Champions League 2014: Guide to Man United vs. Olympiakos, Dortmund vs. Zenit

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Champions League 2014: Guide to Man United vs. Olympiakos, Dortmund vs. Zenit
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Borussia Dortmund host Zenit St. Petersburg while Manchester United take on Olympiakos for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Both Zenit and United must overturn two-goal deficits, after Dortmund's 4-2 win in Russia, and the Greeks' 2-0 triumph over David Moyes' beleaguered side.

Champions League Round of 16: Fixtures, TV Info and Live Stream
Date Time (GMT) Time (ET) Fixture TV Info Live Stream
March 19 7:45 p.m. 3:45 p.m. Borussia Dortmund v Zenit St Petersburg Sky Sports 4 / Sky Sports 4 HD Sky Go (UK only) / Fox Sport (US only)
March 19 7:45 p.m. 3:45 p.m. Manchester United v Olympiakos Sky 1 / Sky 1 HD / Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD Sky Go (UK only) / Fox Sport (US only)

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Borussia Dortmund vs. Zenit St. Petersburg

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The German outfit secured a 4-2 victory in the first leg thanks to goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Reus and two strikes from Robert Lewandowski.

Now, back at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund have the chance to make home advantage count as they look for a place in the quarter-finals.

But to do that, they will need to return to winning ways on home turf, after losing 2-1 against Borussia Monchengladbach last time out.

Zenit have a new manager in Andre Villas-Boas, but he won't be directly involved in proceedings as he formally takes up his position after the match, per the Daily Mail's Adam Shergold.

Oleg Shatov and Hulk scored the goals to keep their side in with a chance of making the quarter-finals. However, a tall order remains as the Russian outfit will need to either win by three goals, or replicate Dortmund's 4-2 win in order to stand a chance of progressing.

Per Goal.com, both sides will be without key men for the match in Germany:

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According to The Independent's Joe Lamb, this is just the second time the two sides have faced each other competitively as Dortmund chase their second Champions League quarter-final in as many years.

Jurgen Klopp's men reached last year's final, only to be defeated by Bayern Munich at Wembley Stadium.

 

Manchester United vs. Olympiakos

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Manchester United boss David Moyes needs to steer his side into the quarter-finals in order to fend off more questions over his job, after his side's 3-0 league defeat against Liverpool.

The Reds ran rampant at Old Trafford in the club's last fixture, but it is the Red Devils chasing such a scoreline on Wednesday night.

Goals from Alejandro Dominguez and Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell helped the Greeks to victory in the first leg. But United have produced many a famous night on home soil over the past two decades, so Moyes will hope for another.

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The Scot will need to ask more from this strike force. Wayne Rooney and Antonio Valencia currently top the club's scoring charts in the Champions League with just two each in this competition, per WhoScored.com.

More will be needed from Robin van Persie, too, who completed just 12 of 21 passes during the game in Greece, according to BBC Sport's Mike Henson.

Speaking to MUTV, via Nick Coppack of the club's official website, Rooney showed his frustrations at the manner in which United were defeated by Liverpool:

It’s one of the worst days I’ve ever had in football. It's hard to take. You have to give Liverpool credit – they played well – but it’s difficult to take. Nobody wants to lose, especially in this way, in your own stadium. It’s not nice.

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Olympiakos have shown impressive form of late, winning four of their last six and unbeaten in those matches, per Statto.com.

A place in the quarter-finals awaits two of these sides, joining already-qualified Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

The draw will be streamed live on Friday, according to UEFA.com.

 

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