FC Porto vs FC Schalke 04
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FC Porto vs FC Schalke 04 | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
We could say that these two sides are almost in the next phase. Porto is on top of the table, and they are through, while the Miners need one point in order to be safe. It appears that this event, isn’t going to have that kind of intensity and thrill. Simply, both teams are going to come out and play one match without spending too much energy.
Generally speaking, Dragons and the Miners are in solid shape. They’ve recorded good results coming into this event. The hosts routinely beat Belenenses with 2:0, while Schalke swept Nurnberg with 5:2. Porto is in the first place of Group D with 10 points, and Schalke is right behind them with 8.
As most of the people expected, the Portuguese powerhouse progressed to the next stage without any problems. Their experience and above all, quality, allowed them to be routine and relaxed in some games. Porto has 8 straight victories at the moment, and only one loss in the latest 15 contests. During this winning streak, the Dragons kept clean sheets on 5 occasions. At home, the situation is similar. Seven straight wins, five without a conceded goal. Sergio Conceicao is the kind of coach who doesn’t allow too many improvisations in his game. Therefore, his team plays strict and tactical matches, in which they tend to be the ones who dictate the tempo through the ball possession. If they have the lead, Porto will always decrease the pace of play and try to stall the game as much as they can. The overall efficiency of their contests is inconsistent, and depends on the situation.
FC Schalke 04
The German representative played their campaign within the expected boundaries. And we might even say that they went above those limits since they haven’t recorded a single loss yet. The Miners are one hard-working side, with the signature of its Italian coach all over the place. Domenico Tedesco is a typical coach from the Italian school of football, who likes to defend first and protect its own goal, and after that to look for some chance to strike. However, the latest results are denying that theory because four of the past five games they played ended with over 2.5 goals.
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Bayern has lots of troubles with injured players. James Rodriguez, Thiago Alcantara, and Corentin Tolisso are out of the picture for Tuesday night. Serge Gnabry and Mats Hummels are listed questionable, but it is expected from them to play. Benfica comes to Bavaria without Tyronne Ebuehi, who missed all the games so far. Grimaldo Garcia, Ribeiro, Fejsa and Salvio are all doubtful. Schalke lost in the latest road trip away from Gelsenkirchen, against Eintracht with 3:0, but before that, they had five games without a loss in which they’ve kept clean sheets four times. Now, this might be a proof for our previous hypothesis.
Back in 2008, these two teams met also in the Champions League. The Germans were victorious at home, 1-0. Porto won with the same result at Dragao, and since it was the 1/8 finals, an overtimes had to be played. There were no goals, and the Germans had more nerves in the penalty shootout, progressing to the quarterfinals. The first game this season ended with a draw, 1:1.
Odds and Predictions
Porto is a solid favorite with their win set at 1.85. Your stake will be multiplied 5 times if Schalke wins, and 3.60 times if the game ends with a draw.
FC Porto vs FC Schalke 04 | Top Betting Tip: Draw (0-0)
Tedesco is going to lose all the patches towards his goal and look for one point in this event. The Italian knows that this is the only way to stay unbeaten in Portugal. The hosts, however, aren’t too keen either to play with the maximum intensity and risk their players of picking up some kind of injury. So a goalless draw should do for both, Porto – Schalke 0:0.