City travel to the Gelsenkirchen

Last updated: February 18, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Wednesday, 20:00
Venue: VELTINS-Arena
Coverage: BT Sports
Home Form: WLWDW
Away Form: WDWWW
Last Meeting: Schalke 04 0 – 2 Man City
Competition: UCL

Manchester City will be full of confidence going into this one. And rightly so, after demolishing Chelsea in the last league fixture 6-0, they are certainly considered one of the strongest sides left in the competition. Pep Guardiola will be looking to get the job done in the first-leg, expect to see a strongest possible star-studded lineup this Wednesday.

With four English clubs remaining in the Champions League, many will be looking to Manchester City to lead the nation battle in this years competition. Guardiola still is waging a war on four fronts this season, with a cup final looming at the weekend, the Catalan tactician truly has demonstrated the mastery and profound impact a manager of his quality can have on a football club. Manchester City has been particularly ruthless this season, destroying opponents who fail to bring the game to them, with a ‘total football’ and fluid playing style they are constantly breaking through teams with ease. In Europe, they have been strong, failing only to beat Olympique Lyon twice, both home (draw) and away (loss).

Schalke 04 are going into this one with absolutely nothing to lose, they sit near the bottom of the Bundesliga, safe from relegation, but far from a realistic challenge for European qualification next season. Surely they will have to adopt an attacking style from the outset, utilise the 60,000 home fan advantage behind them, and try and disrupt the calm and precise nature of Manchester City’s build-up attacking play. There have been some decent performances from Schalke 04 this season in the Champions League, notably beating Galtasaray at home was a big win. But they certainly haven’t played an opponent of the same pedigree as Manchester City, it will be a tough task ahead of them at the Gelsenkirchen.

Team News

Manchester City are light in defence with the iconic Vincent Kompany, and Benjamin Mendy both out with long term injuries.

The goalkeeper for Man City, Claudio Bravo is also sidelined due to an achilles injury he sustained in August.

Schalke 04 will be without Benjamin Stambouli, who received a nasty facial injury a few weeks back.

Youngster Breel-Donald Embolo will also be unavailable for selection for Schalke due to a fractured metatarsal.

Expected Line-Ups:

Schalke 04 (4-3-2-1): Fährmann, Oczipka, Nastasić, Sané, Mascarell, Serdar, Harit, McKennie, Uth, Matondo, Kutucu
Subs: Bentaleb, Burgstaller, Bruma, Konoplyanka, Rudy, Teuchert, Langer
Injured: Caligiuri, Stambouli, Embolo
Not available:
Manchester City (4-5-1): Ederson, Stones, Zinchenko, Laporte, Fernandinho, D.Silva, De Bryune, Foden, Sterling, Sane, Aguero
Subs: Muric, Otamendi, G. Jesus, Diaz, B.Silva, Mahrez, Foden
Injured: Bravo, Mendy, Kompany
Doubtful: Delph, Gundogan
Not available:

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
27/11/2008 Europa League Schalke 04 0 – 2 Man City Mwaruwari 32’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

There surely is nothing that Schalke 04 can do to stop this onslaught of Manchester City. Still fighting a war on 4 fronts, Guardiola will be looking for a quick and comfortable lead to be taken here. Take Man City half-time/full-time for 8/11 at Betway.