Schalke vs Galatasaray
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 6 November 2018
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Schalke were lucky not to concede early in the game two weeks ago, in Istanbul, but after that, they were the ones who created more and bigger chances to score and win the game. They finished the match on almost double attempts (9-17), six of those on target, and at least three big chances missed, with one of those being a double one. They would have loved all three points in Turkey, but even that goalless draw kept them second in the group table, one point ahead of third-placed Galatasaray. They had only six points from eight games in the Bundesliga before visiting Galata, but earned four in their last two, to improve, somewhat, their position in the table. Also, they qualified for the next round of the DFB Pokal, after beating FC Koln on penalties, away from home.
Galatasaray haven’t won in their last four matches. They had drawn with Bursaspor before drawing with Schalke, they lost at Yeni Malatyaspor, and last Friday they threw away two more points in their championship, drawing with Fenerbahce. They were 2-0 up early in the second half, things were going great for them, but they conceded twice, in six minutes (66’ and 72’), and were left with one point. They are second in Turkey’s league, four points behind leaders Istanbul Basaksehir. They are third in their CL group, on four points, and they have already played twice at home, so their mission to finish in the top-2 is hard. Their next game is in Moscow, and they hope that by the time they host Porto, on the last day, the Portuguese side will have already qualified for the last 16, and will look more… relaxed.
Previous five matches:
Schalke vs Hannover 3-1
FC Koln vs Schalke 1-1
RB Leipzig vs Schalke 0-0
Galatasaray vs Schalke 0-0
Schalke vs Werder Bremen 0-2
Galatasaray vs Fenerbahçe 2-2
Yeni Malatyaspor vs Galatasaray 2-0
Galatasaray vs Schalke 0-0
Galatasaray vs Bursaspor 1-1
Antalyaspor vs Galatasaray 0-1
Schalke’s next game is at Eintracht Frankfurt, on Sunday (Germany Bundesliga). On Saturday, Galatasaray will be visiting Kayserispor (Turkey championship).
Schalke vs Galatasaray: Head to head Stats
Schalke have hosted Galatasaray just once before, in 2013. They lost 2-3.
Schalke vs Galatasaray: Prediction
Galatasaray have lost four of their last five away games in all competitions, not scoring in any of those defeats.
Schalke vs Galatasaray: Betting Tips
Schalke’s win is at 1.53. Combined with a clean sheet, it pays much better, 2.30. It’s a risk, but one I find worth taking, keeping in mind how weak the Turkish side have looked on the road for weeks now.