Schalke04 vs Sporting CP 10/21/2014 Free UEFA Champions League Pick and Preview
Sporting CP vs Schalke04
Tuesday 21st October 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Schalke 04 9/10 Draw 5/2 Sporting CP 7/2 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports 5
Schalke will be looking to continue their winning start under new manager Roberto Di Mateo, the man who led Chelsea to Champions League success in 2012. Klass Jan Huntelaar and Julian Draxler both found the net in a 2-0 win at the weekend in Di Mateo's first game in charge. What was impressive though was the defensive stability that has been missing thus far this year, Schalke getting just their second clean sheet of the season. wIth a talented squad Di Mateo will be hoping to push the club back up the Bundesliga table and qualification from the Champions League group, they surely must get a win at home against Sporting if that goal is to be achieved.
Sporting while sitting in fourth in the Portugese league are actually unbeaten domestically and had a good win over Porto in the Cup at the weekend. The addition of Nani in the summer was a big scoop for Sporting. Nani while a frustrating figure at Old Trafford is a supremely talented winger. Sporting played well in the 1-0 loss to Chelsea and were unlucky maybe not to get on teh scoresheet with a number of chances falling to strikers but not being taken.Slimani and Carillo have found their coring boots of late though and a trip to Germany to take on a struggling Schalke defence could be an interesing encounter.
I am taking both teams to score here. I think that both teams have talent going forward but Schalke may have just a little more and home advantage. I think Sporting with Nani can find the net. Take both teams to score and follow me on twitter@antonpippo