Schalke 04 vs Manchester Utd by Jamesington
Draw: 6 @ 3.3 with PaddyPower
Man United to win 1-0: 2@ 7.5 with Unibet
Chicharito to score first: 2 @ 7.5 with BetFred
Potential highest return: 30
Schalke, mainly due to some solid home performances, have been on a dream run in this season's Champions' League. They knocked out holder's Inter Milan in the last round (7-3 on aggregate) and in the second round disposed of Spanish side Valencia fairly easily as well.
The German side should not expect things to be so easy against a Manchester United side who, despite not being in the hottest of form in the past couple of weeks, are an altogether higher level of opposition compared to what Schalke have faced already in this season's European run.
Schalke's run has been based on a solid foundation of strong home form and a good defence (they only conceded three goals in the group stages). The rejuvenation of Raul as a goalscoring machine has also seriously aided the cause - against Internazionale he seemed like the Raul we were familiar with in the early 2000's, albeit for a different club.
They will find goals hard to come by against United, nearly everyone does, and whether it is the favoured pairing of Ferdinand and Vidic who start in Germany or Evans and Smalling the duo will put up a stern fight to keep a clean sheet.
I fear for Schalke in this tie as they will not know whether it is best to attack in the first leg, increasing the risk of United getting away goals, or to play patiently and perhaps accept the odd chance here and there. The problem is that they tend to play best at home and if they cannot win in Gelsenkirchen then they will certainly struggle at Old Trafford. I think the best bet therefore is the draw, with both sides being tentative in attack.
If there are goals I do not think there will be many and based on this season alone - 1-0 Man United with Chicharito getting the goal (probably late on) would be my suggested tip. Let's hope they both happen for maximum return.
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|DRAW/0-1/Chicharito to score first||Bet365||3.30||10||0-2 LOST (-10 units)|