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February 20, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Türk Telekom Arena — Istanbul
Referee:‬ W. Collum‎
Attendance:‬ 50734‎

Galatasaray-Schalke Preview: All to play for in Istanbul

Both sides will be looking to assert themselves at the Turk Telekom Arena as they go in search of qualification for the last eight of the Champions League

By Enis Koylu



Eboue, Nounkeu, Semih, Riera
Hamit, Felipe Melo, Selcuk
Drogba, Burak

Hoger, Howedes, Matip, Fuchs
Jones, Neustadter
Farfan, Draxler, Bastos

Galatasaray are set to hand Didier Drogba his first start for the club, with the Ivorian having scored on his debut after coming off the bench on Friday against Akhisar.

However, Tomas Ujfalusi and Johan Elmander will miss out due to injury, while Emmanuel Eboue could come back in at right-back, with Sabri Sarioglu dropping to the bench.

Schalke, meanwhile, are expected to welcome back Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, with the Dutch striker having struggled with an eye injury in recent matches.

However, they will be without a host of big-name players, including Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Atsuto Uchida, Ibrahim Afellay and Ciprian Marica all missing out.

  • Galatasaray star Drogba scored just five minutes into his Super Lig debut on Friday. His last Champions League touch won Chelsea the competition.
  • Hamit Altintop (pictured, right) started his career at Schalke, and enjoyed spells at Bayern Munich and Real Madrid before moving to Istanbul.
  • Burak Yilmaz has scored six of his side's seven Champions League matches.
  • Schalke have not lost a Champions League match since their semi-final tie at Old Trafford in 2010-11.
  • The Veltins Arena club have won just once in 2013 - a 5-4 home triumph over Hannover on January 18.
  • Michel Bastos has scored three goals in as many games for Jens Keller's side since moving there from Olympique Lyonnais in January.

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Available Squads
25Néstor Muslera MicolGoalkeeper
-Dany NounkeuDefender
26Semih KayaDefender
55Sabri SarıoğluDefender
4Hamit AltıntopMidfielder
8Selçuk İnanMidfielder
3Felipe MeloMidfielder
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
17Burak YılmazStriker
11Didier DrogbaStriker
77Eray İşcanGoalkeeper
22Hakan BaltaDefender
27Emmanuel EboueDefender
35Yekta KurtuluşMidfielder
52Emre ÇolakMidfielder
19Umut BulutStriker
-Nordin AmrabatStriker
Players to Watch
Burak Yılmaz
Burak Yılmaz
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
6 0 0 0
All eyes will inevitably be on Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder on Wednesday, but it was Burak Yilmaz who led to their charge to the knockout stages of the Champions League, and he will be eager to reassert himself as top dog.
Benedikt Höwedes
Benedikt Höwedes
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
10 0 2 0
As Schalke stumble more and more, the need for the skipper to showcase his leadership qualities, particularly at the back. Galatasaray's supporters will do their best to create an intimidating atmosphere, and the Germany defender will be needed to steady the ship.
Galatasaray will be encouraged by Schalke's appalling run of form, which has seen them win just once since the start of November, and, backed by their raucous home support, should be able to claim a first-leg lead.
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