Saturday 24 March 2018

What time, what channel? Everything you need to know about this week's Champions League clashes

Manchester United's David De Gea makes a save from Sevilla’s Luis Muriel. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Manchester United's David De Gea makes a save from Sevilla’s Luis Muriel. REUTERS/Jon Nazca



Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella believes his side could have got more from the first leg of their clash with United, as he targets an upset triumph at Old Trafford tonight.

"We were disappointed after the first game," states the former AC Milan boss. "David De Gea was fabulous for them and we had the chances to have a lead now, but we go to the second leg with even more hope. One goal for us in Manchester can change everything."

Sevilla have struggled to score goals in the Spanish league this season and have lost eight of their 14 La Liga games on the road this season, but their run to the Spanish Cup final confirms they are a threat in knock-out competition.

One to watch: Joaquin Correa (Sevilla)

This Argentine midfielder has scored some big cup goals for Sevilla this season and he could be their best home of an away goal at Old Trafford.

Verdict: United to grind out a victory.


ROMA (1) v SHAKHTAR DONETSK (2) - eirSport 1 (7.45pm)

Roma's dip in form since mid-December has cast a cloud over the future of coach Eusebio Di Francesco, with Champions League progress crucial if he is to lift the pressure building on him.

"I'm the first person responsible so I always feel my future is being discussed," he said after a defeat against AC Milan last month. "It's part of the job as a coach from the first day you sit on a bench. We are making too many mistakes and that is what cost us in the first left against Shakhtar."

Ukrainian champions Shakhtar did well to beat Roma 2-1 in the first leg as they had only just returned to action from a winter break, with their Brazilian striker Fred boosting his reputation with a the goal that handed his side an advantage.

One to watch: Bernard (Shakhtar)

This Brazilian winger has scored some vital goals this season and one more in Rome could be worth so much to Shakhtar.

Verdict: Roma to fight back and secure a quarter-final place.


BESTIKTAS (0) v BAYERN MUNICH (5) - eirSport 1 (5pm)

Despite their 5-0 win against Besiktas in the first leg of this tie, Bayern are slipping under the radar when the list of contenders are mentioned for this season’s Champions League

With the German title long since wrapped up, Bayern can focus all their attention on winning another European title and coach Jupp Heynckes is playing a shrewd game as he plays down his side's hopes.

"We are not the favourites for the Champions League," he says. "here are five teams in England that are very strong, some invested enormously in the summer and also in the winter. We have to try and compete."

One to watch: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

This prolific Polish striker has just signed up with one of Europe's top agents ahead of a probable summer transfer. In the current market, he must be worth in excess of £100m.

Verdict: This game is over, but Bayern will win again.

BARCELONA (1) v CHELSEA (1) RTE 2 (7.45pm)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte so nearly pilled off a tactical masterstroke in the first leg of this tie, as he stifled the threat of Barcelona's creative players and so nearly saw his side establish a lead.

They now need to score at the Nou Camp to have any chance of progress, but the blueprint used in the first leg of this tie will be used again in Barcelona, even though his policy of not starting with a striker proved to be ineffective against Manchester City earlier this month.

Lionel Messi's equalising goal at Stamford Bridge has tipped the balance of this tie in Barcelona's favour and Chelsea may need to score first to turn the tide in their favour.

One to watch: Willian

On fire in the first leg, he scored a fine goal for Chelsea and came close to more. If Conte starts without a recognised striker, Willian will have a big role to play.

Verdict: Barcelona to march on.

Online Editors

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport