7 days in football: This week’s most interesting action

THE CHAMPIONS League is back with some intriguing second legs, while Manchester United will be hoping to bounce back after their total humiliation at Anfield on Sunday. And watch out for the last eight of the Scottish Cup, which sees Celtic face Hearts and Rangers host Raith.

Monday March 6

A West London derby with Brentford hosting Fulham. Both these sides are above the biggest club in the neighbourhood, Chelsea. How times change.

Tuesday March 7

Talking of Chelsea, they welcome Borussia Dortmund to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League last 16 tie. They trail 1-0 and rumours persist that if the Blues go out, Graham Potter may be looking for a new job. It could be a tense night. Benfica are well placed in the other tie, they won 2-0 in Bruges in the first leg. Meanwhile, in League One, there are a lot of contenders for promotion. And two of them, Plymouth and Derby meet at Home Park.

Wednesday March 8

More Champions League action, with Bayern Munich aiming to finish off Paris Saint-German, whom they beat 1-0 in Paris in the first meeting of the two clubs. Bayern have a Bundesliga title race this season, with Dortmund chasing them all the way, while PSG are a little goal-happy at the moment.  Tottenham, who went out of the FA Cup last week, are a goal behind to AC Milan, so the second leg should be a cracker. 

Thursday March 9

Some interesting ties in the Europa and Conference leagues. Sporting Lisbon are at home to Premier leaders Arsenal, while Manchester United host Real Betis. In theory, both should go through. Arsenal are looking more and more like Premier champions, their comeback against Bournemouth was sensational, while any talk of United being late-season challengers was foolhardy. The way they were thrashed 7-0 by Liverpool was, to quote Erik ten Hag, “unprofessional”. There’s a clash of the unions in Berlin when the local side take on Union Saint-Gilloise. The Europa League has some big clubs in the last 16, including nine who have won a European prize or two. In the Conference League, West Ham travel to AEK Larnaca, a tie they should negotiate fairly comfortably. The Hammers’ coach, David Moyes is also under fire at the moment.

Friday March 10

The first of the Scottish Cup quarter-finals: Inverness Caldedonian Thistle of the Champion ship play Kilmarnock of the Premiership.

Saturday March 11

Some big games in the less publicised leagues across Europe. In the Czech Republic, Slavia Prague meet Viktoria Plzen – top versus second. In Bulgaria, the two CSKAs play in the capital – CSKA Sofia versus CSKA 1948. Northern Ireland’s league leaders, Larne, host Linfield, who need the win to make up ground on top spot. In Germany, the Revierderby, Schalke versus Borussia Dortmund, takes place. Scottish Cup sees Hearts welcome Celtic in the second quarter-final. Two more League One promotion clashes: Barnsley v Plymouth and Bolton v Ipswich. In the Premier League, Manchester City travel to Crystal Palace. The quarter-finals of the FA Trophy and FA Vase both take place.

Sunday March 12

Another London derby, Fulham v Arsenal, while in the Women’s Super League, Chelsea and Manchester United meet at Kingsmeadow.

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