By the time this week comes to a close, we will know the 8 teams that will be in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Four teams have already punched their tickets after a thrilling couple of days of football last week. The one that stands out in the earlier games was Manchester United overhauling an 0-2 first-leg deficit with a 3-1 win on the road against one of the tournament favorites PSG. Another stunner saw Ajax thumping the defending champions Real Madrid, ensuring that we will have a new champion this year.
One team that must now feel as though they have a real shot at winning it all is Manchester City, who look like a good bet to move on to the final 8 on Tuesday afternoon. They picked up a 3-2 win in Germany in the opening leg, leaving Schalke 04 a mountain to climb in Manchester in the return leg. Manchester City is strong favorites in the second leg and is favored by 2 ½. The O/U for this one has been set at 3 ½, all of which suggests that the bookies believe we are looking at a one-sided game here.
Manchester City vs Schalke 04 UEFA Champions League Odds & Game Info
- When: Tuesday, March 12 at 4 PM EST
- Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
- TV: FS1
- Radio: UEFA.com
- Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
- UEFA Champions League Odds: Manchester City -1118 (Total 3.5)
Why bet on Manchester City?City looked to be in a bit of trouble in the opening leg, going behind twice before scoring a couple of late goals to secure a 3-2 road win. That late double changed the entire complexion of this tie, taking Schalke from a manageable position to one that looks impossible. This is a City team that is absolutely ruthless, so look for them to come out early and get the goal that would almost certainly be a killer blow.
That said, they will be looking at what their cross-city rivals achieved last week and will be well aware that they cannot take this game for granted. City is in fantastic form right now and has surged their way back to the top of the EPL. Their home record is impeccable in the league, winning 15 and losing just 1 while scoring 53 and surrendering 12 goals.
- 4-V. Kompany
- 2-K. Walker
- 14-A. Laporte
- 21-D. Silva
- 8-İ. Gündoğan
- 17-K. De Bruyne
- 20-B. Silva
- 10-S. Agüero
- 7-R. Sterling
Why bet on Schalke 04?The fact that Schalke was even able to get this far in the Champions League is probably a bit of a surprise to fans that follow the Bundesliga closely. The Germans have not been particularly good this season and are now sitting down in 14th, just 4 points above the relegation zone.
Including that loss to City in the first leg, Schalke is now on a run that has seen them lose 4 in a row. You actually need to go all the way back to January 20 to find the last time that they won a game, so we are probably looking at a team that is very low in confidence. In league play, Schalke has struggled on the road, going 2-4-7 and picking up just 10 points, while scoring 14 and surrendering 23.
- 1-R. Fährmann
- 24-B. Oczipka
- 27-J. Bruma
- 5-M. Nastasić
- 26-S. Sané
- 3-H. Mendyl
- 18-D. Caligiuri
- 10-N. Bentaleb
- 8-S. Serdar
- 2-W. McKennie
- 7-M. Uth
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Manchester City vs Schalke 04As Manchester United proved last week, strange things can happen in this tournament. I would be stunned, though, if Schalke were able to turn this one around. I am looking at a comfortable win for City, where they cover the spread.
Score: Manchester City 3 – Schalke 0