Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Schalke 04 vs Real Madrid Champions League - 18-02-2015

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Schalke 04 vs Real Madrid - Competition: UEFA Champions League

Schalke 04 are currently fourth in the Bundesliga after Saturday night's underwhelming 1-0 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt. They finished 2nd in their UCL group. They lost two of their six group games, including a 5-0 home thrashing by Chelsea and were forced to win their final match at Maribor as well as see Sporting Lisbon lose to group winner Chelsea FC. They conceded 14 goals over six games, finishing with a minus-5 goal differential. 
Di Matteo will be without three key players as Julian Draxler, Leon Goretzka and Jefferson Farfan. Furthermore, Ralf Fahrmann, Sead Kolasinac and Chinedu Obasi are all sidelined and will also miss out here.

Real Madrid team defeated Deportivo 2-0 at the weekend and so they have won 5 of their 6 matches but their only loss was a heavy 4-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid in the league the only time that they have not won in their last six games.
The Blancos will be missing two stars James Rodriguez and Luca Modric. Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao and Sami Khedira are all out of contention too. Pepe returns to the starting line-up as well as Asier Illaramendi, who is likely to start the match.
Last year Schalke 04 was literally destroyed at the Arena AufSchalke as Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale all grabbed braces in a 6-1 win before beating Schalke 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu. FC Schalke 04 have won only two of their last 15 encounters against Spanish opponents, suffering eight defeats.

Probable lineups:
Schalke 04: Wellenreuther (Giefer) – Howedes, Matip, Nastasic – Uchida, Fuchs – Kirchhoff – Hoger, Boateng – Choupo-Moting – Huntelaar.
Real Madrid: Casillas – Carvajal, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo – Illarramendi, T. Kroos – Bale, Isco, C. Ronaldo – Benzema.

Match date: Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Kick Off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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