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Champions League last 16: Match predictions

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Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford on Tuesday night. (©GettyImages)
Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford on Tuesday night. (©GettyImages).

Borussia Dortmund v Shakhtar Donetsk (2-2)

With Mats Hummels bagging a late goal in Ukraine, Borussia Dortmund seem to have the edge going into the second leg of this attractive tie. During the group stage Dortmund made the Signal Iduna Park somewhat of a fortress, winning all three games against Ajax, Real Madrid and Manchester City, conceding only one goal in the process, and their fans will be expecting them to progress.

However, Shakhtar themselves came through a difficult group involving reigning champions Chelsea and Serie A leaders Juventus. They performed excellently away from home and would have claimed a draw at Chelsea, barring a late Victor Moses header, to add to their draw in Turin and resounding win away to FC Nordsjaelland. 

It will be an entertaining game in which Dortmund will look to dictate the tempo and Shakhtar will try to threaten on the counter-attack, but I think Dortmund's creativity through the likes of Mario Gotze and Marco Reus will be too much for Shakhtar.

Prediction: 3-1 home win (5-3 on aggregate)

 

Manchester United v Real Madrid (1-1)

Cristiano Ronaldo's beautifully-executed header gave Real Madrid a well-deserved draw at the Santiago Bernabeu last month to leave the tie finely poised. Madrid have been off the boil so far this season, finishing second to Borussia Dortmund in the group phase and labouring 13 points behind Barcelona in La Liga. With rumours of bust-ups refusing to die down, it will be interesting to see if Jose Mourinho can motivate his players into a performance at Old Trafford. 

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson chose to field a very strong side against Norwich in their last game, unlike Madrid who defeated Barcelona with a weakened team, so fatigue could be a factor if the game goes to extra-time. United's only weakness this term has been their leaky defence but that has improved recently with David de Gea only conceding two goals in his last six games. United will be looking to continue that record, knowing a clean sheet will see them advance.

It was close in the Bernabeu and it will be close again. With the world watching and Cristiano Ronaldo returning to his former club, it promises to be quite a spectacle. 

Prediction: 2-1 (aet) home win (3-2 on aggregate)

 

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