This week we enter the second bout of Champions League last 16 first-leg matches, with eight sides hoping to emulate last week's efforts, which included huge wins away from home for Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
Zenit vs Borussia Dortmund
This should be a really interesting affair seeing as Borussia are coming of a 3-0 loss to relegation battlers Hamburg in the Bundesliga, while Zenit haven’t played a league match since December 6.
That being said Dortmund finished top of the group of death and still possess an explosive squad looking to bounce back in a big way while in the midst of a disappointing league season.
Zenit could be in lots of trouble with an inferior team that narrowly qualified for the Round of Sixteen. Zenit’s only real bright light this season has been Hulk but he will be up against a team that proved last year they can beat almost anyone on their day.
Dortmund should take this comfortably.
Borussia 3-1 Zenit
Olympiakos vs Manchester United
United have really struggled so far this year in the league but have looked a different team in the CL. Olympiakos on the other hand did well to qualify from a tougher group and are undefeated in the Greek Super League this season.
Olympiakos are a lot weaker then the team from the group stage due to player sales, but will still push United.
Although one would predict an easy win for United they are going to have to work hard against a Kostas Mitroglou-less Olympiakos.
Olympiakos 0-2 Manchester United
Galatasaray vs Chelsea
The buildup to this game has largely been featured around the reunion of Jose Mourinho and Didier Drogba.
Despite his great love for Chelsea and Mourinho you can be sure that Drogba would love to score against his former club on Wednesday night.
Chelsea stumbled slightly in the group stage in picking up two losses, but they have been quite strong in the Premier League lately, largely due to the brilliant play of Eden Hazard.
Gala on the other hand have struggled to win games in the league and currently sit second. They qualified for the last 16 on the last day against Juventus and now need even more to beat Chelsea.
The game will be in Istanbul, where Real Madrid lost last year, so Chelsea will need to bring there A game to claim a first-leg lead.
Galatasaray 1-3 Chelsea
Schalke 04 vs Real Madrid
Schalke had a few bumps in the group stage but they have really picked up their form in the league and are undefeated in their last 8 matches.
Real Madrid on the other hand haven’t lost since their El Clasico defeat in October. They have only conceded three times in 2014 and have really improved in the league, now sitting first above Barca and Atletico Madrid.
Boosted by the return on Cristiano Ronaldo to the starting 11, Madrid will look to go straight at Schalke.
With all of Real’s firepower it will be hard for Schalke to gain any advantage and they will need to strike from set pieces to create any danger for Real.
If all goes well Madrid should get a good win but don’t count Schalke out.
Schalke 0-4 Real Madrid
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