German side Schalke 04 host Premier League leaders Manchester City this Wednesday for the first-leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie.
Manchester City qualified for the last-16 of the Champions League by finishing top of Group F, only losing one game to Lyon during the group stages.
City are currently top of the Premier League with 65 points and come into this game on the back of a 4-1 FA Cup win over Newport County at the weekend with goals from Leroy Sane, two from Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez.
Pep Guardiola’s side claimed four wins from four games in February including the 6-0 thrashing of Chelsea and a 3-1 win against Arsenal.
Schalke haven’t had the best of seasons so far and find themselves lingering in the bottom half of the Bundesliga table in 14 place with 23 points. Schalke come into the game on the back of a goalless draw to Freiburg last Saturday, where they played with ten men for the majority of the game.
Schalke 04 are expected to be without Steven Skrzybski, Alessandro Schopf, Benjamin Stambouli and long-term absentee Breel Embolo.
Manchester City don’t appear to have any fresh injury concerns ahead of the game.
With the fire power that Manchester City possess I can’t see anything other than a City win here personally. Although I think it will be a tough game for City and likely only a single goal in it.
What are our readers predictions for Schalke 04 v Manchester City?
Predictions for Schalke 04 v Manchester City?
UEFA Champions League – Schalke 04 v Manchester City – 20:00
February 20th 2019
Current form(previous 7 fixtures including cup games)
Schalke 04 – D L W L D W W
Manchester City – W W W W L W W
Betfair are currently offering odds of 11/1 for Schalke 04 to win, 11/2 for a DRAW or 2/7 for Manchester City to win.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero who is also the clubs top scorer with 23 goals this season is 11/4 for first scorer v Schalke 04 or 8/15 to score anytime with Betfair.
Former Man City winger Rabbi Matondo who recently signed for Schalke 04 is 22/1 to score first vs his old club or 7/1 to score anytime with Betfair.
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