, but after his team's FA Cup win at the weekend, he is in buoyant mood ahead of the trip to Bavaria.
He said, per Phil McNulty of BBC Sport:
It was important for us to win to put us in a good frame of mind psychologically. We can be inspired by our focus and desire and now go to Bayern with the same spirit. The statistics go against us, but let's make sure the performance goes for us and then we have a chance.
Wenger was articulate in his feelings after his team were defeated a fortnight ago in his post-match interview, explaining how he felt the match slipped away from Arsenal:
Arsenal's task of beating a Munich team in tremendous form seems almost impossible. John Cross of The Mirror was clear on his thoughts of how the tie stands:
On flight to Munich. Arsenal need another miracle. Can't see Bayern obliging this time. Wenger talking later. Shall I bring back the umlaut?— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) March 10, 2014
Arsenal will be without Wojciech Szczesny after his sending off in the first leg of this tie, but Laurent Koscielny should return after missing out at the weekend, as reported by WhoScored.com.
Franck Ribery completed the full 90 minutes in the 6-1 win over Wolfsburg at the weekend and should start against the Gunners, but Mario Gotze is carrying a knock and is a doubt, per WhoScored.com.
Arsenal have a slim chance of winning the match, but to progress is now a tall order after a disappointing home leg. It seems unlikely that Bayern will not score during the game and, with their away goals in the bag, are overwhelming favourites to proceed.
Arsenal will be looking toward record signing Mesut Ozil to shine in his homeland after a run of disappointing form in the Premier League. He appeared to be more comfortable this past weekend against Everton in the FA Cup, and Wenger will be hoping he can inspire a miraculous comeback.
Barcelona v Manchester City:
Like Arsenal, Manchester City gave a two-goal advantage to their opponents in the first leg and will struggle to make their way through to the next round, as they travel to the Camp Nou in Spain.
But it is not all doom and gloom for the Sky Blues. Rob Dawson of The Manchester Evening News explained why City can take some confidence into the game. He tweeted:
Glimmer of hope for Man City in the Nou Camp. Barcelona have lost 2 out of 3 since win at Etihad Stadium. Lost 1-0 at Valladolid yesterday.— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) March 9, 2014
City manager Manuel Pellegrini is suspended for the match after criticising the referee in the previous leg and will serve a two-game touchline ban, per BBC Sport.
Pellegrini was cutting in his post-match interview after the Barcelona game, but he later apologised for his remarks, as reported by BBC Sport:
City have been free scoring this season, but much of that has come at home.
They have been unable to win on seven occasions away from home in the Premier League this season, per Squawka, and look a different team away from Eastlands.
After being knocked out of the FA Cup by lower division Wigan Athletic on Sunday, a trip to the Camp Nou is quite possibly the last thing they will want.
Will Manchester City knock Barcelona out of the Champions League?
Barcelona are comfortable favourites and will be looking to put the tie beyond City's reach.
Martin Demichelis is suspended after being sent off in the first leg, and Matija Nastasic and Stevan Jovetic are both doubts, per WhoScored.com.
For Barcelona, Andres Iniesta missed the weekend game due to a family bereavement and is expected to sit this one out. Isaac Cuenca and Jonathan dos Santos are both injured, as reported by WhoScored.com.