Schalke 04 vs Galatasaray by Foxserkan

The Champions League matches are always in much more different atmosphere than league matches. We have witnessed this again in the first leg of this round at Galatasaray v Schalke 04 match as Schalke 04 performed much more better than what they were doing in Bundesliga. Schalke increased their chance with a draw of 1-1 in the first leg and now they are having home advantage. A score of 0-0 in tonight's math is going to be enough for Schalke 04 and they are very aware of this therefore there is no need to panic for them as they know that Galatasaray have a defense who tend to make a mistake. Schalke 04 know that they can hit the nets of Galatasaray at least once. Schalke side: Midfielder Jermaine Jones is suspended. Important Dutch striker Huntelaar is injured. Defender Padapoulos and midfielder Afellay are long time injuries. IMO the most important absent player for home side is the midfielder Jermaine Jones because without him the midfield of Schalke will be much weaker. Stiker Huntelaar is an other problem.


I believe it is an advantage for Galatasaray that they are underdog here. Because being underestimated always brought benefits to Galatasaray. An other advantage is the good quality pitch factor. Such players like Drogba and Sneijder are depended on such good quality grass to perform their style of technical football. I remember in the first group match of Galatasaray on away against Man. UTD, they were the underdog, but they played a good football and 2 of their penalties were ignored by the referee. Galatasaray side: There is no fresh injury or new absent in the squad. Important defender Dany was injured and could not play in the league match but he is taken to the squad against Schalke 04. Swedish forward Elmander and midfielder Engin Baytar are not in the squad. But I want to remind that these absents are not a serious trouble as Galatasaray have the richest midfield and forward line of Turkish football.


Unlike the odds given by the bookies I believe Galatasaray have more chance in qualifying. But betting on a win market is a little tricky here. Considering such players like Drogba, Sneijder, Burak Yilmaz and Selcuk Inan, there is a big possibility for Galatasaray to hit the nets of Schalke 04. On the other hand Galatasaray have a soft defense and they make very silly mistakes. Bet on over 3.5

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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Over 3.5 William Hill 2.75 8 2-3 WON (+14 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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