The can’t-miss games to watch in March

We are heading into the business end of the football season with the Champions League and Europa League competitions returning at the knockout stage and the league titles to be battled out in the final months.

Whilst neither UEFA club cup competition can be won in March, it can certainly be lost as 16 teams will become eight before the month is out and the quarter-final draw takes place on 19 March.

There are a couple Round of 16 matches on a knife edge after the first leg and here are the two in particular that are part of the must watch:

Juventus vs FC Porto

FC Porto aren’t pulling up trees domestically this season, but they caused a real shock in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie versus Juventus in February with a 2-1 win.

How important will Federico Chiesa’s late goal prove to be for the Italian champions as the pressure continues to grow on rookie manager Andrea Pirlo?

The Old Lady are expected to turn things around in the home leg on Tuesday 9 March. With fans unable to attend, they will be forced to watch the football on TV with the rest of Europe and the world.

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid

Olivier Giroud scored a stunning overhead kick as Chelsea produced one of the upsets of the first legs with a 1-0 win away to Spanish La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

The return leg at Stamford Bridge takes place on Wednesday 17 March with many still confident Diego Simeone’s side will progress. Atleti had been the clear favourites heading into the tie.

Alongside the second leg of Bayern Munich-Lazio, these will be the final ties of the first knockout round.

Domestically, Manchester City are starting to pull away from the pack in the Premier League title race. However, there is still a tight battle for those remaining Champions League places.

Liverpool vs Chelsea

Defending champions Liverpool are starting to slip away from the top four, following four successive home defeats, to Burnley, Brighton & Hove Albion, Manchester City and Everton.

Jurgen Klopp has a huge clash coming up on Thursday 4 March when he goes up against fellow German coach Thomas Tuchel and his Chelsea side at Anfield, trying to change their fortunes at Anfield.

The Blues have started very strong under the former Borussia Dortmund head coach as they look to get back into the top four whilst also remaining in the Champions League.

Manchester derby

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has an excellent record in the Manchester derby, both as a player and manager. His Red Devils will be keen to hand Manchester City a dent in their title bid when they travel to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday 7 March.

United themselves may be in need of three points themselves in this fixture to keep them in control of their own destiny in terms of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Could victory for Pep Guardiola’s side give them one hand on the title?

North London derby

This match may not have much on the line in terms of a top four finish, but Europa League places are still up for grabs for Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but more importantly, fans’ bragging rights.

The second North London derby of the season takes place at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday 14 March, with Spurs having won the first meeting 2-0 back in December.

Neither side have been in spectacular form of late, but you can be sure both sets of players will be up for this one.

The can’t-miss games to watch in March

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