Champions League Last 16: PSG Will Struggle At Old Trafford4 min read
This week sees the long awaited return of the Champions League as the competition reaches the knock out stages. Do note that VAR will be used in all Champions League matches going forward.
Manchester United v Paris St Germain
The first meeting between the clubs and no French side has ever won at United in European competition (L10 D4). I wouldn’t have said it two months ago, but I don’t think Paris will buck that trend on what is sure to be a great Old Trafford occasion.
Neymar and Thomas Meunier will miss the game through injury for the visitors and Edison Cavani was forced off at halftime at the weekend with a hip injury. The French side have already lost on English soil this season (3-2 at Anfield in the Group stages) and I feel United will take a lead back to the French capital for the second leg.
Tip: United to win at
Roma v FC Porto
Roma have never beaten Porto in four previous ties in European competition, but I feel they will take a slender lead back to Portugal for the second leg next month.
Porto are unbeaten in their last five away games in the Champions League and were one of only five sides to go through the group stages unbeaten, but I feel the Serie A side, who won all their home games in the knock out stages en route to the semi-finals last season, can win a tight, close affair.
Tip: Roma to win and under 2.5 goals at
Ajax v Real Madrid
Ajax have lost their last six games against Real Madrid in all competitions, but the hosts have only lost one of their last 21 home European ties and won five out of six this season including qualifiers.
Real Madrid have picked up positive results at Barcelona in the Spanish Cup and at neighbours Atletico in La Liga during the last week and look to be coming into peak form for the start of the knockout stages.
Ajax have lost two of their last three domestically, but they do score goals and I would be surprised if both sides don’t find the back of the net in what promises to be an open, entertaining tie at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
Tip: Both teams to score at
Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund
The sides are meeting for the third time in four seasons in European competition with the score currently standing at two wins apiece.
The Bundesliga outfit have never failed to score against Spurs in those four games and I feel the sides will be all-square going into the second leg in Dortmund next month. Mauricio Pochettino would love a clean sheet and is likely to have both Harry Kane and Dele Alli back for the second leg. Spurs won’t play for a draw at Wembley, but it wouldn’t be the worst result in the world especially a goalless one.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw at
Midweek treble: Manchester United, Roma and Chelsea at