Champions League Fixtures 2014: Live Stream Info and Quarter-Final Predictions

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 29:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid FC celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Rayo Vallecano de Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on March 29, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Four games are all that separate this year's eight remaining Champions League contenders from the May 24 final in Lisbon.

Each team left in the competition was a group winner back in December, an indication of the quality on offer as the quarter-finals arrive, and a first per ESPN FC:

Tuesday and Wednesday see all four first legs take place, with Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG all looking to make use of home advantage. 

Read on for a full fixture list as well as live streaming information and first-leg predictions.

Champions League 2014: Quarter-Final First-Leg Fixtures
DateTimeFixtureLive Stream InfoPrediction
April 17.45pm BST, 2.45pm ETBarcelona vs. Atletico MadridSky Go app2-1
April 17.45pm BST, 2.45pm ETManchester United vs. Bayern MunichITV Player1-2
April 27.45pm BST, 2.45pm ETParis St-Germain vs. ChelseaSky Go app2-2
April 27.45pm BST, 2.45pm ETReal Madrid vs. Borussia DortmundSky Go app3-1
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Access Sky Go here and ITV Player here.

 

Moyes Faces Biggest Challenge Yet

Jon Super

Manchester United host reigning European champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening and, in terms of the quality of the opposition, it marks perhaps the biggest challenge of David Moyes' entire career.

The former Everton boss has not fared well against big sides in the Premier League this season, the Red Devils having endured heavy losses to Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.

However, Moyes has done better in the Champions League. The 2-0 last-16 first-leg defeat to Olympiakos aside, United have had good results in Europe, including two thrashings of Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in the group stages.

But Pep Guardiola's Bayern outfit present a formidable challenge. Last week saw them wrap up the Bundesliga title with seven games to spare, per BBC Sport.

Their only loss in Europe this season came against Manchester City in the group stages when the German side had already safely qualified. 

Meanwhile, United are seventh in the Premier League and will not qualify for the Champions League next season unless they can somehow win the competition. The two teams are seemingly worlds apart:

Despite the perceived gap in quality, Old Trafford veteran Ryan Giggs believes his colleagues can claim victory in Tuesday's match, as reported by Sky Sports:

As players we don't see ourselves as underdogs, we see ourselves as Man Utd playing at home in the Champions League and we can't wait.

These are the games that you want to be involved in as a player and we will go out there and try and win the game. It is going to be tough but it usually is in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and we are confident.

United will be without Robin van Persie, whose hat-trick propelled them to victory in the last 16.

However, the Red Devils arguably meet Guardiola's men at a good time after Bayern's 16-game winning streak came to an end as they drew 3-3 with Hoffenheim at home.

Jon Super

Moyes' side will need to take a lead to the Allianz Arena if they are to have any chance of making it through to the semi-finals.

But with the tremendous strength and depth in the Bayern squad, it seems highly unlikely that United will claim a victory.

 

Madrid Out for Revenge

Andres Kudacki

Real Madrid were dumped out of the Champions League last season in a 4-3 aggregate loss to Borussia Dortmund at the semi-final stage. 

The two sides meet again in this year's quarter-finals and, as Carlo Ancelotti's side stutter in the La Liga title race, Madrid will have extra motivation to atone for the mistakes of last term.

Jurgen Klopp's Dortmund have already lost the league to Bayern Munich and will thus be looking for a good showing in Europe.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  (L-R) Neven Subotic, Lukasz Piszczek and Nuri Sahin of Borussia Dortmund look on as Marco Reus is consoled by Head Coach Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund in defeat after the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Do
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However, Dortmund have not been quite the same side this term, while Madrid have eased through this year's Champions League have yet to lose in the competition.

Madrid come into the game in stuttering league form having lost two of their last three games domestically. But they did defeat Rayo Vallecano 5-0 last time out and Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to put himself into the Champions League record books, per ESPN:

Madrid will likely have the power to overcome last year's beaten finalists, especially as Wednesday's game is being played at the Bernabeu.

A convincing win over Dortmund could reignite their season as they attempt to move one step closer to that elusive 10th European title. 

And after last year's ignominy, Madrid have the ultimate motivation to put one over on the German side.