Champions League last 16 second leg previews March 13 and 14th
The Champions League returns this week with the remaining four last-16 ties set to be decided on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Here are the games taking place in midweek:
The first leg at the Sanchez Pizjuan finished goalless after a superb goalkeeping display from United goalkeeper David De Gea.
The Red Devils will be highly confident of advancing through to the next stage, as Jose Mourinho’s side have now won five of their last seven games in the Champions League, suffering just one defeat in the process. United are also 12 games unbeaten on home soil in this competition, having won ten games. The Red Devils are big favourites to gain the victory needed to progress.
Sevilla have drawn their last three games in Europe’s elite competition. However, the Andalucian’s have lost just one of their last nine games in the Champions League. The Spanish side have a poor recent away record in this competition, winning just two of their last 14 games on their travels.
The last 16 tie between these two teams is evenly balanced after a 2-1 win for Shakhtar in the first leg.
Roma heads into this game with a poor recent record in the Champions League, having won just three of their last 13 games in Europe’s elite competition. The Giallorossi have also won just three of their last ten Champions League games at the Stadio Olimpico.
Shakhtar have won four of their last five Champions League games, scoring at least two goals in each of the victories. The visitors have also beaten Roma in their last four meetings in all competitions. One major minus for the home side is their recent away form in this competition, as they have suffered six defeats from their last seven away games. Paulo Fonseca’s side have also conceded at least two goals in five of their last seven away games in Champions League.
The first leg of this tie finished 1-1 at the Nou Camp. The visitors have the advantage of the away goal and a fine home record.
The Blaugrana are unbeaten in their last eight European games, although four of those games have finished in draws. The Catalan giants have an incredible home record in this competition, as they have won 18 of their last 19 Champions League games at the Nou Camp.
Chelsea have endured mixed fortunes of late and that is reflected in their recent Champions League record, as the Blues have won just one of their last five European games. The visitors have also won just three of their last eight away games in the Champions League. Antonio Conte’s men face an uphill struggle putting that record straight in this clash.
Bayern recorded a 5-0 first leg victory over the Turkish side in the first leg, so the German giants are as good as through to the last eight.
However, Senol Gunes’ team will at least want to win the second leg of the tie. Besiktas cannot be written off winning this game anyway, as they are on a run of eight games unbeaten at the Vodafone Stadium in the Champions League, although six of those unbeaten games have finished all square.
Bayern have a good record in this competition, having won nine of their last 12 outings in Europe’s elite competition, including their last five matches. The Bavarians have also been lethal in front of goal in this competition, scoring at least twice in their last five outings. However, the visitors have not been as formidable on their travels, as they won just three of their last six European games on the road.
Who will progress to the last eight of the Champions League?