After taking a comfortable win by 3-1 on the road, Besiktas will now be hosting Hapoel Beer Sheva at the second leg of their Europa League tie. Besiktas were no match for their opponents in that match, as they scored 3 times on the road, essentially securing their qualification to the next round of the competition. They are also getting ready to face Galatasaray on Monday, in one of Turkey's biggest derbies, so the coach is expected to use some reserves here.
APOEL took a lot more than they deserved from the first leg of their Europa League match-up against Athletic at Bilbao, and they are now coming into this home match with hopes to overturn the result. Bilbao were superior in that match, but they got complacent at the final minutes of the match and allowed their opponents to score a very perilous goal for the final 2-3. Bilbao know that they must protect their lead, but they won't play full defense here, as they could be surprised.
Zenit traveled to Brussels last week after not having played for 2.5 months, and they were a bit rusty as they were defeated by 0-2 against Anderlecht. The two teams will battle it out in Russia on Thursday, as Anderlecht are coming in undefeated in their last 12 matches in all competitions.
Schalke will be hosting PAOK on Wednesday, as the two teams are clashing for the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 tie. PAOK didn't deserve anything more than a loss at home last week, but the final 3-0 score wasn't so fair for them. They are now traveling to Germany without several defenders, in what looks like a typical procedure. Schalke should be feeling rather comfortable with the lead they took from the first match, and could use a lot of reserves here.
Manchester United and Saint Etienne will be crossing swords once again for the second leg of their Europa League tie on Wednesday, almost a week after United's 0-3 victory in England. Saint Etienne were actually pretty decent in that match, but they need a miracle in order to qualify. Manchester United are getting ready to play at the League Cup final later this week, so Saint Etienne will be ready to take advantage of that and at least cause an upset here.
Reigning Premier League champions Leicester have shown a totally different face this season, as they are struggling in all domestic fronts. However, they have been impressive in their maiden presence at the Champions League, and they are now traveling to Sevilla, where they will be hosted by the local team for the first leg of their Round of 16 tie. Sevilla are traditionally strong at home, and they will be looking to take a safe lead from their home match.
Two teams that are coming off 6 consecutive wins in their respective leagues are clashing against each other, when Porto will be hosting Juventus for the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie. Porto are very close to the top spot of the Portuguese league thanks to their amazing form lately, while Juventus are steadily leading the Serie A, and they are more than ready for their European endeavors.
Valencia are coming off a solid win against Athletico Bilbao, while they also so newly-acquired Zaza and Orellana fit perfectly in their new surroundings, as they were both involved in the team's goals. They will be hosting Real Madrid on Wednesday, who are still going strong at the top of the La Liga. Matches between these two sides traditionally produce a lot of goals, as there has been an average of 5 goals in their last 9 clashes.
Despite not having played a competitive match in more than 2.5 months, Krasnodar looked great last Thursday when they defeated Fenerbahce by 0-1 at home. The match-up is now reversed, as the two teams will clash in Turkey on Wednesday, February 22nd. Fenerbahce are in the midst of a bad run of form, as they haven't won any of their last 3 matches in all competitions and their fans are starting to mumble.
Monaco have been truly amazing so far in the season, as they have one of the most lethal offenses in the world right now, having already scored 76 goals in 26 matches in their domestic league. They will now travel to England, where they will be hosted by Manchester City on Tuesday, February 21st, as the two teams clash at the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie. Manchester City will try to cover their defense against a very capable opponent, but they have already conceded goals in 73% of their league matches so far, while they have only kept just one clean sheet in 6 matches in the Champions League Group Stage.