Champions League Fixtures 2014: Schedule and Predictions for Rest of Round of 16

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Champions League Fixtures 2014: Schedule and Predictions for Rest of Round of 16
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It's crunch time in the Champions League as the remaining teams do battle for a place in the quarter-finals. After Arsenal bowed out of the competition following a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena, and Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid reminded everyone why they will be a tricky opponent to face, we turn our attention to the remaining round of 16 ties.

With the stakes rising, let's take a look at the round of 16 second-leg ties that still need to be played, including predictions and an in-depth scour through the matches you don't want to miss.

Champions League Round of 16: Remaining Fixtures
Fixture Date Time (GMT) Time (ET) Prediction
Barcelona vs. Manchester City March 12 7:45 p.m. 3:45 p.m. 2-2 (4-2 on agg.)
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Bayer Leverkusen March 12 7:45 p.m 3:45 p.m. 3-0 (7-0 on agg.)
Chelsea vs. Galatasaray March 18 7:45 p.m 3:45 p.m. 2-0 (3-1 on agg.)
Real Madrid vs. Schalke March 18 7:45 p.m 3:45 p.m. 4-0 (10-1 on agg.)
Borussia Dortmund vs. Zenit Saint Petersburg March 19 7:45 p.m 3:45 p.m. 2-0 (6-2 on agg.)
Manchester United vs. Olympiakos March 19 7:45 p.m 3:45 p.m. 2-1 (2-3 on agg.)

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Round of 16 Second-legs You Don't Want to Miss

Barcelona vs. Manchester City

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Manuel Pellegrini may still feel aggrieved by the first-leg decision that turned this tie on its head. Martin Demichelis' sliding foul on Lionel Messi appeared outside the area but a penalty was awarded at a crucial moment in the second half.

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Although Demichelis deserved red for his last-ditch lunge, the spot-kick was an unlucky turn of events for the Etihad club. Barcelona enjoyed plenty of possession before this moment and were in control, with City limited to lofting balls into the box, but Gerardo Martino's men took advantage of Demichelis' dismissal.

Dani Alves' goal right at the death has made this far more difficult for the English side. They must score at least two at the Camp Nou to have any chance of making it into the hat for the next draw. With players such as Messi, Neymar, Alexis Sanchez and Pedro lurking, one home goal may be enough for Barca to advance.

This will be frantic, nervy and balanced on a knife edge until the local support have a strike to celebrate.

 

Chelsea vs. Galatasaray

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Roberto Mancini will be more than pleased with his team's first-leg performance against Chelsea. Despite conceding early and looking a complete shambles until the Italian manager altered an ambitious 4-2-4 formation, the Turkish side were more than a match for the current Premier League leaders.

Gala became compact and difficult to break down in the middle, with real threat lurking further up the pitch. Wesley Sneijder and Stamford Bridge legend Didier Drogba ensure Mancini's men are always within a chance of progressing, but Jose Mourinho is formidable at home, per OptaJoe:

The fact Chelsea only netted a solitary away goal could have a huge say in the overall result. Should Galatasaray score early, the home team will be forced to attack whenever possible, a strategy that could leave them open to further punishment.

Even if the Blues notch first, Galatasaray don't need to feel disheartened. Mancini must conquer the tactical battle if they are to remain in the contest, something he has already proven possible with a bit of tinkering during the match.

 

Manchester United vs. Olympiacos

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It's safe to say Manchester United must go some if they are to perform less spectacularly than their first-leg against Olympiacos. Despite the torrid season endured by David Moyes, this was undoubtedly the low point, a statement supported by Robbie Savage of BBC Sport:

Some players let the shirt down against Olympiakos - no question. The performance was desperately poor. It is a good job they were not playing Barcelona or Bayern Munich because the result could have been a lot worse.

Similar to Galatasaray, Michel's men were well organised and ready to battle against a supposedly superior team.

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The Greek side's enthusiasm appeared infectious to the home players, summarised by a fantastic solo goal from Joel Campbell. The on-loan Arsenal star knows many will watch his every move during the next tie, suggesting there is a little extra pressure on him as an individual.

United will look to blitz through their opponents with attacking force at Old Trafford. Juan Mata's ineligibility is a huge blow to the side, but Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Adnan Januzaj possess enough quality to claw back the two-goal deficit.

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It's going to be extremely difficult, there's no doubt about that. United will need four goals on the night if Olympiacos net one, meaning Moyes' side simply cannot afford to have their defence penetrated.

Can the manager inspire the kind of comeback that made Sir Alex Ferguson such a legend at the Theatre of Dreams? As ever in these competitions, United's lack of away goal is likely to be fatal.

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