STAR PREVIEW Schalke 04 v Man City

first_imgWhat or who can stop Manchester City? It is a question that sometimes feels evergreen, so rare are the occasions when Pep Guardiola’s men make slip ups. Coming towards the end of February, they are still in all four competitions, and what’s more, they’re favourites for each of them, including the Champions League.For all that the trophies could well flow under Pep, the one he and the club really wants is the pinnacle of European football, and City are well placed to take an advantage home against Schalke.The Germans have had a very tough time in the Bundesliga – they are only 14th in the table and they’ve won just six games all season – but the Champions League has actually been a welcome relief for last season’s runners up.They prepared for this with a goalless draw against Freiburg when they managed to escape with a point despite playing with 10 men for 48 minutes, and previously Bayern Munich were far too good for them at the Allianz Arena.Schalke 04 v Man CityUEFA Champions League Last-16 1st Leg20:00 BT Sport 2HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches, since 2000)NOV 2008 UEFA CUP Schalke 0-2 Manchester CityCity are operating at an even higher level of form and in 2019 they have been almost untouchable. They have won 11 of their 12 games in this calendar year, scoring a barely believable 46 – yes 46 – goals, with a variety of teams used in both domestic cups and the Premier League. No matter who they meet they have the tools to get the job done in style, and they have won three of their last four games on the road by more than one goal.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK MAN CITY -1 5 pts at 3/4 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 252.96 points(excluding Premier League ante-post and Six Nations ante-post)last_img read more