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Sporting CP vs Schalke04 11/05/2014 UEFA Champions League Preview, Odds and Prediction

Schalke04 vsSporting CP

Wednesday 5th November 2014 19:45(GMT)

The Line: Sporting 4/5 Draw 5/2 Schalke04 3/1 See the Latest Odds

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What should be a cracking game in Portugal will define whether or not Sporting can still qualify for the knockout stages. A win for the home side will leave them a point behind Schalke in the Group standings but a loss will eliminate the portugese from progressing if Chelsea get a point in Maribor. Nani is the key player for Sporting, the loanee from Manchester United has only scored two goals in eight league games but has been their best player in Europe and opened the scoring in Schalke two weeks ago. Along with Adrian Silva , Nani is the best threat that Sporting have going forward. Monetro and Slimani menawhile will be the strikers who feed off Nani and Silva's passing but both have struggledi n Europe this season and it may well come down to  the talent of Nani.

Schalke have started to improve defensively under Roberto Di Mateo but they shipped three goals against Sporting in the reverse fixture two weeks ago. The key men for Schalke will be Draxler and Huntelaar as the attacking threat through the center. While Schalke have improved defensively they still look capable of conceding especially against a quick counter attack such as the one Sporting possess.

Sporting CP vs Schalke04 11/05/2014 UEFA Champions League Preview, Odds and Prediction

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This could be a great game. I doubt we see a repeat of the 4-3 goalfest from two weeks ago but there is no evidence to suggest we wont at least see three or four goals. I am taking the overs in one of the games I will personally be sitting down to watch.

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