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UEFA Champions League

  • February 20, 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul
  • Referee: W. Collum
  • • Attendance: 50734
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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

GALATASARAY

Muslera
Eboue, Nounkeu, Semih, Riera
Hamit, Felipe Melo, Selcuk
Sneijder
Drogba, Burak
SCHALKE

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

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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

Players to watch

B. Yılmaz

Position: Attacker

Games: 5

  • 2
  • 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.

B. Höwedes

Position: Defender

Games: 3

  • 1
  • 0
  • 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.

Editor's Prediction

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Galatasaray

Schalke 04

Wins
1
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Galatasaray SK GS
Galatasaray SK Galatasaray
Draw
FC Schalke 04 S04
FC Schalke 04 Schalke 04
74%
16%

Top 3 Predictions

Galatasaray SK GS
2 - 0
FC Schalke 04 S04
Galatasaray SK GS
2 - 1
FC Schalke 04 S04
Galatasaray SK GS
3 - 1
FC Schalke 04 S04

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