Maribor vs Schalke 04 12/10/2014 UEFA Champions League Preview, Odds and Prediction
Schalke04 vs Maribor
Wednesday 10th December 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Maribor 15/4 Draw 14/5 Schalke04 4/5 See the Latest Odds
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Maribor will look to get their first ever win in the Group stages of the Champions League when they host Schalke on Wednesday night. Maribor have managed three draws from five games which is impressive when you consider the teams involved Schalke, Sporting and Chelsea are all big name European clubs steeped in European history especially over the last decade. Maribor have some quality players and a really solid defence. Bohar, Zahovic and Tavares will be the biggest threat up front for Maribor but they are facing up to a Schalke team that have started to hit form.
Schalke really turned it on domestically in the last two games with eight goals in two games and two hat tricks one for Huntelaar and one for Choupo-Moting. Roberto Di Mateo will be hoping his old side Chelsea can beat Sporting CP and open up the possibility for Schalke to go through to the knockout stages. A win here is a must for Schalke, who as previously mentioned have just started to hit form.
I cant get away from this one, I am taking the away side here at 4/5. Maribor actually have been very impressive at home and they will not roll over here but I feel that Schalke with their experience and deeper squad will get the win they need here at a generous price. I will probably roll the dice on Schalke -1 as well even though Maribor have been great defensively I think Schalke have to get the win and will push for a second to make things secure.