Schalke vs Real Madrid Match Betting Preview

Defending champions Real Madrid travel to German Bundesliga side FC Schalke on Tuesday for the first leg of their last 16 knock out tie.

Schalke Betting News

Schalke are currently fourth in the Bundesliga and prior to their weekend defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt head picked up four points from clashes with teams above them in the table. A 1-1 draw away to Bayern Munich in round 19 was followed up with a 1-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach a week later before the surprise defeat to mid-table Frankfurt. The defeat was their first in 6 games.  Schalke scrapped out of their group behind Chelsea, losing two, drawing two and winning 2 and will have to secure a first ever Champions league win over Real without some key men with Julian Draxler and Leon Goretzka while Sidney Sam and Jan Klaus Huntelaar are doubts.

Real Madrid Betting News

Carlo Ancelotti’s men bounced back from their derby hammering to Atletico Madrid to beat La Coruna 2-0 and maintain their 1 point advantage at the top of La liga. The win over Deportivo de la Coruna was the third successive game that Ronaldo had failed to score and with his goal-scoring rival Lionel Messi showing great form, the Portuguese international will be keen to get amongst the goals. Real controlled their group, winning all six games including impressive wins away to Liverpool and Basle. Ancelotti will be without Sergio Ramos, James Rodriquez, Luka Modric and Fabio Coentrao for the game.

Schalke vs Real Madrid Match Prediction

This will be the second successive year that these two have met at this stage. Last season Real crushed their German opposition, scoring 9 goals and conceding 2 over the two legs. Real won 6-1 away in the first leg with Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Ronaldo all scoring two.  The second leg was a more timid affair with Ronaldo again scoring a double in a 3-1 win. In total Schalke have won only two of their last 15 encounters against Spanish opponents, suffering eight defeats and of the 25 UEFA games against Liga clubs, they have won just seven.

Match Betting Tip: With Real missing key defenders, Schalke and Real Madrid to both score @1.61 with Bet365 is tempting

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: Posted in Champions League • Date: 08.02.2015