Schalke 04 vs FC Porto - Free Betting Tips

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FC Schalke are back in Champions League following a gap of three years and they kick off their group campaign with a home tie against Portuguese side FC Porto. Both sides find themselves in Group D, which promises to be one of the tightest groups in the competition. The group also consists of Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow, and we see no clear favourites to qualify to the next round of the tournament. Hence, three points could be really important for both sides in their opening game.

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18. September 2018 | 20:00
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All is not well at Schalke as they remain without a point in their first three Bundesliga games. Their form is a huge concern ahead of the game on Tuesday, but this game could provide the German side with a welcome break from their struggles in the league. Porto haven’t been spectacular either in their domestic league, but they have picked up three wins in four league games. Hence, we expect a tight encounter between these two sides, and we are backing BTTS as one of our betting tips. We also don’t see a clear favourite to win and hence, a draw looks like a very likely scenario.

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Schalke 04 vs FC Porto Betting Tips: Form Guide

FC Schalke hoping for contrasting fortunes in Europe

Things went from bad to worse for Schalke as they lost 2-1 at Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend. The Royal Blues are without a point in their first three games and find themselves joint-bottom of the Bundesliga table. The 2017-18 Bundesliga runners-up find themselves low on confidence and out of luck on the eve of their first Champions League game since their 4-5 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid in the last-16 of the 2014-15 season. However, they have been granted a rather comfortable group in the competition, and it would be a wasted opportunity if they fail to qualify to the next round.

Breel Embolo came off the bench to score an injury-time consolation against Monchengladbach, and he should get a chance in the starting eleven against Porto. Guido Burgstaller might make way for the young Swiss striker. Weston McKennie missed the game on the weekend due to a knee concern, but he should make his European debut on Tuesday.

The hosts will be without a couple of names in Benjamin Stambouli and Bastian Oczipka due to injuries while the likes of Sascha Riether, Omar Mascarell and Steven Skrzybski are doubts for this fixture. Now, we shift our focus to the visitors’ form guide in our Schalke 04 vs FC Porto prediction.

Porto favourites to win the group

The Portuguese side have directly qualified for the group stage of the competition with their success in the domestic league last season. Porto have been quite consistent in Champions League, and they are making their third consecutive appearance in the tournament. In the last two editions, the 2004-champion have made it to the last-16 so they would hope to get out of their current group comfortably.

The visitors come into this game following a 1-1 home draw with Chaves in a cup tie on Friday.
They have made a decent start to their domestic campaign as they sit in the fourth place with nine points from their opening four games. They suffered a shock 2-3 defeat to Victoria de Guimaraes at home last month, but they have been decent otherwise and have managed to score a lot of goals.

In their four games in the Portuguese league, Porto have scored a total of 13 goals. Vincent Aboubakar is the top-scorer with three goals in four appearances. We expect him to partner Moussa Marega in Porto’s front two on Tuesday. Tiquinho Soares is the only injury concern for the hosts.

Now, we take a look at last five games of both sides in our Schalke 04 vs FC Porto match preview.

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The Last 5 Games

FC Schalke 04 VS. FC Porto

  • Schalke 04 Form2 wins (0 draw, 3 loss) in the last 5 matches
  • Schalke 04 Goals7 goals in the last 5 matches
  • FC Porto Form3 wins (1 draw, 1 loss) in the last 5 matches
  • FC Porto Goals14 goals in the last 5 matches
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Schalke 04 vs FC Porto Preview: Recent Meetings

Both sides have played each other twice at European level – in the last-16 round of 2008-09 Champions League. Schalke managed a 1-0 win in their home leg and lost 1-0 in the second leg. However, the Bundesliga side won the two-legged tie on penalties.

A lot has changed at both clubs since their last meeting, and hence, these two meetings provide a little indication to what’s going to transpire in Schalke 04 vs FC Porto betting tips.

Schalke 04 vs FC Porto Prediction

Schalke were the second-best side in Bundesliga last season, and it would be unwise to rule them out despite their poor start to the season. They have lost the likes of Thilo Kehrer, Benedikt Howedes, Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer during the summer, and the likes of Mark Uth, Sebastian Rudy, Suat Serdar and Omar Mascarell have arrived at the club. Domenico Tedesco’s side is certainly capable of playing better football than they have recently done. They would hope that they can make a winning start to their continental campaign with a win in front of the home audience.

Porto have been more successful in Europe when compared to their opponents. They often fail to beat stronger opponents in the later stages of the competition, but they have been rather consistent in the group stage of the competition. They also enjoyed a really successful season in 2017/18 as they won their first league title in five years. In Champions League, they finished second in their group ahead of RB Leipzig and Monaco, but behind Besiktas. They eventually bowed out to Liverpool in the last-16 following a 5-0 defeat on aggregate. For more tips like Schalke 04 vs FC Porto betting tips for today, keep exploring Betting.org.

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