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Schalke vs Manchester City Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

1:01 PM GMT 19/02/2019
Sergio Aguero Manchester City
With Tedesco's team looking weak at the back and blunt up front, Al Hain-Cole expects Guardiola's Citizens to ease to victory at the Veltins Arena

Schalke will need to make home advantage count when Manchester City visit the Veltins Arena in Wednesday's Champions League clash.

Domenico Tedesco's team are serious underdogs for this tie as they struggle down in 14th place in the Bundesliga, although they are unbeaten in their last nine European matches in front of their own fans.

Latest odds

Having gone four matches without a win in the league, they are priced at 10/1 (11.00) with William Hill to give their seemingly slim chances of progression a boost with a shock victory here.

The Citizens have actually lost five of their eight Champions League knockout games away from home, but are still 27/100 (1.27) favourites to put one foot in the quarter-finals by coming out on top in this one.

Just one of the guests' last 18 matches in this competition has resulted in a draw, but there are odds of 5/1 (6.00) available on them being held to a stalemate.

Team news

Breel Embolo and Steven Skrzybski remain out despite returning to training, while Alessandro Schopf is a long-term injury absentee and Omar Mascarell is suspended.

Benjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany are doubtful for Pep Guardiola's team, with Claudio Bravo still sidelined. Gabriel Jesus and John Stones missed training on Tuesday and have been ruled out of the trip to Germany.

Fragile Schalke

Having qualified from the group stages despite scoring just five times in six games - the lowest return of any side left in the competition - it is fair to say Schalke were fairly reliant on a backline that kept four clean sheets.

However, that resilient streak seems to have abandoned them considering they have conceded at least once in 13 of their last 15 fixtures, while they have scored more than once themselves in just five of those 15.

This combination of fragile defence and blunt attack does not bode well for a game against the English champions, who have scored 44 goals and conceded only four in their previous 11 matches.

Predictions

Indeed, odds of 7/10 (1.70) actually appear fairly generous on City winning by at least two clear goals against struggling Schalke.

Man City -1 to win at 7/10 (1.70) for a 2.5pt stake with William Hill