Champions League Last 16: Expect Goals at Stamford Bridge & the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán5 min read
The visit of Barcelona to Stamford Bridge is the highlight of the four Champions League 1st leg last 16 ties midweek.
I can’t wait to see Chelsea take on one of the in-form teams in Europe, and I’m also expecting goals on Wednesday when Sevilla entertain Manchester United.
Chelsea v Barcelona
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League games against Barcelona and the Catalan giants have only won one of their six away games at the Bridge.
I expect to see goals in what promises to be a terrific game and do note Barca have never kept a clean sheet at the Bridge although they only conceded one goal in the group stages of the competition earlier in the season.
No Philippe Coutinho of course in the Barca ranks in West London, but we will see the dual threat of the brilliant pair Lionel Messi, who has played 655 minutes against the Blues without a CL goal, and Luis Suarez.
Eden Hazard has three goals and two assists to his name in his last five CL games and the PL Champions need a big game from their own footballing superstar.
Both teams to score at
Bayern Munich v Besiktas
It is hard to see past a comprehensive win for the Bundesliga outfit at the Allianz Arena given the Bavarians have won 19 of their last 20 home CL games.
The Turkish outfit were the only side to have a perfect away record in the group stages but Bayern are likely to provide a much stiffer test midweek.
Bayern to win to nil at
Sevilla v Manchester United
The first competitive game between the sides and another game where I hope to see goals given the Spanish side have never kept a clean sheet in six previous games in the knockout stages of the competition.
Sevilla conceded 12 times in their six group games but they showed against Liverpool in both ties in the group stages that they could also score goals.
United may have to settle for a draw in Spain but, significantly, I think they will find at least one valuable away goal to take back to Old Trafford.
Game to finish in a scoring draw at
Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma
The sides met at the corresponding stage of the 2010/11 CL campaign and it was Shakhtar who won both ties by an aggregate of 6-2. Those two wins against Roma, however, are the Ukrainians only two previous CL knock out successes.
Roma have lost seven of their last eight knockout games in the competition and have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 24 Champions League games. That said they have won their last three in Serie A and were excellent at Stamford Bridge in the group stages.
This is another tie where I expect to see goals.
Both teams to score at
Michael’s Champions League treble: both teams to score in the games involving Chelsea v Barcelona, Sevilla v Manchester United and Shakhtar v Roma at