FC Schalke 04 vs Manchester City 20-02-2019 - Free Betting Tips

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Schalke 04 have managed to stay clear of the relegation drop zone but have achieved little else during their Bundesliga season, while Manchester City are riding high following a few setbacks at the peak of the Premier League once again. This, therefore, has the potential to be a classic Champions League mismatch. However, history – both in this tournament and in City’s recent past – has taught us never to assume anything in the world of football. Can the home team defy the odds? Check out the rest of our FC Schalke 04 vs Manchester City preview for more.

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20. February 2019 | 20:00
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The FC Schalke 04 vs Manchester City best odds give a huge advantage to the away side. The team at the top of the Premier League come into this competition with a significant 76% win probability to their opponent’s 9%. Therefore, a bet on the favourites makes for a safe one, with Betfair offering 2/7 (1.29) match odds. In contrast, Schalke 04 fans will find high-risk match odds of 11/1 (12.0) at Ladbrokes. Those who don’t want to back either side to victory can instead predict that there will be over 4.5 goals to get medium-risk 11/4 (3.75) odds at William Hill.

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FC Schalke 04 vs Manchester City Betting Tips: Form Guide

FC Schalke 04’s Bundesliga Struggles Indicate Poor Form

Looking at the Bundesliga standings right now and comparing them to the end result of last season pretty much tell the whole story of the team’s recent form. They are going from title contenders to mere survivors. While Man City would likely have been favourites in the FC Schalke 04 vs Manchester City betting tips regardless, the extent of their underdog status is a reflection of their poor recent outings.

They have failed to win their last four tournament matches, with their comprehensive 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich being a perfect example of just how out of their depth they’ve appeared at times during the last few months. It’s a match that will be better remembered for Robert Lewandowski’s 100th goal than anything Schalke produced.

Their drab 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim – the team Manchester City bested to get to this point in the Champions League – suggests we may see a similar result here. And the majority of FC Schalke 04 vs Manchester City match previews certainly seem to think so.

However, there is some hope. It is notable that, for whatever reason, Schalke have performed better outside the Bundesliga. They didn’t get here by accident after all, and their 4-1 thrashing of Dusseldorf was something to behold. That being said though, the contrast will truly amaze were they to best Manchester City in the Champions League.

Manchester City Look Dominant Once Again  

Much has been made of Manchester City’s difficulties towards the end of 2018. And to really understand just how huge a mountain Schalke have to climb, consider that during their dark periods, Manchester City were still in a better place than the home team is right now. When you then consider that City have improved since then, you begin to get an idea of why so few FC Schalke 04 vs Manchester City betting tips for today hold much hope for the German side.

In the FA Cup, they have torn apart Rotherham 7-0 and made mincemeat out of Burnley in a 5-0 contest. Most recently, Pep Guardiola’s champions ruthlessly tore apart Newport County’s hopes and dreams 4-1, despite a resistant and plucky opponent. If anything, Manchester City’s struggles have just made them more eager to prove that they are the best that club football has to offer.

There’s no better example of how they have scaled the Premier League table to once again sit on top of the mountain than their recent 6-0 shocker over Chelsea. This contest showed them at the peak of their powers, with a hat trick from Sergio Agüero and a brace from Sterling once again demonstrating the depth of their offence. Right now, Manchester City looks close to unstoppable – but we have thought that before and been proven wrong.

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The Last Five Games

FC Schalke 04 VS. Manchester City

  • FC Schalke 04 Form 1 win, 2 draws, 2 losses in the last 5 matches
  • FC Schalke 04 Goals 7 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Manchester City Form 4 wins, 1 loss in the last 5 matches
  • Manchester City Goals16 goals in the last 5 matches
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FC Schalke 04 vs Manchester City Preview: Recent Meetings

There’s only ever been one meeting between Schalke 04 and Man City, and that was over a decade ago back in the 2008 UEFA Europa League. Unfortunately for the home team, it didn’t go their way. It’s actually a really interesting game to go back and look at. You’ll see an English team that were so lacking in pedigree that a PA message inadvertently referred to them as Manchester United supporters. They certainly shouldn’t have that problem today.

Despite being historically interesting, we don’t think this meeting has too much relevance to the game today, as 10 years is a lifetime in football. We suppose there might be a slight psychological advantage – and that means that this section goes in the favour of City – but only barely. Still, you can argue that Schalke does have an advantage that so many of Manchester City’s opponents don’t, and that’s the element of surprise.

FC Schalke 04 vs Manchester City Prediction: Clear City Victory

We don’t imagine our prediction here is likely to surprise you. First and foremost, no one with any knowledge of this tournament – or indeed of Manchester City’s recent history – would dare be so bold as to call any game a surefire win for any team. And we’re certainly not saying that here. However, when we look at what we think the most likely result is, we can only come up with one possible conclusion.

Manchester City are currently performing far better than Schalke 04 by a considerable margin, and they have the results to go along with it. Plus, the only game they have had against each other went Cit’s way. Perhaps more importantly, they currently look like a confident world-class team with a hunger to claim a title they have never won before.

Schalke, in contrast, have spent their season surviving, and the sense of momentum between the two is worlds apart. For those reasons, we’re going to have to agree with the bookmakers here. Therefore, our FC Schalke 04 vs Manchester City prediction is for City to come away with a clear victory.

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