Schalke 04 vs Manchester City
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 20, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Manchester City -350/Draw +550/Schalke +1000, Over/Under:
The German side, Schalke 04 have made it into the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League. At this stage of the tournament, Schalke 04 will host Manchester City as both teams play the opening leg of the tie.
Schalke 04 have had a horrid season in their domestic league and currently 14th in the Bundesliga. In their previous game, Schalke 04 only managed a 0-0 draw against SC Freiburg at home. In their last 5 games, Schalke 04 have only won once which means that team enters this match in very poor form. As it currently stands, Schalke 04 are still not safe from avoiding relegation so it is hard to see how the team can turn its focus to the Champions League.
On the other side of the field, Manchester City enter this match in supreme form. In their last Premier League match, Manchester City won 6-0 against Chelsea which shows the quality of the team. Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero both look in incredible form and the defence has also been very effective lately. Winning this leg will ensure that Manchester City will be heavily favoured to make the last 8 so I am expected Pep Guardiola to play a very strong team for this clash.
The last time that Schalke 04 and Manchester City played against each other was in 2008 in the UEFA Europa League. On that occasion, Manchester City won 2-0.
Schalke 04 have been in very poor form and it is going to be very hard for the German side to turn their fortunes around against Manchester City. Manchester City have looked very strong all season and the team is attacking and defending extremely well as a unit. With these two teams having very contrasting seasons, I see Manchester City winning this match away from home.