There are 16 matches left to play on the Old Continent before we can find out the names of the eight quarter-finalists. The first leg will be played on the 7th of March, while the second leg, one week later on the 14th. I made some picks for this event, using William Hill’s accumulator :
Steaua Bucharest vs Chelsea – pick X with 3.20 odds
Reghecampf’s team has shown tremendous strength playing at home against Ajax in the Round of 32, overturning the 1st leg 2-0 disadvantage and winning at penalties in the end. While Chelsea is not as powerful as Ajax and will most likely pose a higher threat to the Romanian side, The Blues will encounter a strong opposition and a very hostile stadium, therefore a draw would be more realistic.
Tottenham vs Inter – pick Tottenham with 1.75 odds
The Spurs are in great shape to take this, considering they place 3rd in such a tough competition like the Premier League and won 4 of their last 5 matches. On the other side Stramaccioni’s team is completely shattered by injuries of Diego Milito, Walter Samuel and Ranocchia, while Cassano is uncertain due to a quarrel with the manager
Benfica vs Bordeaux – pick Benfica with 1.57 odds
Bordeaux has 4 defeats in a row in Ligue 1 and is in terrible shape against Portugal giants, Benfica which are unbeaten at home in this competition, since 2009. The Benfiquistas are more technical, faster and they pass a lot better than the french side, which should give them a big advantage.
Basel vs Zenit St. Petersburg – pick Zenit with 2.50 odds
Zenit lost 3-1 with Liverpool on Anfield Road, but the one away goal was enough to qualify after the 2-0 win in the first leg. The Swiss side hasn’t met too much of an opposition so far and they can be unpredictable, but giving Zenit’s performance in Champions League, I believe they hold the higher ground.