After a break we welcome back the Champions League because the final 18 sides battle it for a devote the quarter finals. Two European giants go head to head because the clear stand out tie of the last 18, as Arsenal face Italian side AC Milan on the two legged encounter. AC Milan host Arsenal within the first leg at the San Siro and then go to the Emirates for the second leg. The Rossoneri were famously bumped out of the same competition by their opponents this year in 2008 because of an excellent individual display from then captain Cesc Fabregas.
AC Milan have found it difficult against Engish side recently having been bumped out from the tournament at this time by Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur within the last three seasons. Looking at each side form entering this match, Arsenal have won their latter matches in the league against Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland, whilst Milan having been competing towards the top of Serie A.
There are also another interesting ties happening with current champions Barcelona dealing with German side Bayer Levekusen who came via a tricky group containing Chelsea to get to this stage, if you're into football betting then it's clear Barcelona will be a safe bet to obtain through this group.
French side Lyon take on surprise package APOEL who definitely are happy to have even made this stage from the competition. If I have a million free bets i quickly would likely put those on Lyon coming through this two legged tie.
Russian side Zenit undertake Portuguese side Benfica in a tricky tie to with the Russian side being very unpredictable but on their day can produce quality performances.
Another Russian side in action is CSKA Moscow how will not have happy with their draw as they undertake Spanish giants Real Madrid with Jose Mourinho under immense pressure to provide success to the Spanish capital it's unlikely CSKA can get anything from this tie.
Napoli face further English opposition as they take on a Chelsea side pressurized after a little dreadful league form and with Andre Villas-Boas knowing this levels of competition are the only realistic chance of bringing some silverware to Stamford Bridge.
French side Marseille undertake 2010 Champions Inter Milan using the French side looking to make the most of a Milan side that haven't been playing at their very best in the Champions League this season.
The ultimate tie of the last 18 sees Swiss side Basel who knocked Man utd from the group stages face German giants Bayern Munich with what should end up being a fascinating encounter. The German side boast a squad filled with quality players and will fancy their chances of winning the entire competition whether they can steer clear of the likes of Barcelona in the early get rid of stages.