Preview - Schalke vs Galatasaray 07 November 18

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Champions' League Group D
Schalke vs. Galatasaray
Wednesday, November 7th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: VELTINS-Arena

Last five matches form: L D D W W
Average goals per match: 0.80
Average goals against per match: 1.20
Top Scorer: Nabil Bentaleb & Breel Embolo (2)

Last five matches form: W D D L D
Average goals per match: 1.73
Average goals against per match: 1.27
Top Scorer: Eren Derdiyok (4)

We have what could turn out to be a pivotal clash in Group D in the Champions League this week as third placed Galatasaray travel Germany to take on second placed Schalke. With just a point between them, a win for either side would but them in pole position to make it through to the knockout stages.

There was nothing to split these two on Match Day 3, with the sides playing out a goalless draw in Turkey. It was Schalke who were the better side on the night though which will likely give them encouragement that they will be able to get the win now in front of their own fans.

The start of the season had seemed to be an almighty struggle for Schalke, but they seem to have picked up now with just one defeat in their past eight games in all competitions.

Galatasaray don't seem to be able to find any consistency at all. They are now winless in their past four, with three of those games having come at home. They haven't won any of their past twelve away from home in the Champions League - losing ten.

Cedric Teuchert and Hamza Mendyl are out for the home side whilst Emre Akbaba is the only confirmed absentee for Galatasaray.

Galatasaray's recent form hasn't been great whilst their form on the road in the Champions League is truly abysmal. We expect them to come up short against what is an improving Schalke outfit.

Prediction: Schalke 3 - 1 Galatasaray


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 -0
Shots:  10 - 4
Shots on target: 5 - 2
Corner Kicks: 2 - 1
Possession: 44% - 56%

Sebastian Rudy and Benjamin Stambouli were booked for Schalke, with Ryan Donk, Serdar Aziz and Mugdat Celik of Galatasaray also having their names taken by referee William Collum.

Galatasaray had their share of the ball in this one, but weren't ever really able to do too much with it, managing just the two shots on target over the course of ninety minute. Schalke were that bit more incisive when on the ball and in the end ran out deserved and fairly comfortable winners.

The opening goal came in just the fourth minute and resulted from a real calamity from the Galatasaray keeper, Fernando Muslera. Sliding out of his goal to the right-hand side of the eighteen-yard box, he made it to the ball but his momentum was taking him out of the area and so he coughed it up at the feet of Guido Burgstaller. Smart finish from Burgstaller though, firing into the empty net from what was a pretty tight angle.

Schalke made sure of the points in the 57th minute. Burgstaller found in space down the left-hand side and picking out Mark Uth just inside the eighteen-yard box. Plenty of time for Uth to control, pick his spot and fire into the right-hand side.

Having also struck the post and forced Muslera into a couple of decent stops, Schalke were more than worthy winners on the night, and their shaky start now looks to be behind them.

A big win for Schalke this one, which now puts them in pole position to join Porto in the Group Stages. They sit in second spot, four points clear of Galatasaray with two games to play.

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