Who is averaging nearly three goals a game and who has lost more than half of their fixtures since the group stage? UEFA.com put this week's round of 16 hopefuls under the microscope.
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▪ It has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for Bayer in the past two months, with consistency elusive throughout. However, a second successive Bundesliga win has moved Leverkusen to within sight of the UEFA Europa League berths. Karim Bellarabi, scorer of the quickest goal in Bundesliga history, also struck the milestone 50,000th goal in Germany's top flight last Friday.
▪ The Rojiblancos slipped to sixth in the Liga table when they lost 3-0 to Villarreal immediately after their final group game but are now back up to fourth, four points adrift of third-placed Sevilla and seven behind leaders Real Madrid. They reached the Copa del Rey semi-finals, losing 3-2 on aggregate to Barcelona. Kevin Gameiro scored the second fastest hat-trick in Liga history on Saturday, with three goals in four minutes 45 seconds.
▪ Saturday's FA Cup fifth round draw ended a run of four straight victories, which had been spearheaded by now-injured new signing Gabriel Jesus. Despite climbing from fourth to second in the Premier League since early December, City have gone from four to eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
▪ Monaco are still in the running for all three French trophies and have scored nearly three goals per league game so far, despite a slight slip at Bastia on Friday. They have a three-point cushion at the Ligue 1 summit.
▪ Porto have gone from third to second – and from three points off leaders Benfica to just one – since the group stage finished. They have dropped just two of the 30 points on offer in that period and scored 25 Liga goals, a tally achieved in part thanks to January signing Francisco Soares' four in three appearances. Porto's only recent disappointment came as they finished bottom of their Portuguese League Cup group.
▪ The Bianconeri have won nine of their ten league fixtures since the end of the group stage and are seven points ahead atop Serie A. Friday's victory against Palermo extended their Serie A record of consecutive home victories to 29. Juve have also reached the Coppa Italia semi-finals, where they will face Napoli, while Gonzalo Higuaín has scored 12 goals in as many games in all competitions.
▪ Sevilla are still in contention for a first Liga title since 1946, although they trail leaders Real Madrid by three points having played two games more. In January, the Andalusian side recorded their biggest ever points total of 42 for the first half of a season and strung together five straight league wins before losing at Espanyol, while they exited the Copa del Rey at the hands of Real Madrid.
▪ Saturday's FA Cup fifth round defeat at third-tier Millwall, who were down to ten men, continued a miserable run that has left the Premier League champions only a point above the relegation zone.