In potentially the most one-sided fixture of the round of 16, Schalke welcome Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League, kicking off on Wednesday at 9:00pm local time. The visitors still have dreams for a quadruple, whilst Schalke’s season has been disastrous by their standards. Will Schalke be able to perform their game of the season when they need it most? on facebook Follow to get instant Free regular Expert betting tips Follow Us

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Home Team: Schalke 04

Schalke finished 2nd in the Bundesliga last season, in an inspiring campaign, but this season they have fallen backwards drastically. Losing midfield Leon Goretska, and young promising defender Thilo Kehrer hasn’t helped their cause, but the club are currently in 14th position, closer to relegation than they are of a top half finish. Schalke remain in the German Cup and would be their only realistic way of achieving European football for next season, and even that would be the Europa League.

Schalke were rather fortunate in their group that included Porto, Lokomotiv Moscow and Galatasaray, where they finished 2nd. Schalke were up against Bayern Munich a few weeks ago, and you could see the gulf in class, and Manchester City are of a similar level now to the German champions. Crazier things have certainly happened, but in a round of many close-fought matches, this one looks to be a dead cert for the English club. The positive for Schalke is that they don’t have too many injury concerns, and they haven’t conceded a goal from open play at home in the Champions League all season.

Away Team: Manchester City

Fighting on all four fronts, Manchester City’s 2018/2019 season could be the best of any club side, ever. That’s the incentive for Pep Guardiola’s side, but they’ll have to take each game as it comes. When the draw was made back in December, Manchester City will have been pleased to have drawn Bundesliga strugglers, Schalke. Despite that, there are never easy games at this stage in the Champions League, and Manchester City will have to be warned against complacency.

Manchester City have a full-strength squad to choose from, with Kevin De Bruyne back to full fitness, and a full set of attacking options to select. Leroy Sane returns to his former club, and perhaps is expected to start on the left-hand side, with Bernando Silva on the right, with Sergio Aguero up front. Since that defeat to Newcastle a few weeks ago, Manchester City have blown all the teams away, including that 6-0 triumph against Chelsea.

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Schalke 04 vs Manchester City Head to Head

The club’s have met three times in the past, but never in this competition. Back in 1970, Schalke won the first leg of the European Cup Winners Cup 1-0, only for them to lose the second leg 5-1. In a more recent meeting, Manchester City travelled to Schalke in the group stage of the UEFA Cup in the 2008/2009 season. Benjani and Stephen Ireland scored the two goals as they won 2-0. Can that repeat that success?

Schalke 04 vs Manchester City Prediction and Expert Betting Tips

[geot exclude_country=”US,CA” ]bet now betting on football[/geot] Schalke are at 9/1 just to win the first leg on Wednesday, with Manchester City at 2/7. For the draw, it’s at 9/2. To qualify, Schalke are at 8/1, with Manchester City overwhelming favourites at 1/20. Manchester City should progress with consummate ease, and I expect them to win this first leg too, by a 3-1 score line, priced at 10/1. To increase the odds on that, you can make it into a scorecast, and selecting Sergio Aguero to score first at 22/1.

[geot country=”US,CA” ]bet now betting on football[/geot] The goals for Manchester City in the Champions League often spread around, so feel free to put money on Kevin De Bruyne (12/5), Ilkay Gundogan (2/1) or Bernando Silva (2/1) to score at any time. Finally, for the tipsters out there, you can win big by backing Schalke in some capacity. I am not suggesting they will win, but by scoring 2+ goals at 9/2 or even winning one half at 7/2, are possible, and should be considered. on facebook Follow to get instant Free regular Expert betting tips Follow Us

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