As the Champions League round of 16 fixtures loom, we take a look at the Premier League club’s prospects in the competition.
While Arsenal and Manchester City undoubtably have the most daunting fixtures, facing Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively, but all sides have a good chance at qualification.
Reeling from last year’s narrow defeat to Bayern (only losing on away goals after winning 2-0 at the Allianz Arena), Arsenal will be looking for revenge on the Bavarians. Much improved from last year, Arsenal are firmly in the Premier League race and will look to make a statement. Having exacted revenge on Liverpool on Sunday in the F.A cup, the confidence will be high. Bayern are also more formidable than last year, unbeaten in their last 20 league matches and 16 points adrift in the Bundesliga. This clash is sure to entertain.
Prediction: Arsenal 4-4 Bayern Munich – Arsenal through on away goals
Goals-a-plenty are expected in this clash, with the sides possessing two of the highest tallies of goals across Europe. Much is made of Barca’s faltering form, but the Catalans are still a force to be reckoned with. City will be reeling from the loss of Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho, but will be confident ahead of the clash.
Prediction: Manchester City 4-5 Barcelona
United will be searching for salvation in what has been a dismal season for the Red Devils. The defending champions sit in seventh place in the league with a top four place looking increasingly unlikely. Their opponents Olympiakos are the reigning Greek Champions and are in fine form in the league. They will miss top goalscorer Kostas Mitriglou who mades the move to Fulham, and will be weakened because of his loss.
Prediction: Manchester United 4-2 Olympiakos
The return of Dider Drogba to Stamford Bridge will make for quite the spectacle for all supporters. The Ivorian legend will be forever loved by the Chelsea faithful and will look forward to an applause. His side may not share his reception however, as Mourinho’s men are as strong as ever in recent years. Resurgent since the return of Mourinho, the blues currently lead the league and will look to keep their momentum going in the Champion’s league.
Prediction: Chelsea 5-3 Galatasaray