(All kickoffs Eastern Standard Time)
Roma v Barcelona 2:45
(Stadio Olimpico) With a 4-1 victory in last week’s match at the Camp Nou, Barcelona should see out the rest of this tie with relative ease. Roma can be proud of their lone goal in Spain, but it’s the end of the road for them in this year’s competition. Barcelona are in such comfortable of shape that I wouldn’t be surprised if manager Ernesto Valverde rested Lionel Messi for the second leg. Barcelona to win by multiple goals.
Manchester City v Liverpool 2:45
(Etihad) City have done something in the last week which they have not done all season – give up 3 goals in back-to-back games. Their most recent match, an embarrassing 3-2 collapse (the Sky Blues were up 2-0 at HT) to hated crosstown rivals Manchester United, have seen their league title celebrations put on hold for at least another week. Due to Liverpool’s stellar performance at Anfield six days ago, City is staring at quite a formidable task. Needing at least three goals, the Cityzens will be hoping that star striker Sergio Aguero, (back from injury) will continue his scoring ways. As for Liverpool, Egyptian Mo Salah, who was rested this past weekend against Everton, trained with the club today and should be ready for the match. The question is whether or not he will start, as manager Jurgen Klopp may look to do something he seldom does – set up for a defensive effort. Expect an extremely close affair with Liverpool edging it to advance to the semifinals.
Bayern Munich v Sevilla 2:45
(Allianz) Recently-crowned champions of Germany, Bayern Munich will be looking to add yet another trophy to their cabinet by the end of the season. Their 2-1 victory last week in Spain will surely help. However, Sevilla have upset the odds in the past. They defeated Manchester United at Old Trafford in the last round, scoring three goals away from home, and certainly have the players to put on a performance. Still, Die Roten should be able to take care of business. Munich to win by multiple goals.
Real Madrid v Juventus 2:45
(Bernabeu) When your goal is so nice that the opposition’s fans applaud it, you must be doing pretty well. Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal, a fantastic bicycle kick in front of the Torino crowd, drew the admiration from the Old Lady faithful. With a 3-0 scoreline to overturn, Juventus look to be the second Italian side to be eliminated in as many days. Madrid’s bench is so deep that they can afford to rest several players and still advance to the semifinals. Madrid to win.