5/1 Man City or 66/1 Schalke 04 to win
Manchester City vs Schalke 04 betting preview
Man City have won 16 and lost only one of their last 18 matches in all competitionsManchester City are in firm control of the tie after coming from 2-1 behind to win 3-2 the first leg match in Germany. Pep Guardiola's men enter this clash on the back of a comfortable 3-1 win over Watford at the weekend. That was their third straight victory in the Premier League since the first leg. The quadruple-chasers also won the Carabao Cup in that period and have conceded just one goal in those four games. It is worth considering that the Citizens have lost both of their last two knockout matches in the Champions League at the Etihad Stadium, both 2-1 defeats to Basel in March 2018 and Liverpool in April 2018
John Stones and Kevin De Bruyne are expected to remain absent while key midfield man Fernandinho is also nursing a muscle injury and Nicolas Otamendi is suspended. Vincent Kompany is expected to retain his starting berth in defense while Ilkay Gundogan should feature from the off in midfield, flanked by Bernardo and David Silva. The likes of Leroy Sanè and Raheem Sterling are favourite over Riyad Mahrez to start out wide in attack, with Sergio Aguero in the central forward position. Anyway, Gabriel Jesus is back in contention and could play at some stage.
Schalke are struggling having failed to win their last six, losing fiveSchalke 04 are just four points above the relegation playoff spot in Bundesliga after losing five of their last six domestica matches, including a 4-2 defeat at Werder Bremen over the weekend. They have conceded 11 times in three matches since the first leg. Anyway, Domenico Tedesco's men have only lost two of their seven Champions League matches this season, having collected 11 points in the group stage to finish above Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow in second place, before nearly pulling off a shock first-leg win over the Citizens few weeks ago.
Key man Daniel Caligiuri has joined Alessandro Schopf on the sidelines while Omar Mascarell is a major doubt and will be assessed ahead of the kick-off. Elsewhere, Benjamin Stambouli is in contention to replace Jeffrey Bruma in the three man defense. Suat Serdar and Nabil Bentaleb should anchor the midfield with Breel Embolo and Steven Skrzybski likely to support the lone striker Guido Burgstaller upfront. Weston McKennie is in line for a start on the right-hand side, with Hamza Mendyl on the opposite flank.
30/1 Manchester City to beat Schalke 04
Manchester City vs Schalke 04 Starting LineupsManchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko; Bernardo, Gundogan, David Silva; Sane, Aguero, Sterling
Schalke 04 (3-4-2-1): Fahrmann; Stambouli, Sane, Nastasic; McKennie, Serdar, Bentaleb, Mendyl; Embolo, Skrzybski; Burgstaller
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