Champions League Draw
The first match is Portugese side Benfica against French side Paris St. Germain in the Second Round. The two sides last played each other in 2013 in the Champions League. That day PSG won 3-0 with goals from Ibrahimovic and Marquinos. Benfica got third place in the Portugese Premier League finishing behind Porto and Sporting. Benfica have no manager at the moment either but still have a strong squad but then so do PSG.
Prediction: 3-1 agg PSG
Man Utd face off against Barcelona and Wayne Rooney for the first time since he moved to the Spanish giants. There is no love loss between Rodgers and Rooney, so it is sure going to be a tough match. Barcelona won the title in Spain last season but this season are 10 points off Real Madrid in La Liga while Manchester United are doing a good job this season in third in the BPL.
Prediction: 2-1 Manchester United
Schalke play Monaco in what is going to be a very close tie. Monaco won the French title last season with some ease. Schalke finished third in the German League last season and both had good group performances with Monaco finishing second behind Man Utd and Schalke topping there group with Barcelona in.
Prediction: 2-0 Monaco
Lyon face off against Valencia in what on paper looks the weakest match in the round. Lyon were top of the group and Valencia got second place in there group. Valencia, who are cash strapped have somewhat fortunately got into the knockout round will definitely find Lyon too much in my experiance.
Prediction: 3-0 agg Lyon
In a very interesting tie Galatasaray play against Real Madrid in what is a potential for an upset of the odds. Galatasaray have been improving under manager Roberto Mancini and won the Turkish league last season. Real Madrid are top of the Spanish League and are 10 points clear at the top of the table but face a big problem in the Turkish team here.
Prediction: 1-0 shock result to Galatasaray
Last season's Premier League Champions Everton have a big tie against German Premier League Runners Up Bayern Munich. Everton have not been doing very well in the English Premier League this season but Bayern have been doing a lot better than there English counterparts so we think they will come out good.
Prediction: 3-0 agg Bayern
Dynamo Kyiv are the only Ukrainian side to qualify and play Group winners Dortmund in what should be a one sided match. Shakhtar are seen by many as the better side in Ukraine so the fact Kyiv qualified is seen as a shock. They finished second in the Ukraine High League last season but need some help if they are to beat a Dortmund side who are top of there league this season and seem one of the favourites to win this competition.
Prediction: 4-1 Dortmund on agg
Hannover, the shock side to make the Champions League in Germany qualified as group winners and will play the Danish Champions FC Kobenhavn who finished as runners up in a group containing debutantes Astra from Romania who almost qualified and the poor Ajax side. This tie could go anyway but we are going for a shock Danish victory.
Prediction: 2-1 Kobenhavn