Schalke 04 vs Steaua Bucharest by Rostick
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Schalke has a very good team this season and anything less than qualification to the R16 would be a disaster, also considering that Schalke has a lot of loans to pay in the next years. The hosts brought in Kevin Prince Boateng from Milan, a real coup that showcases their ambitions. Schalke started the season on a poor note, bad results in Bundesliga and a tough qualification against PAOK Salonic in the UCL playoff. But the team recovered in the last weeks and now the hosts have won their last 2 matches in Bundesliga without conceding a single goal. They play Bayern on saturday but, as I said, they are fully focused for this game and need to start with a win.
Steaua is an emerging team, since coach Reghencampf took over the team dominated the romanian league and also made some noise in europe, knocking out Ajax and beating Chelsea at home in the Europa League. This season they look to be as good as last year (they have yet to taste defeat), despite the fact that they did have a very tough playoff round against Legia Warszaw (1-1, 2-2). Steaua`s main problem is lack of quality opposition. The toughest team they met in the last 6 months was Legia, so Schalke will be a huge test for them.
Huntelaar will only be on the bench for the hosts, Steaua sold their best player, centre-back Chiriches.
Schalke: Hildrebrand – Uchida, Howedes, Matip, Aogo – Hoger, Neustadter – Draxler, Boateng , Farfan – Szalai
Steaua: Tatarusanu – Georgievski, Szukala, Gardos, Latovelvic – Pintilii, Bourceanu – Tanase, Stanciu, Popa – Piovaccari
In 2011 Schalke won 2-1 at home against Steaua, but in the Europa League.
The visitors have problems when playing against able offensive teams and on the road they were never a threat in Europe. Expect Schalke to hit Steaua on the wings and also profit from Chiriches` departure in the center-defense. The visitors won`t park the bus here, they are an ambitious side, so Schalke can make use of its firepower and win this by at least two. The german side is deadly when its offensive line has spaces to work with. The difference between the two teams is pretty big, the match-up also favors Schalke and Steaua will have to hope they can do better at home, where they are stronger.
My call is 2-0, 3-0 or 3-1 for Schalke.
You should know that I am a Dinamo Bucharest fan, Steaua`s rivals in the Romanian League. My objectivity can never be questioned but still, it is a fact you deserve to be aware of and make your own judgement.
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