Manchester City vs Schalke 04
Champions League, Europe
Date: Tuesday, 13th March 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Taking a 3-2 lead from the first leg, Manchester City are aiming to secure their passage into the next stage. Pep Guardiola’s men will be keen on grabbing another Champions League fixture over Schalke, this time at Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City vs Schalke 04 Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare for an interesting Champions League clash. Let’s take a deeper look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them achieving their target.
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Ederson(g)Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko(def);B.Silva, Gundogan, D. Silva(mid);Sterling, Aguero, L. Sane(att).
Expected Formation: 5-4-1
Probable Lineups: Fahrmann(g)Mattondo, Stambouli, S. Sane, Nastasic, Oczipca(def)McKennie, Serdar, Bentaleb, Mendyl(mid);Uth(att).
Before heading into this midweek UCL second leg battle, both teams have already been involved in several matches. Let’s check out the results that they have been getting recently to have an idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WWWWW
Despite having a really tight schedule, Man City have been able to put on such excellent run of form. Pep Guardiola’s men have been winning their last few matches, including their latest 3-1 victory against Watford.
Guardiola’s side will face another tricky test in midweek, but they remain keen on winning. Having a 3-2 lead on aggregate gives City an advantage, but they must not rest on their laurels.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :DLLLL
In contrast to City, The Royal Blues have been in an awful form of late, especially after their first leg loss. Domenico Tedesco’s men have loss all of their league matches after their 3-2 defeat against City.
Schalke suffered defeats against Mainz, Fortuna Dusseldorf and Werder Bremen. Those results are not a good morale preparation ahead of their travel to Etihad.
City might be in an excellent form, but they also have some injury and absentee for Tuesday match. Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones won’t be available due to injury issues.
Meanwhile, Nicolas Otamendi along with Fernandinho are out as they’re suspended. Fortunately, Aymeric Laporte and Fabian Delph are ready to make their return into the pitch this midweek.
The Bundesliga outfit also experiencing injury problems just before their midweek second leg clash. Daniel Caliguri, Omar Mascarell and Alessandro Schopf are not available because of their injuries.
Those absentee might force Tedesco to play Rabbi Matondo from kick off on Wednesday. Mark Uth set to be plotted as the main striker up front with Nabil Bentaleb supporting at every possible moment.
Head to Head Records:
The two previous encounter between both sides, including their first leg meeting have gone in City’s favor as they won both.
Playing at home, Guardiola’s men will try to take down their opponent as soon as possible. Having such a tight schedule might give some tiredness issue for City players, but they have been coping well.
Throwing away two goals lead in the first leg, Schalke remain hopeful that they can cause problems at Etihad. Tedesco’s men must try to play a more aggressive football next Tuesday.
Final Score: 2-0