Preview - Galatasaray vs Schalke 25 October 18

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Champions' League Group D
Galatasaray vs. Schalke
Thursday, October 25th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Türk Telekom Stadı

Last five matches form: L W L W D
Average goals per match: 1.89
Average goals against per match: 1.11
Top Scorer: Eren Derdiyok (4)

Last five matches form: L W W W L
Average goals per match: 0.62
Average goals against per match: 1.38
Top Scorer: Five players on one goal

Just one pointy separates Galatasaray and Schalke in Group D in the Champions League, making this clash in Turkey a big game for both sides.

Schalke are yet to beat Galatasaray. Losing 3-1 at home back in 2013, with their only previous game here ending in a 1-1 draw.

Henry Onyekuru and Emre Akbaba miss out for the home side. Schalke have a whole host of players facing late fitness tests - around eight in all - but Cedric Teuchert is the only confirmed absentee at present.

Galatasaray have struggled in this competition for some time now, with only two wins in their past 16 Champions League games. They can be a very tough nut to crack in front of their own fans though with just four defeats in their past 36 games on their own turf in all competitions.

Schalke began the current Bundesliga season in woeful form; losing their first five games. They did bounce back with wins over Mainz and Fortuna Düsseldorf, but were back to losing ways against Werder Bremen at the weekend and still look a shadow of the side who did so well last season.

Two of the lesser lights of this season's competition for us, with little to choose between them ability wise. Galatasaray are probably in marginally the better form though and with home advantage in their favour can pick up a valuable three points.

Prediction: Galatasaray 2 - 1 Schalke


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  6 - 10
Shots on target: 2 - 7
Corner Kicks: 6 - 6
Possession: 52% - 48%

Yuto Nagamoto, Martin Linnes and Younes Belhanda were all booked for the home side. Breel Embolo being the only Schalke player to make his way into referee Benoit Bastien's notebook.

It's fair to say that Schalke haven't enjoyed the best of starts to the current campaign following last seasons excellent effort. There have been a few signs of the green shoots of recovery of late though and they were pretty good here. For all that they didn't make their mark on the scoresheet, they were the better side for much of this game - in what is a difficult arena for away teams - and a point was the very least they deserved.

As the score-line would suggest there wasn't that much in the way of goalmouth action here. Schalke had the best of the early chances when Yevheniy Konoplyanka was played clean through on goal, beating the keeper to the ball he managed to dink it goalward but without sufficient power and the defence got back to recover.

Alexander Nuebel then game to Schalke's rescue when denying Eren Derdiyok with his face from close range.

Breel Embolo probably should have scored when put through for Schalke in the second half. Having hit the keeper with his first effort though, he then found his rebound strike denied by a defender racing back towards the line.

0-0 final score.

Galatasaray would have been really aiming to win this one and so put themselves in an ideal spot to qualify for the knockout stages. The way this match panned out though they are probably grateful to pick up a point in the end. The reverse fixture now looks huge to determine who will qualify behind likely group winners Porto.

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