Galatasaray vs Schalke 04 by Foxserkan

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Fatih Terim coach of Galatasaray has almost determined the squad against Schalke 04. Such stars like Drogba, Burak, Sneijder, Melo and Eboue will all be in eleven. The preparations for the first leg on Wednesday clash continues with full concentration. Fatih Terim is making his last decisions and finalizing the tactics. He is planning to keep Drogba and Burak in forward line. Yekta was the replacement of Melo in front of central defense but unlike Turkey Super League, Melo is not suspended in Champions League and Terim will exercise his option on Melo to start in eleven. It is true that Melo secures the defense and he is a very efficient link between the midfield to defense and even contributes to goal organizations. For Melo Champions League is important as he needs to prove himself and return to Brazil national team in 2014 World Cup. In the absentee of Eboue while he was in Africa for the Nations Cup, veteran player Sabri did fantastic job in replacing him and he really deserved an applause from the fans. However Terim is not going to put him in eleven and will assign Eboue in right back. It is a big possibility that new transfer super Dutch midfielder Sneijder will play close to left wing. It came to attention of the media that key midfielder Selcuk Inan was very hard working in recent matches. It is true that he was criticized as he was not in good form in early season but the fact was Melo was not playing well and Selcuk had to cover up his mistakes in between midfield and defense. Selcuk Inan is not recording stats as like last season but the truth is Melo got in shape very late and Selcuk had to be more defensive and that is all. As you see nothing is as it seems, especially when you are talking about football, there are so many parameters.


Keller is at an awkward stage of his Schalke 04 career and with each game is losing control of the dressing room. He is being criticized by the fans and they are quickly losing faith. This match can be a cure to blow the black clouds hovering over his head (for the time being). In order to qualify to next stage Farfan and Bastos are his most important weapons. Last weekend they drew with Mainz at away match with a result of 2-2. Keller had to line up his team without forward. Jefferson Farfan played the role of forward instead of playing at right wing. And Raffael played right behind Farfan but he is unable to play against Galatasaray as he is a loan from Dinamo Kiev and he played in Champions League this season before he signed to Schalke 04. If a good news develops from Huntelaar and his injury, then he will be at the forward in front of 3 midfielders. And if he can not then Farfan will do the job in hope to hit the nets of Galatasaray. And then Bernetta will be the right winger. “We have plenty trouble before the match against Galatasaray. It gives us a lot of headache as there are many injuries in the team. Nevertheless I believe our team have full confident as they are undefeated and made the title in group stage” said Horst Heldt the general manager of Schalke 04.


Schalke 04 are going to play against Galatasaray in front of 52.000 fans in Istanbul. They are struggling with important absents in forward line. They will be happy to bring a draw to Germany. On the other hand Galatasaray reinforced their offense line with players like Drogba and Wesley Sneijder. Not only them but there are other players like Hamid Altintop, Burak Yilmaz, Selcuk Inan, Melo, Eboue and more and more. The weakest side of Galatasaray is their defense but how much can Schalke 04 be dangerous with their current absents. Bet on Galatasaray AH -0.25

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Galatasaray AH -0.25 Sbobet 1.94 10 1-1 HALF LOST (-5 units)
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