Galatasaray vs Schalke SOCCER PICKS
Galatasaray and Schalke 04 meet at Türk Telekom Arena, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Group Stage). There is no recent record of direct confrontations between these two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The last time they met, on 12-03-2013, in a match that ended with the final score: Schalke 04 (2-3) Galatasaray. the Schalke 04 presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so that in this game the home factor may be decisive.
The home team comes to this 3rd round of Group D in the 3rd position, with 3 points won, after 1 win and 1 loss. In their first match in this group stage they won at home against Lokomotiv Moscow, by (3-0). In the 2nd round, they lost out to Porto by (1-0). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses in away matches, with 24 goals scored and 16 conceded; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 29 goals scored and 12 conceded. In the last match that they played, for the Süper Lig, they tied with Bursaspor at home (1-1). In the last 10 home matches Galatasaray has won 6, tied 1 and lost 3. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 25 of the last 27 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 6 games in which they suffered the first goal.
For this third round the Turkish team of Galatasaray arrives without losing two matches in a row for their competition, that is, the First Division of Turkey (Super League 18/19). In the group stage of the Champions League, the team still has chances to achieve the qualification, because at the moment it is only one point less than the first two classified teams of the group. In this confrontation the team must be aligned in 4-3-3, looking for defensive organization in this way and, through its versatile flyers, outings for the attack also by the flanks. The highlight of this team in this competition is on behalf of Garry Rodrigues, S. İnan and E. Derdiyok, all with a goal scored.
After 1 victories, 1 draw and 0 losses, the away team comes to this 3 rd round in the 2nd place of Group D, with 4 points won. On the previous day, they won against Lokomotiv Moscow by (0-1), after in the first match of this group stage they drew (1-1) at home against Porto. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses in away matches, with 21 goals scored and 13 conceded; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 18 goals scored and 13 conceded. In their last match, for the Bundesliga, they got a home loss against Werder Bremen by (0-2). In their last match away from home, for the Bundesliga, they won by (0-2) against Fortuna Düsseldorf. In the last 10 away matches Schalke 04 has won 6 and lost 4 matches. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches, so there are defensive processes that need improvement. In 11 games, he never got the comeback in the 6 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 7 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 3 of their 7 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
For this third round the German team of Schalke 04, after three victories for several competitions, ended in their last commitment being overtaken at home against Werder Bremen by 0-2 in a duel valid for the Bundesliga. But in this group stage his situation is more comfortable, because he finds himself with a point more than the opponent of this match. In this match the team must be aligned in 3-5-2, looking in this way, through their libero, defensive orientation, to disarm the opponent and create their offensive plays, as well as a midfield with players with scoring ability. We highlight B. Embolo and W. McKennie, both with a goal scored.