Manchester City vs Schalke, Champions League last-16, second leg

Schalke players stand on the pitch in dejection in front of their fans at the end of their Uefa Champions League defeat to Manchester City. Dave Thompson  AP

In 2011-12, Manchester United emerged the only club with 73 points or more after 30 matches and yet fail to win the league - with city rivals Man City toppling them on goals.

Meanwhile, there were significant results in the race for third and fourth place, and Cardiff boosted their survival hopes.

Jurgen Klopp's side got the final a year ago and are now in the last 16. But Liverpool responded impressively, with a Roberto Firmino brace and Sadio Mane effort seeing them go 3-1 up and, after Burnley hit back in stoppage time through Johan Berg Gudmudsson, Mane adding a fourth. United are two points behind the Gunners and one ahead of sixth-placed Chelsea, who were held 1-1 at home by Wolves and have a game in hand.

Eden Hazard netted an injury time victor to salvage Chelsea a point at home to Wolves, who were just a minute away from doing the double over Mauricio Sarri's side thanks to a 56th minute goal from Raul Jimenez, which was the Mexican's 12th league goal of the season. Raheem Sterling will be key, as City's absolute best player this season, because Sergio Aguero is doubtful and they need a couple of goals to make things safe.

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The absence of the VAR also helped Harry Kane open the scoring for Tottenham away to Southampton with a goal which looked to be offside, but it was not to be a happy return to St Mary's for Spurs' boss Mauricio Pochettino, who had to watch from the stands as two goals in the last 14 minutes turned the game on its head.

Salah is desperate to bounce back and win the Champions League after he was forced off the field with a shoulder injury during Liverpool's final defeat to Real Madrid last season.

Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Manchester City to win this match and secure a spot in the quarterfinals. Neil Warnock's team are two points behind 17th-placed Burnley and 16th-placed Southampton.

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