The knockout stages of the 2018-19 Champions League begins on Tuesday with the most anticipated of the two games being a resurgent Manchester United hosting Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford.
Another set of Round of 16 games will be played on Wednesday while the concluding parts of the knock out stage will be played 19 and 20, with the second leg ties set for 5, 6, 12 and 13 of March.
Since the draw was made at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters in Nyon last year December, many football fans had marked their calenders ahead of some mouth-watering clashes.
Ck10 Media previews 3 big fixtures of the UCL round of 16 that every football fan would like to see;
Man Utd vs PSG
Manchester United have enjoyed a notable improvement in form since the end of the group stages, but Red Devils will be up against a PSG side intent on ending their wait for the trophy they covet more than any other.
United have won 10 and drawn just one of their 11 matches under temporary coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The most recent of the victories is a 3-0 over relegation-threatened Fulham on Saturday.
That result saw United climb into the top four, meaning that in the space of less than two months they have enjoyed a 12-point swing which now leaves them one point above both Arsenal and Chelsea as well as putting them in poll position to reach quarter-finals of this competition for the first time since 2013-14.
Centre-back Victor Lindelof was able to train on Monday, meaning Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are United’s only absentees with minor knocks.
On the other hand, PSG have been hit by a season-ending injury to star player Neymar, and Thomas Tuchel while striker Edinson Cavani is also expected to miss Tuesday’s match to further weaken PSG’s attacking threat.
However, having missed the last three weeks with an ankle injury, midfielder Marco Verratti is available after starting for the Ligue 1 champions against Bordeaux on the weekend.
Similarly, the club’s domestic form has looked shaky in February, after suffering their first league defeat of the season against Lyon, needing extra time to overcome third-tier Villefranche and then scraping past Bordeaux on Saturday.
But United must bear in mind that any PSG struggles must be kept in context as they remain 10 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 despite having played two games fewer than second place, and they have only lost three of their 34 matches across all competitions this season.
Liverpool v Bayern Munich
Perhaps the stand-out fixture of the draw pairs Premier League favourites Liverpool with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Liverpool let their lead on the Premier league slip after a draw with West Ham earlier this month however, Coach Jurge Klopp will be hoping to repeat an appearance in the final of the UEFA Champions league having bitterly lost to Real Madrid last year.
Bayern Munich have not been their usual dominant self in the league this season and sit second, five points behind Borussia Dortmund.
But they showed their mettle in Europe, cruising through Group E, finishing unbeaten in a group which also included Ajax, Benfica and AEK Athens.
Liverpool may be proving a strong wall in the Premier League so far, but Jurgen Klopp’s record against Bayern is not great – he has won nine, drawn four and lost 16 of his 29 meetings against the Bavarians
Atletico Mardid v Juventus
The pick of the non-English ties will see Cristiano Ronaldo back in Madrid with Juventus, to face his former Laliga rivals, Atletico.
The side third in LaLiga will take on the runaway Serie A leaders but will take confidence from this recent history books given they have won seven and drawn two of their last nine matches against Italian opposition.