Champions League 2014: Predictions, Key Stats and Fixture Info for Last-16 Games

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Champions League 2014: Predictions, Key Stats and Fixture Info for Last-16 Games
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The quarter-final lineup of the Champions League will be decided in the next couple days as the round of 16 comes to a close.

This week sees four European giants involved as Real Madrid, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United bid for a place in the last eight. 

The games will be played over Tuesday and Wednesday. Here is a table of all of the remaining fixtures and a prediction of the results:

Champions League round of 16 fixtures and predictions
Fixtures Date Time (GMT) Time (ET) First leg scores Second leg prediction TV info
Real Madrid v Schalke March 18 7:45 p.m. 3:45 p.m. 6-1 3-0 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
Chelsea v Galatasaray March 18 7:45 p.m. 3:45 p.m. 1-1 3-1 ITV / ITV HD
Borussia Dortmund v Zenit St Petersburg March 19 7:45 p.m. 3:45 p.m. 4-2 2-0 Sky Sports 4 / Sky Sports 4 HD
Manchester United v Olympiakos March 19 7:45 p.m. 3:45 p.m. 0-2 3-1 Sky 1 / Sky 1 HD / Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD

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Chelsea v Galatasaray

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Chelsea face Didier Drogba's Galatasaray in club football's romantic reunion of the year on Tuesday. Blues hero Drogba will receive a rapturous welcome as he returns to the ground that is his spiritual home. 

The first leg of this tie was drawn 1-1, so Galatasaray and Drogba will arrive in West London looking for goals.

Jaime Reid of UEFA.com quoted Mourinho on his thoughts on Drogba's return and the potential threat of Wesley Sneijder to his team:

[Drogba] is one of the most important players in Chelsea's history. There is no doubt about that and it's something all Chelsea supporters would agree on. Is he at the same level as he was at 26? Nobody is, but he is one of the best strikers in the world. Tomorrow is a big game but I am not feeling any pressure. Sneijder is one of the best in his position in the world. It is as simple as that.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in the Blues' last three Champions League games, per WhoScored.com, suggesting this could be a low-scoring affair. Chelsea have the away goal, and Mourinho's first priority will be attaining a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge.

Despite Mourinho's pragmatism, the Blues will want to put their defeat to Aston Villa from Saturday behind them and will likely take their frustration out on Gala. 

Drogba could give John Terry and Co. a difficult evening, but the Chelsea defenders know his weaknesses as much as they know his strengths. 

Chelsea should be comfortable in victory on the night and progress to the next round. 

Prediction: 3-1 to Chelsea

 

Real Madrid v Schalke

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Real Madrid executed a vulgar display of power in Germany when they destroyed Schalke to all but progress to the quarter-finals.

With the quality of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, supported by a brilliant cast of players, Madrid left the Gelsenkirchen club with little reply to their magnificence, running out 6-1 winners.

The second leg might offer Madrid the chance to rest some of their stars as they look to push on in the race for the La Liga title, although Ronaldo is expected to play.

WhoScored.com shows Madrid have scored at least two goals in their last eight Champions League matches, which doesn't bode well for Schalke, who already begin the night needing to score six. 

With Madrid's goal-scoring record and the destruction they unleashed in Germany, this result can only end in yet another victory for the Spanish kings. 

Prediction: 3-0 to Madrid

 

Borussia Dortmund v Zenit St Petersburg

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Like Madrid, Borussia Dortmund have one foot already in the next round after beating Zenit St Petersburg 4-2 away from home in the first leg.

But with the teams only separated by two goals, the Russians have the slimmest of chances still to progress if they can pull off a shock win by three goals. 

BVB have an extensive injury list with Neven Subotic, Ilkay Gundogan, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Sven Bender and Jannik Bandowksi all out, per WhoScored.com.

Zenit will be encouraged by this fact, but former Arsenal man Andrey Arshavin is also doubtful for the trip to Germany.

Dortmund have scored at least twice in five of their last six Champions League games, and if they do this again against Zenit, they will cruise into the last eight. 

Prediction: 2-0 to Dortmund

 

Manchester United v Olympiakos

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David Moyes' men made a huge mess of the first leg in Greece, being stung by Olympiakos and losing the tie 2-0. It was one of the Red Devils' worst performances of the season, and they now sit on the verge of elimination. 

United need to win the tie by three clear goals and stop the Greek side from scoring at Old Trafford.

Juan Mata is unavailable due to his ineligibility, and Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are still recovering from knocks, per WhoScored.com.

United's last five Champions League games have been low-scoring affairs with less than 2.5 goals being scored per match, per WhoScored.com.

If this is the case on Wednesday night, it will be Olympiakos who will be achieving the shock of the round as they make it to the heady heights of the quarter-finals. 

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United will go for it on Wednesday, but their damaged defence will likely not be able to keep a clean sheet.

Their stellar attack of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney should see the Reds come close, but ultimately one away goal will be enough for the Greeks.

Prediction: 3-1 to Manchester United

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