Schalke 04 are playing at home versus Manchester City in a match of the 1/8-finals of the Champions League. The German side finished second in Group D, although they lost only against the leader Porto. Despite the poor form in the Bundesliga, in the Champions League Schalke performed fantastically in their games at home, conceding just one goal in their 1-1 draw against Porto. However, in the German league, The Miners are still not in an optimal form and are on the 14th place in the standings, alternating good with bad performances.
Manchester City are still in the fight for four trophies this season. Only in less than a week, The Citizens will play final for Carabao Cup against Chelsea, while over the week Pep Guardiola’s players continued to the 1/4-finals of FA Cup knocking out Newport County. In the Premier League, Manchester City are in a fight with Liverpool for the first place in the standings, although The Citizens have a game more than The Reds. However, success in the Champions League will stamp their name among the biggest teams in Europe, and this will be their biggest goal.
As expected, the biggest favourite according to the bookmakers are Manchester City and will be hard to find a bet with good odds for success of The Citizens. As we mentioned, Schalke 04 have problems this season, but on Veltins-Arena The Miners are stable and didn’t concede more than two goals, even against other big European names as Porto, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. Historically, Schalke have much bigger experience in the European tournaments than their opponent, and we think that they will perform on a level and again will not lose with more than two goals.
The Citizens couldn’t score more than two goals in their away fixtures in the Champions League. Taking into account the upcoming final against Chelsea, we think that is highly unlikely that Manchester City will throw themselves in attack to defeat their opponent with a big difference, and is more likely that they will enter in this game for a good result which will provide them with comfort for the rematch on Etihad Stadium.
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Schalke vs Manchester City Head to Head
Schalke and Manchester City have played only once against each other in 21 century, and it was in a match of UEFA (now Europa League) in season 2008/09. The Citizens won with 2-0 after goals by Benjani Mwaruwari and Stephen Ireland.
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Schalke vs Manchester City Stats
- In five of the six games of Schalke in the group stage of the competition were scored under 2.5 goals.
- Schalke have been knocked out in the 1/8-finals of the Champions League in the previous three participations.
- Schalke are on the run nine games without a loss in the competition for the first time since November 2004.
- In the last 11 fixtures of Manchester City in the Champions League were scored over 2.5 goals.
- The Citizens are unbeaten in the previous five games in the competition.
- Manchester City don’t have a loss in seven consecutive fixtures against German teams in the Champions League .
Schalke vs Manchester City Odds
Schalke vs Manchester City Team News
Benjamin Stambouli and Alessandro Schöpf are injured and will not play for Schalke. Steven Skrzybski and Breel Embolo are in doubt.
Manchester City will be without Claudio Bravo, Benjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany who are still injured.