Lokomotiv Moscow – Schalke SOCCER PICKS
Lokomotiv Moscow and Schalke 04 face each other in Stadion Lokomotiv, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Group Stage). This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never faced each other before. Attention to the home factor, since the Lokomotiv Moscow usually conquers different results at home and abroad.
The home team arrives at this 2nd day of Group D after a defeat in its opening in this group stage, against Galatasaray, by (3-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 15 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 5 wins, 7 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 12 goals scored and 14 conceded. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Terek Grozny by (2-0). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Lokomotiv Moscow have won 4, tied 4 and lost 2. The team allowed goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack He has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 22 of the last 52 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 34 out of 52 have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 13 games, they suffered the first goal 7 times and only managed 2 comebacks.
In this second commitment for the Champions League, the Lokomotiv Moscow comes occupying the last position of their group, after having started with a defeat. On the other hand, he arrives optimistic, because he comes from two victories for his competitions, that is, a triumph for the Cup and also for the First Division of his country. We remember that the First Division alternated between three wins, three draws and three defeats. In this match, the team must be aligned in 4-2-3-1, looking for defensive organization and outings for the attack through the flanks. It is necessary to mention that one of its main qualities is related to aerial duels and also shots from afar. We highlight midfielder Manuel Fernandes and forward F. Smolov, both up to now with two goals scored by the Russian championship (Premier League 18/19).
The visiting team arrives at this 2nd day of Group D after a draw in its opening in this group stage, against elPorto, by (1-1). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses in away matches, with 21 goals scored and 15 conceded; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 19 goals scored and 11 conceded. In their last match, for the Bundesliga, they got a home win against Mainz 05 by (1-0). In the last 10 away matches Schalke 04 has won 4, tied 1 and lost 5. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches.
After the tie in his first commitment, Schalke 04 arrives slightly better positioned than his opponent, that is, he is currently in the third position of the group. It is important to note that after six games without victories for their competitions, ie Bundesliga and Champions League, finally in their last commitment triumphed against Mainz 1-0 in a duel valid for the German League of 18/19. We remember that the team won only one match in the six contested so far for their competition. In this confrontation the team must be aligned in 3-4-1-2, that is, they will act with three defenders and a midfield looking for the exits by the flanks, also looking for collective attacks. As strong points the team also presents the aerial duels and the creation of plays to finish off from a distance. We highlight striker B. Embolo, who scored the only goal of the team in the current season of the Champions League.