1-0 – so it is after the first half of the first leg in the knockout stages of the Champions League in the duels between the English and German clubs. Tottenham prevailed against Borussia Dortmund 3-0 last week, opening the door to the quarter-finals. On Tuesday Bayern want to move in Liverpool and a day later Schalke vs Manchester City balance in favor of the German teams.
Champions League Schalke vs Manchester City
With the Citizens Schalke but perhaps the top favorites to win the handlepot guest. And the achievements of the last few weeks do not necessarily make the greatest courage, the duty should be to have a chance against the star ensemble from Manchester. Royal Blue against Sky Blue: What color dominates the first leg in the Veltins Arena? For many in the game between Schalke and Manchester City, the prediction for a tip on the English – but the odds are a bit low. Special Note: Storm talent Rabbi Matondo, who only moved from Manchester to Gelsenkirchen at the end of January and whose transfer Pep Guardiola in particular brought on the palm, meets his old employer.
Schalke – Statistics & Current Form
At the end 0: 0 won – could say from the point of view of FC Schalke 04. On Saturday, as part of the 22nd match day of the Bundesliga, the Sport Club Freiburg on Schalke and against the club from the Breisgau rescued Schalke the goalless draw over time. In a game that was weak overall, but above all from Schalke’s perspective, Freiburg was much closer to the opening goal in the second half and was unlucky that a penalty whistle for video evidence was withdrawn shortly before the end. However Schalke could have gotten a hand penalty in the first round. Instead, there was a dismissal shortly before the break. Overall, that was not enough of the Schalke, who could win only one of the five Bundesliga games after the winter break – two draws, two defeats.
“The European football world will not rely on Schalke. We are blatant outsiders in both games, which may give rise to forces. Manchester City also lost to Newcastle and Crystal Palace. ” – Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel is cautiously optimistic
In the table royal blue occupies only a weak 14th place. With just 25 goals in 22 games Schalke represents the fifth weakest offensive in the league. On the other hand, there are already 32 goals in the statistics. The 0: 0 against Freiburg was after 14 games on the national stage – twelve Bundesliga, twice DFB Pokal – the first game in which Schalke back again held zero. In the group phase of the Champions League Schalke prevailed behind FC Porto in second place. The only defeat against the Portuguese was away from three wins and two draws. At home Schalke won two of the three games, scored a total of six matches in the group stage but also only a meager six goals. With Benjamin Stambouli, Breel Embolo, Steven Skrzybski and Alessandro Schöpf still missing the miners four potential regular players. But these failures alone are not the reason why in the game between Schalke vs Manchester City despite high odds a tip on a surprise in the form of a home victory rather not play.
Expected formation of Schalke:
Nübel; Bruma, Sane, Nastasic: Caligiuri, Rudy, McKennie, Oczipka; Uth, Kutucu, Matondo
Last matches of Schalke:
- 16.02.2019 – Schalke Vs. Freiburg 0: 0 (Bundesliga)
- 09.02.2019 – Bayern vs. Schalke 3: 1 (Bundesliga)
- 06.02.2019 – Schalke Vs. Dusseldorf 4: 1 (DFB Cup)
- 02.02.2019 – Schalke Vs. Gladbach 0: 2 (Bundesliga)
- 25.01.2019 – Hertha Vs. Schalke 2: 2 (Bundesliga)
Manchester City – Statistics & Current Form
The Manchester City dress rehearsal was a success, even though the weekend’s job was not too difficult. However, the Citizens did hard for a long time. In the second round of the FA Cup, the team of Pep Guardiola had at ran Newport County from the fourth English league. Despite a chance ratio of 12: 2 in the first 45 minutes, it went scoreless in the cabins. Only in the 51th minute Leroy Sane redeemed his colors with the 1: 0. At the end Man City was to win 4: 1, but the results for 3: 1 and 4: 1 fell only in the 89th and in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Overall, the victory was, of course, also in the amount more than deserved.
Manchester City still have five titles to go this season: the League Cup is scheduled for Sunday’s final against Chelsea, while in the Premier League the Skyblues head the table ahead of Liverpool FC, but have played one more game than the Reds. City secured the Supercup at the beginning of the season. Last week’s weekend saw Manchester City tingle their muscles as Agüero and Co. defeated former champions Chelsea 6-0 in the Premier League at home. Twelve of the last 13 games have won Manchester City, only Newcastle United at the end of January, a surprise 1: 2 bankruptcy. By the way, if Manchester City did not win a game this season, that was usually away. Only eight of 42 games this season could not make City victorious, six of them took place away. The group phase of the Champions League Man City concluded with four wins and one draw and one defeat and 16: 6 goals as the winner. In Schalke’s game against Manchester City, there is hardly a way to go for a away win. But in the game of Schalke vs Man City still dusting betting odds, you should put the tip on away win under an additional condition.
Expected lineup of Manchester City:
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Danilo; Fernandinho, Sterling, D. Silva, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero
Last matches of Manchester City:
- 16.02.2019 – Newport Vs. Manchester City 1: 4 (FA Cup)
- 10.02.2019 – Manchester City vs. Chelsea 6: 0 (Premier League)
- 06.02.2019 – Everton Vs. Manchester City 0: 2 (Premier League)
- 03.02.2019 – Manchester City vs. Arsenal 3: 1 (Premier League)
- 29.01.2019 – Newcastle Vs. Manchester City 2: 1 (Premier League)
Schalke vs Manchester City Direct Comparison
In almost 115 years Schalke 04 and 139 years Manchester City there were a total of only three clashes. The first of these duels on April 1, 1970 Schalke won 1-0 for themselves. No less than Stan Libuda scored in the first leg of the semi-finals in the European Cup Winners’ Cup the golden goal to victory. However, it should not be enough in the end, as Man City clearly won the second leg at home 5: 1 and moved into the final. There, the Citizens beat the Polish representative Gornik Zabrze, who prevailed in the semifinals with a coin toss (!) Against AS Roma, after three duels had previously been drawn. For City, that was the only benefit of this defunct competition. On 27 November 2008, Manchester City prevailed in the group stage of the Europa League on Schalke 2-0 – at the time when there was no play in the Europa League back and forth.
Schalke vs Manchester City Football Betting Tips
Although Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund or even Ajax Amsterdam are almost eliminated after their defeats in the first leg, the bookmakers currently trust them to win the Champions League even more than the Schalke. For Royal Blue as the winner of the handle pot, there are currently still the highest odds of up to 300.00. It is quite possible that these odds will rise after the first leg. Manchester City can draw on the full as far as possible. Sergio Agüero should be ready for action after a short illness.
Key Facts – Schalke vs Manchester City Tips
Schalke saved a goalless draw against Freiburg at the weekend, but is only 14th in the Bundesliga
Manchester City scored ten goals in the last two games
Schalke won after the winter break, only two of six competitive games; Man City twelve of the last 13 games
After the performance of Royal Blue against Freiburg, I do not expect anything good for the game against City. Granted: Schalke had to play a half-time inferior, but without wanting to close the team of Christian Streich too close: Man City is again a very different caliber. The fact is, however, that the Skyblues contest the final of the League Cup against Chelsea a few days later. Therefore, I think that Man City takes some pressure off the boiler in perhaps comfortable leadership. In the match between Schalke and Manchester City my prediction is that Man City wins but scores at most three goals. There are good odds of up to 1.80 for this. In just one of the last eleven competitive games on the opponent’s square, the Citizens scored four goals – and that was just last weekend in a fourth division.
Betting Prediction: City wins and scores under 3.5 goals