Schalke 04 vs Manchester City
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 12, 2019, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Manchester City -600/Draw +750/Schalke +1800, Over/Under:
Manchester City will host Schalke at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League tie. Manchester City currently lead the tie 3-2 after they won the first leg in Germany.
Manchester City have been in very good form over the past few weeks as they have regained top spot on the Premier League ladder. In their last match, Manchester City beat Watford 3-1 at home. It was a comfortable win for Manchester City as the team controlled 72% of the ball and had 9 shots on target. Raheem Sterling was the key performer for Manchester City as he scored a hat-trick. As it currently stands, Manchester City lead the tie by 1 goal and have 2 away goals so the team should be feeling confident about their chances of qualifying for the quarterfinals.
On the other side of the coin, Schalke enter this match in horrific form. Schalke have lost all 3 matches since the first leg and the team is now fighting to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga. In their last match, Schalke were beaten 4-2 by Werder Bremen. It was a poor performance by Schalke as they had less possession and fewer shots when compared to Bremen. The loss means that Schalke are 14th on the Bundesliga ladder with only 3 points between them and the relegation zone. With domestic form being so poor, Schalke will find it hard to get an away win in the Champions League.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Manchester City to win this match and secure a spot in the quarterfinals. Schalke and Manchester City have contrasting form and it is very surprising that the first leg was as close as it was. Manchester City are a much stronger team and I see them easily beating Schalke at home.