We are in the Round of 16 for this season’s Champions League slate, and on Wednesday in Germany Bundesliga club Schalke 04 hosts English Premier League club Manchester City in the first of their two-leg set. Bet on the match now at our online sportsbook.
Schalke 04 vs Manchester City UEFA Champions League Odds & Analysis
https://t.co/w5nVtUGbFb — Manchester City (@ManCity) 19 de febrero de 2019
- When: Wednesday, 3 PM ET
- Where: Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
- TV: Univision
- Watch/Stream: Univision NOW
- UEFA Champions League Odds: Manchester City -434 / Schalke +903 / Draw +487 (Total 3)
This will be the fourth time that these two teams have squared off throughout their respective histories. Clubs haven’t played since Nov. 27, 2008, in the UEFA Cup, which Man City won 2-0 on goals from Benjani Mwaruwari in the 32nd minute and Stephen Ireland in the 66th. City also beat Schalke 5-2 on aggregate en route to winning the 1970 European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Why Bet On Schalke?Not even sure how Schalke has gotten this far as it is near the bottom of the Bundesliga standings and clearly not that good. It comes off a 0-0 draw with SC Freiburg on Saturday. Schalke are winless in their last three Bundesliga games and sit just above the relegation places in 14th spot.
Schalke last played in the Champions League on Dec. 11 and beat Lokomotiv Moscow 1-0. Alessandro Schoepf’s stoppage time goal gave Schalke 04 the win in Group D action. The Germans had already clinched second place and a spot in the competition’s knockout stage.
Schalke picked up 11 points in this season’s group stage, seven coming at home where they beat Galatasaray (2-0) and Lokomotiv Moskva (1-0) after opening with a 1-1 draw against Porto. Schalke have still won only three of their last eight UEFA Champions League games in Gelsenkirchen (D2 L3), conceding 18 goals. Schalke are, however, unbeaten in nine home European fixtures (W6 D3).
Schalke are in the last 16 for the first time since 2014/15, when they lost 5-4 on aggregate to Real Madrid, going down 2-0 in the home first leg and bowing out despite a 4-3 success in Spain. Schalke’s last three UEFA Champions League campaigns have all ended in the round of 16.
The German club are without a win in their last five games against English sides (D2 L3), since a 2-0 victory at Arsenal in October 2012. Their most recent game with a Premier League side in Gelsenkirchen was a 5-0 loss to Chelsea in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stage, equaling their heaviest European defeat.
Schalke defender Matja Nastasic played 51 times for Man City before leaving on loan for Schalke in January 2015 and moving permanently to Germany the following summer. He won a Premier League title and an FA Cup runners-up medal alongside the Young Player of the Year during his first two seasons at City before a serious knee injury stunted his development and he never made a regular return to the side.
Fresh off making his first Bundesliga start, Welsh winger Rabbi Matondo could face the club he left in an £11.29million deal in January.
- 35-A. Nübel
- 5-M. Nastasić
- 17-B. Stambouli
- 26-S. Sané
- 13-S. Rudy
- 18-D. Caligiuri
- 28-A. Schöpf
- 25-A. Harit
- 19-G. Burgstaller
- 7-M. Uth
- 36-B. Embolo
Why Bet On Manchester City?
Man City is tied for first in the Premier League with Liverpool. City beat Newport County 4-1 in the English FA Cup on Saturday. Manchester City were given a scare by the League Two side, but second-half goals from Leroy Sane, Phil Foden (2) and Riyad Mahrez set up the win and a place in the FA Cup quarterfinals.
Despite an impressive showing from Foden on his seventh start of the season against Newport, Pep Guardiola will likely recall Kevin De Bruyne in his three-man midfield alongside Fernandinho and David Silva, though Ilkay Gundogan is another option. Will Man City have captain Vincent Kompany for this match? Kompany has not featured since a win over Liverpool six weeks ago after limping out of the action in the 88th minute, missing the next 12 matches.
He returned to first team training last Sunday but Wednesday’s match may come too quickly after such a lengthy absence, with Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea a more likely date for a return. City remain without Claudio Bravo (Achilles).
The winners of Group F in the autumn, Manchester City are in the knockout stages for the sixth year in a row, and have won two of their last three round of 16 ties. In 2017/18 they went on to the quarter-finals, where they lost to Liverpool.
This is City’s second game in a row against Bundesliga opponents; they beat Hoffenheim 2-1 in Manchester on matchday six, having won by the same scoreline in Germany. That made it six wins from their last seven matches against German clubs (D1), stretching back to a 1-0 loss at Bayern München in September 2014.
The Citizens have won three of their last five games in Germany, losing only one; in contrast, they suffered five defeats in their first six visits, the exception that 2008 victory at Schalke. City have lost both two-legged contests against German clubs, UEFA Cup quarter-finals against Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1978/79 and Hamburg 30 years later. City have won only five of their last 11 European matches, home and away – losing five. Away from home, it is three wins in six matches (D1 L2).
- 31-Ederson Moraes
- 2-K. Walker
- 14-A. Laporte
- 5-J. Stones
- 8-İ. Gündoğan
- 17-K. De Bruyne
- 35-O. Zinchenko
- 20-Bernardo Silva
- 10-S. Agüero
- 7-R. Sterling
City prevails 2-1