Manchester City vs Schalke 04
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 12th March 2019
Kick-off at 20.00 UK/ 21.00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
Will this be the year that Pep goes the distance? He has turned the Manchester side into one of the best in Europe, despite lacking the presence of any major superstar. Even the brave assault of Jurgen Klopp and his boys for the Premier League titles seems like won’t be enough against the Blues.
In the first leg of this tie, it seemed like the English side was facing disaster. After getting on the scoresheet early, thanks to Kun Aguero, the Blues conceded twice in the first half. And then halfway into the latter half, Nicolas Otamendi was sent off by the referee. It looked like an early goodbye for Pep and his boys, but five minutes to full time, they came alive.
With some spectacular passing, and team play, City scored two goals in five minutes to take the win, as well as the advantage of three away goals.
Ever since, life’s been tough for the German side, Schalke. They have not won a single game after they faced off against Manchester. Now, they travel to England, in hopes of overturning a one-goal lead, and a three-away-goal advantage.
City won all their games against this opponent in the last two decades.
Manchester has scored two or more goals in every single game during this period.
Even at their home, Schalke has not been able to draw, let alone win against the English league-toppers.
Before this tie, Manchester took on Schalke in a Europa League fixture, and even then City recorded a win of 0-2 over this side.
Even when the first leg is disregarded, Pep’s side has a massive advantage over their visitors. The team won their last nine matches in a row, and 17 of their last 18. At home, they repeated the feat in the last nine attempts in succession, and in 21 of their last 23 tries. And amazingly, the squad recorded two or more goals in 21 of their last 23 home ties. Even better, they registered three or more goals in seven of their last eight home fixtures.
On the other hand, Schalke is on a losing streak of four games, and on a winless streak of six. On the road, they have managed to win just once in their last ten trips. They also conceded three or more goals in their last three away ties and two or more in seven of their last ten.
SOurce : leaguelane.com