Schalke vs Manchester City: prediction for the UEFA Champions League play-off round match
The match between Schalke and Manchester City on February 20, 2019 will be the final one in the first round of the 1/8 finals. The match at the Veltins Arena stadium will start at 23:00 Moscow time.Schalke Gelsenkirhentsy got into an equal group, where they played against: Porto, Galatasaray and Moscow Lokomotiv. The Germans did not start their performances very well, the first match against Porto (1:1) ended in a draw. Then there was a victory against Lokomotiv (0:1) and a draw with Galatasaray (0:0). Such results could not suit Tedesco’s wards, because in such a situation every point counted. They managed to correct the situation in the second round, the Pitmen defeated Lokomotiv (1:0) for the second time and defeated Galatasaray (2:0). Only Porto remained undefeated, to which the Blues lost the second match with a score of 3:1, which is why they failed to cling to the first place. Schalke made it to the playoffs from second place, finishing the group stage five points behind the Portuguese. Looking at the game of the Gelsenkirchens in the new season, it is not enough to believe in their victory in the Schalke-Manchester City match. The hosts are failing the new league season, in the Bundesliga the Pitmen are only in 14th position, and are closer to the relegation zone than to the European Cup places. The last games also do little to please the fans of the “blue”, the team lost two last matches to Borussia Mönchengladbach (0:2) and Bayern (3:1). Manchester City “Citizens” again came across not the strongest group, their rivals in the quartet F were: Lyon, Shakhtar and Hoffenheim. Despite the status of the favorite, Guardiola’s wards were already defeated in the first round, in which they sensationally lost to Lyon (1:2) at home. The loss forced the coaching staff to make the right decisions. Further on the path of the “sky blue” were Hoffenheim (1:2) and Shakhtar (0:3), but they did not create problems for the British. The second round turned out to be almost identical for City, the “citizens” beat Shakhtar (6:0) and Hoffenheim (2:1), but again lost points with Lyon (2:2). The result – the first line for the “sky blue”. The Mancunians rarely lose points in the Premier League. Guardiola’s team has come out of a bad period and is gaining momentum again. City’s excellent form is demonstrated by their results, the “citizens” defeated Arsenal (3:1) and Chelsea (6:0), thanks to which they returned to the title race, almost catching up with Liverpool. Odds for the match Schalke – Manchester City on February 20, 2019 Bookmakers from the Pari-Match company do not believe in the home team at all, giving full advantage to the English guests. Odds for the match Schalke – Manchester City: Schalke win – 9.70; Draw – 6.00; Manchester City win – 1.30. Schalke – Manchester City: Schalke match prediction is in terrible shape, unlike their next opponent. Guests should not leave chances to the opponent and take a positive result before the return game. Forecast for the match Schalke – Manchester City: Manchester City will score in both halves, the odds are 1.88, or the bet on the victory of City without conceding goals, the odds is 2.17.