Manchester City is ready to host Schalke at the Etihad Stadium in the second leg of the round-of-1 in the Champions League. The English champions made a terrific comeback in the first leg to defeat the German side by 3-2 on their home turf. Schalke knows that their trip to Manchester can turn into a nightmare as the hosts have scored 18 goals in their last five home games. Manchester City has the edge over their opponents heading into this crucial tie.
Manchester City has undoubtedly transformed the way football is played, with Pep Guardiola at the helm. Their recent performances also prove why they are a notch above the rest of the European teams. The hosts will be confident enough to see this game through in front of their home crowd after their sensational victory in the first leg. Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling struck deep in the dying minutes of the game to take their team over the line. Their undisputable home-record shows that this fortress will not be easy to breach for the German side.
Schalke have an uphill task ahead of them when they visit Etihad stadium for the second-leg tonight. However, Football is all about believing in your team, and we are in for another Champions League classic. The visitors have to maintain a formidable defense to frustrate the Cityzens during the passage of the game. It’s certain they will get their chances, but they have to make it count if they want to stay alive in this tournament. However, with a three-away goal’s deficit, it is highly unlikely for them to seal their quarter-final berth in the Champions League.
Date: Wednesday, 13th March 2019
Time: 01:30 AM IST
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
League: Champions League
Live Telecast: Sony Network
Online Streaming: Sonyliv (Website, App)
Played – 4
Manchester City Wins – 3
FC Schalke 04 – 1
- Otamendi has been suspended for this fixture.
- John Stones is set to fill the void at the back for the hosts.
- De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo have all been sidelined due to their respective injuries.
- Alessandro Schopf, Omar Mascarell and Daniel Caligiuri will be crunch game following their injury concerns.
Probable Playing XI
Manchester City – Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Kompany, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, David Silva; Sane, Aguero, Sterling.
Schalke – Fahrmann; Riether, Bruma, Nastasic, Sane, Oczipka; Bentaleb, Serdar; Mendyl, Embolo, McKennie.