Schalke vs Galatasaray
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 6 November 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: VELTINS-Arena (Gelsenkirchen).
Galatasaray were lucky to have saved a point two weeks ago when they hosted German runners-up Schalke at Turk Telekom Stadyumu. Cimbom held on to a goalless draw thanks to both Fernando Muslera and referee Benoit Bastien.
The likes of Yevhen Konoplyanka and Breel Empolo were both brought down inside the penalty area, but Bastien pointed “play on” seeing none of these tackles harsh enough for a penalty-spot claim. Furthermore, Fernando Muslera showed class in a double save from Schalke striker Embolo right after the interval. The Uruguayan keeper scored an own-goal before the hour-mark, but the referee further compounded Domenico Tedesco’s frustration calling for an offside.
The Miners will have a new chance to see off the Turkish champions on Tuesday evening when the two teams are set for the reverse fixture at VELTINS-Arena in Gelsenkirchen.
Schalke vs Galatasaray: Head-to-head
The two teams met each other three times over the course of history.
Schalke advanced when they played Galata in the last 16 round of the 2012/13 UCL campaign thanks to a 2-3 win in the reverse fixture in Istanbul.
The first leg of the mentioned tie saw a 1-1 draw in Gelsenkirchen.
Schalke vs Galatasaray: Prediction
The Miners may have been struggling badly in Bundesliga so far in the season, but their Champions League performances were way above the domestic level. They won one and drew two of three games so far and have a nice chance to make an enormous step towards the knockout stage with a home win over Fatih Terim’s Galatasaray on Tuesday.
Yevhen Konoplyanka showed a phenomenal display when the two teams met in Istanbul and we see the Ukrainian midfielder as a potential difference maker here (either with a goal or an assist). Based on what we saw form the match at Turk Telekom Stadyumu, Domenico Tedesco’s troops are heavy favourites and we would be very surprised by any other scenario than a straightforward affair for the hosts here.
Schalke vs Galatasaray: Bet Tips
Schalke to win @ 1.57 (4/7)
HT/FT Schalke/Schalke @ 2.37 (11/8).