On 12.03.2009 the second legs of the UEFA Champions League will take place in England. Manchester City is also playing against FC Schalke 04 on this day. This match will take place in Manchester at Etihad Stadium. The omens in this encounter could not be more different.
Manchester City is a big favourite in this game and even the most daring optimists do not expect a chance in the German runner-up. In the first leg, which was held in Gelsenkirchen. The team of FC Schalke 04 was subject but only very narrowly by two late goals. In the first leg, the Schalke 04 were able to keep up for a long time and provide some positive surprises. In the end, though, Manchester City lost even in the last few minutes and won the game by 3:2. The current form of the two teams could not be more different. Manchester City is fighting for the English Premier League and can claim one victory after another in the league with very strong performances.
It can, therefore, be said absolutely that the team of coach Pep Guardiola is in very good shape. Contrary, however, is the case with FC Schalke 04. The runner-up from last season has suffered some serious defeats lately and coach Domenico Tedesco is near the Gelsenkirchen just before the end. The guests even lost the last games clearly and clearly against supposedly weaker opponents.
The negative climax in this defeat series was undoubtedly the hearty 0:4 defeat against promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf. If the visiting team wants to take something countable from Manchester, a 100% increase in performance must take place in all parts of the team. One reason for a little hope, however, is the sometimes good performance from the first leg. FC Schalke 04 will only have to do without the Austrian Alessandro Schöpf. At Manchester City, Kevin de Bruyne and Fernandinho are unlikely to be available.
However, the tendency in this encounter is clearly in the direction of many goals and accordingly, the betting recommendation is also on. Over 1.5 Goals in the first half-time it looks quite good for us, that’s why we tempted to put five stakes.
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