Eibar vs Barcelona
Barcelona are now leading the pack, as they took advantage of Real Madrid’s indifferent form. Since the turn of the year, Barcelona have just focused on their football, with the form of their world-class front three overshadowing that of their title rivals. I am totally convinced that Barcelona will know how lucky they are to have gained an advantage in the title race and I expect them to carry on with a convincing win, despite the distraction of the midweek champions league tie against Manchester City.
Real Madrid vs Levante
Last week I stressed that Real Madrid seem to be doing everything possible to not win the league, and once again they failed to win against Athletico Bilbao to prove that point. Following that, they almost got embarrassed by Di Matteo’s side in midweek, as we almost witnessed one of the biggest Champions League upsets of all time! I believe that Real Madrid would have spent their week reflecting on where it all went wrong, and I back Carlo Ancelotti to guide them through this rough patch. Levante will recognise that they will not have many better chances to sneak a result at the Bernabeu, but I feel that Real Madrid will recover with a convincing win.
Espanyol vs Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid have a massive game on Tuesday night, as they bid to go one better than last year and take down the Europe’s most coveted prize. When considering their position in the league, I believe that it will be difficult for them to not rest players. Therefore, I expect that Espanyol are more than capable of claiming a result that will please the home crowd. I am going for a bold shout, with a score draw in Barcelona.
Werder Bremen vs Bayern Munich
Bayern eased into the Champions League quarter-finals in midweek after a quite remarkable 7-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk. Guardiola had been critical of his attack but was unsurprisingly full of praise for his squad following this victory but the challenge for the Bavarians now is to somehow improve upon perfection. Bayern have only lost once in the Bundesliga this season but Werder Bremen coach Viktor Skripnik insists that his troops are prepared for the visit of the champions after training without the ball all week. Despite this, I’m backing Bayern to win by two goals to nil.
Bordeaux vs P.S.G
It was a classic night for the Ligue 1 champions, as they outclassed Chelsea with ten men to qualify for the next round of the Champions League, a trophy their wealthy owners are desperate to get their hands on. Their biggest challenge now is to maintain their drive in the League, as they bid to secure a famous double. Bordeaux are certainly no pushovers, and will be looking to exploit the fatigue of the PSG side who will be exhausted from their Champions League exploits. I’m expecting PSG to suffer from a European hangover. Score-draw.