Manchester United vs Sevilla – Tuesday, 13th March
11:00 GMT – Training 🏃♂️
14:00 GMT – Press conference 🗣
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 12, 2018
Manchester United managed to hold Sevilla to a goalless draw in the first leg of this match and are now in a strong position to make the most of their home advantage in this second leg.
Since the first leg United have won three games in a row, including games against Liverpool and Chelsea. The third win was an impressive comeback from two goals down against the spirited Crystal Palace. The three results are sure to have raised the team’s confidence ahead of this crucial game.
Three games, three wins – the perfect weekend! 😎
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 11, 2018
Sevilla have fared less well since the first leg. This weekend they lost 0 – 2 at home to Valencia, their second defeat in the space of four games. Furthermore, the team is generally poor in away games, even by the standards of the La Liga.
This is the first time that Manchester United has been in the Champions League round of sixteen since the 2013/14 season. As a result, they may be feeling some extra pressure and they will also be aware that any away goals that Sevilla manage could prove to be fatal to their chances of progression.
Sevilla have never reached the Champions League quarterfinals and this is sure to be on their minds when they take to the field. Furthermore, the team has never won a match in England (D3 L3).
Manchester United may be without Paul Pogba for this game. He was left out of Saturday’s team against Liverpool after picking up an injury in training on Friday. So far United boss Jose Mourinho has given no indication as to whether he will be back for Tuesday but the team seemed to manage fine without him.
Sevilla are without Jesus Navas after it was confirmed last week that he still has a calf injury. He picked up the injury on February 25 in the match against Atletico Madrid. It was widely expected that he would be fit for this match but at present, there is no news on when he will return to the field.
It is looking increasingly unlikely that Sevilla will qualify for next season’s Champions League. This will bring even more pressure to the team, especially after the weekend’s results. Therefore, it is really no surprise that Manchester United are 8/13 favourites to win while the odds on Sevilla are 9/2. However, it may not be a runaway result for United with the shortest odds in the correct score markets being 9/2 on a 1 – 0 win.
Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk – Tuesday, 13th March
Shakhtar Donetsk won the first leg of this match 2 – 1 in the Ukraine meaning that Roma know that a 1 – 0 win will be enough to take them through to the next round. However, Shakhtar Donetsk will be equally determined to defend their lead and reach the quarterfinals.
— AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) March 11, 2018
Both teams won their weekend matches, Roma beating Torino 3 – 0 and Shakhtar Donetsk defeating Vorskla Poltava 3 – 0. As a result, confidence should be high in both camps ahead of this match. Roma also enjoyed a recently victory against Napoli and will also be boosted by the knowledge that they are yet to concede a goal at home in the Champions League. Shakhtar Donetsk are coming to this game after a five match winning streak and are also sure to be feeling confident.
Roma’s boss Eusebio Di Francesco knows that his team will have to work very hard to overcome their determined opposition. Speaking after the first leg he said, “Shakhtar are a great side. We’ll do everything to turn this around, but it’ll be very difficult”.
Conversely, Shakhtar’s coach Paulo Fonseca seemed to be full of confidence after the first leg. He praised his team’s performance and said that they would have won by a bigger margin if it wasn’t for a “brilliant display from Roma’s keeper.”
Furthermore, Fonseca knows that Shakhtar have won four of their five competitive matches against Roma, all in the Champions League. He will also know that Roma have been eliminated from all four Champions League knockout ties in which they have lost the first leg.
In fact, the last time that the Ukrainian side reached the Champions League quarterfinals was in the 2010/11 season when they beat Roma 6 – 2 on aggregate in the round of 16. Roma hasn’t reached the Champions Leagues quarterfinals in a decade, since they lost to Manchester United in the 2007/8 season.
All of this suggests that the match is going to be fiercely fought and could be very close indeed. Roma is the favourite to win with odds of 13/20 while the odds on Shakhtar Donetsk are 15/4 and a draw is at 3/1. However, as was seen in Tottenham Hotspur vs Juventus last week, nothing is guaranteed at this level of the game and Roma may fail to win. All in all, this looks to be a very exciting night.
