Champions League Match Previews
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery, Wesley Sneijder, Robin Van Persie, Thiery Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic,Didier Drogba are only some of the stars remaining in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, which resumes on 14th February, 2012. Valentine's Day will feature a Apoel Nicosia matching up against Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon for short. The French club will play hosts to the and are the favoured side in the 1st leg for that reason. Apoel, however, should not be taken lightly, as they survived a group that featured FC Porto, Zenit St. Petersburg, and Shakhtar Donetsk. Lyon will be well aware of this.
The first matchday also features German giants Bayer Leverkusen taking on Barcelona. Bayer have not been in especially good form as of late and neither have Barcelona. Still, when it comes to European nights, Barcelona get a decided edge because of a certain Lionel Messi.
AC Milan v Arsenal is the other big fixture as the Champions League resumes, but that match is not until Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, Zenit take on Benfica. Marseille v Internazionale, and Napoli versus Chelsea are the two mouthwatering fixtures from the 2nd week of the Round of 16, and the "bad fixtures" seem to always outshine the "good fixtures." In any case, the midweek never looked so good, and the Champions League is finally back to provide all the midweek drama that's been missing since early December.