The end of the 2012/13 season is approaching with rapid speed. A sign of this is when Europe's big guns start getting wittled down to a a select few- as with tonight and tomorrow where the eight teams remaining in the Champions League will be halved to four.
This season's competition still has a lot of talent and class amongst its ranks with stalwarts likes Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona. Whilst there are a few clubs out to prove they are now European powerhouses, such as PSG and Galatasaray.
Two games will kick-off tonight at 7:45pm- Borussia Dortmund plays hosts to Malaga, whilst Galatasaray attempt to slay Real Madrid. Below we preview the fixtures...
Borussia Dortmund v Malaga
Dortmund have been a good outsider's bet since this term's competition began and manager Jurgen Klopp beleives they have the character to overcome their Spanish opponents tonight. The 0 - 0 draw from the first leg leaves the clash pretty even, swaying in the German's favour slightly as they are home tonight. The Bundesliga champions may be without key defender Mats Hummel, whilst Malaga will line up without centre-back Weligton and midfielder Manuel Iturra. This one will probably finish better for Dortmund.
Galatasaray v Real Madrid
When previewing the first leg last week, we pitted this as the Drogba v Jose show- however, the Ivorian and his teammates were simply outclassed by Madrid at the Bernabeu. The Turkish side are facing an up hill battle to say the least, after losing 3 - 0. They will need to stage a sensational fight back without suspended striker Burak Yilmaz in order to progress to the semi-final. Something as magical as The Drog's performances for Chelsea last year will be needed in abundance. There is good news for Galatasaray, however, as Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso will miss the game. Obviously, fancy Jose and his merrymen for this one.