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Schalke 04 vs Manchester City
Champions League, Europe
Date: Wednesday, 20th February 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Manchester City’s favorite status in Europe will be tested this midweek as they face Schalke 04. The home team won’t make things easy for Pep Guardiola’s team though as Die Knappen are also aiming for victory.

Schalke 04 vs Manchester City Possible Lineups

Here are the possible lineups for both of teams as they prepare themselves for an intriguing Champions League fixture on midweek.  Let’s take a closer look at the probable lineups and formation that they could be preparing to help them achieving their target.

Schalke 04

Expected Formation: 4-2-3-1

Probable Lineups: Fahrmann(g)Caliguri, Nastasic, Sane, Oczipka(def);Rudy, Bentaleb(mid);Uth, McKennie, KonoPlyanka(att mid); Burgstaller(att)

Manchester City

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: Ederson(g);Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zichenko(def);De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D. Silva(mid);B. Silva, Aguero, Sterling(att)

Recent Form

Heading into this Wednesday UCL matchup, both teams have already been playing several matches both in their domestic cup competition and league. Let’s find out what type of results the two sides have been getting recently to have a clear idea about their current form.

Schalke 04

Recent form in all competition (last five matches): DLWLD

Schalke haven’t been performing to well of late as they only manage one win in their last five fixtures. During that run, they also suffered two defeats and picked up two draws.

Domenico Tedesco’s latest home fixture didn’t end in a satisfying fashion as they only drew 0-0 against Freiburg. Before that latest fixture, Die Knappen were beaten by Bayern Munich.

Manchester City

Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :LWWWW

City themselves have been continuing their fine form in 2019 with a run of four straight wins. After losing to Newcastle United back on January 30, Guardiola’s men were showing no mercy towards their opponents.

Man City’s latest result was a convincing 4-1 victory over Newport County in the FA Cup. The Premier League outfit will be aiming to maintain their recent run of good form on Wednesday.

Team News

Schalke 04

Tedesco have some injury concerns ahead of the match as his team are without Breel Embolo, Alessandro Schopf and Benjamin Stambouli. Meanwhile, Omar Mascarell is also unavailable for this midweek tie due to suspension.

Yevhen Konoplyanka is set to return into the starting line up after being left out last weekend. Guido Burgstaller is still not 100% fit but could also be considered to start against City.

Manchester City

City still have the same absentees for this midweek with Claudio Bravo, Vincent Kompany along with Benjamin Mendy all unlikely to feature. Aside from those three, everyone are available for Guardiola’s selection.

Sergio Aguero should play from the start in midweek after getting a rest in their FA Cup tie. Kevin De Bruyne also set to start in midfield along with Fernandinho and David Silva.

Head to Head Records:

Previous competitive meeting between both teams happened back during UEFA Cup in 2008, which was won by City 2-0.

Their upcoming two legged encounter will be their first matchup in the Champions League.

Match Prediction

In form Man City will be looking to take down their opponent immediately on Wednesday. Although it won’t be an easy task, but their excellent form can help them play with more confidence.

Schalke themselves are not in the best form recently, but they hope their strong home support can help them. Tedesco is hoping that his side can take away a positive result before traveling to Manchester.

Final Score: 1-2

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