Besiktas vs Bayern Munich – Wednesday, 14th March
Bayern Munich made the most of their home advantage in the first leg of this match to win 5 – 0 and go into this second leg virtually guaranteed of a place in the quarterfinals.
Besiktas do have the home advantage in this game and will be looking to restore some pride in front of their home crowd. Over the weekend they defeated Genclerbirligi and the week before they enjoyed an away victory over Trabzonspor, so they should have recovered some confidence since the disastrous first leg of this game.
#BeşiktaşMogaz Takımımız, 13 Mart Salı günü saat 19.00’da Türkiye Kupası çeyrek final ilk maçında Aziziye Bld. Spor ile karşılaşacak. Süleyman Seba Spor Salonu’ndaki mücadeleye tüm taraftarlarımızı bekliyoruz.#ParkeninKartalları#Beşiktaş pic.twitter.com/3ArF05Tics
— Beşiktaş Mogaz HT (@BJKHentbol) March 12, 2018
However, Bayern Munich are currently flying and are leading the Bundesliga table by 20 points. Since the first leg of this game they have won two games and drawn one, keeping a clean sheet in all of the matches. Just this weekend they defeated Hamburger 6 – 0. They are sure to be full of confidence going into this match knowing that they would have to concede a huge number of goals in order to fail to qualify.
James Rodriguez is set to return to Bayern’s starting line-up in this match. Rodriguez missed Saturday’s match due to a calf complaint, but he is expected to be back on Wednesday and will be looking to make his mark. However, midfielder Corentin Tolisso is a doubt after suffering severe bruising to his shin in the game against HSV and will be assessed in the coming days.
Besiktas will be without the suspended defender Domagoj Vida after he picked up a red card in the first leg of the game. However, they do have the in-form Ricardo Quarsesma to call upon. He has provided four assists in the competition so far and back in 2014/15 he scored against Bayern in a knockout tie for Porto.
Despite this, everything seems to be pointing in Bayern Munich’s favour. They are strong favourites to win with odds of 4/7 compared to Besiktas’ 4/1. Unfortunately for Besiktas fans, there seems to be virtually no chance of them defeating Munich by a margin great enough to secure qualification. Nonetheless, they could still turn this into an exciting game by seeking to perform for their home crowd.
Barcelona vs Chelsea – Wednesday, 14th March
Brighton 1-4 Chelsea Under-18s
Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace
West Ham 0-1 Chelsea Dev Squad
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 12, 2018
Chelsea impressed and surprised many when they held Barcelona to a 1 – 1 draw in the first leg of this match at Stamford Bridge. Willian opened the scoring for Chelsea but the blues then lost the advantage when Lionel Messi equalised.
However, it means that both teams have everything to play for in this match and with both being giants of European football, it should be a truly exciting encounter.
Importantly for Chelsea, Barcelona have not defeated Chelsea at the Nou Camp in their last four meetings, in a run stretching back to 2005. However, Chelsea must score to progress to the next round as Barcelona currently hold an away goal advantage.
In a boost for Chelsea, Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta is still in doubt for this match after picking up an injury against Atletico Madrid and then missing the weekend’s match against Malaga. Boss Ernesto Valverde has said that the team will be monitoring Iniesta’s progress over the coming days before making a decision.
Despite missing their captain, Barcelona still comfortably defeated Malaga 0 – 2 on Saturday. However, they were held to a midweek draw by Espanyol suggesting that they may be suffering from some fatigue.
Chelsea, on the other hand, has had two disappointing results since the first leg of this match, losing to both Manchester United and Manchester City. However, this weekend they defeated Crystal Palace 2 – 1.
With the home advantage Barcelona are strong favourites to win this match at 2/5. Considering Chelsea’s form in the last few weeks it is little surprise that they are outsiders with odds of 7/1 while a draw is at 15/4. Furthermore, in the correct score markets the shortest odds are 11/2 on a 2 – 0 win for Barcelona. Barcelona are also favourites to qualify at 1/5 while Chelsea are at 3/1.
However, this is football and Chelsea are sure to come to this game determined to give it their absolute all. It has the potential to be a hugely exciting match and there is always the chance of a surprise result.