Schalke vs Manchester City
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen.
Schalke have a poor record at Champions League round of 16 and this is set to repeat with the draw against an inform Manchester City.
The Citizens, despite starting the tournament with a surprise 1-2 loss to Lyon, ended up winning the group by bagging 4 wins and 1 win from the next 5.
Pep Guardiola’s men were impressive in home games this season and are scoring goals for fun at the moment and average 5.5 goals in the last 5.
This is certainly bad news for teams heading to the Etihad for the second leg of double legged tie. And this is the main reason the Citizens are bookies’ favorites to win the Champions League this season.
Schalke are reaching the round of 16 for the first time since 2014/15 and they failed to progress beyond this stage for a third time back then.
Now, the history is set to repeat for Schalke, with this tie with the Premier League side arriving at the worst time. They struggled to string together positive results in 2019 and won none of the last four Bundesliga games. The head-coach Domenico Tedesco is a worried man after seeing his defense conceding 7 goals in the process.
Is the Gelsenkirchen based outfit braced for a humiliation at their home turf this Wednesday?
Schalke vs Manchester City Head-to-head
The teams are meeting for a fourth time in UEFA competitions this Wednesday.
Their latest head-to-head match happened in the 2008 UEFA cup group stage resulting in a 2-0 win for the City.
The latter dates to 1970 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup semifinal. Citizens had the last laugh then as well with a thumping 5-1 win at home after losing the away leg 1-0.
Schalke vs Manchester City Prediction
If you compare the current form of both sides, Schalke are hardly a match for the Sky Blues.
Domenico Tedesco’s men are low on confidence after long weeks without a win in the Bundesliga and are finding it hard to keep opposition forwards away from their goal-line.
Those who watched Schalke’s abysmal display in the 0-0 draw against Freiburg this weekend knows this is going to be a tough task to keep free scoring City at bay on Wednesday.
This has a comfortable home win written all over it, but for punters there are better options since the Man City is too short on odds.
Manchester City are a team focusing too much in attack and this can leave few gaps at the back. We have already seen the likes of Lyon and Hoffenheim bagging goals against the Sky Blues and thus our top pick for this fixture is btts. This automatically opens our next best tip, which is a City win with Over 2.5 total match goals.
Schalke vs Manchester City Betting Tips
Both teams to Score @ Evens (2.00)
Man City & Over 2.5 goals @ 4/5 (1.80).