Schalke – Manchester City SOCCER PICKS
Schalke 04 and Manchester City meet at Veltins-Arena, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals). There is no record of direct confrontations between these two teams in the last 3 years. The last match was played on 27-11-2008 and ended with the score: Schalke 04 (0-2) Manchester City. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since Schalke 04 presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team reaches this stage of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals) after having finished the group stage in the 2nd position of Group D, with 11 points won. 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, 6 draws and 6 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played for the Bundesliga, they tied with Freiburg at home, by (0-0). Schalke 04 has won 5, tied 2 and lost 3 of the last 10 home matches. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 5 of the last 6 matches for this competition.
The Schalke 04 part for this game with a draw, 0-0, in the reception to Freiburg, adding in this way the second game followed without winning official matches. In the group stage of the Champions League, the German club finished second in Group D, with 11 points won. The club of the house usually acts in a 4-3-3, privileging a style of game of constant transitions, in which the three most advanced players are Matondo, Kutucu and Konoplianka. One of the strengths of the local set is in the way it attacks through rapid transitions. Nabil Bentaleb is the best score of Schalke 04 in official games, with 6 goals scored. Coach Domenico Tedesco can not count on Schopf and Stambouli, for being injured.
The visiting team reaches this stage of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals) after having finished the group stage in the 1st position of Group F, with 13 points won. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches he has 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses as a visitor; against 14 victories and 1 loss at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a win away with Newport County by (1-4). In the last 10 away matches Manchester City has won 7 and lost 3. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in all of the last 6 matches for this competition. There is a tendency for goals in their away matches, since 26 of the last 30 matches they have played have ended with Over 1,5 goals. This is a team that usually does not feel difficult to open the scoring: it scored the first goal in 15 of the last 15 games, of these 15 reached the halftime lead in 12 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 12 In the last 20 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 6 of their 14 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The Manchester City comes to this game motivated, after having won by 1-4 in the displacement to the field of Newport, in a game to count for the Cup of England. To reach this stage of the Champions League, the English finished in the 1st position of Group F, with 13 points won. The outsider club usually acts in a 4-3-3, in which the three responsible for throwing the panic in the opposing defense are Leroy Sané, Sterling and Aguero: the last mentioned athlete is the best marker of Manchester City in official competitions, with 23 goals scored. Thus, despite acting outside the home, we believe that the English club will adopt a more offensive stance, taking into account that it presents more individual and collective quality. For this match the visiting coach can not count on Kompany and Mangala, both injured.