Schalke vs Lokomotiv Moscow Champions League
The German team are in second place in Group D with eight points (two wins, two draws and one defeat) and it does not go no matter what happens on the final day. The first position is already Porto, which has accumulated 13 points so far.Third place, which gives them the chance to play in the Europa League in the second half, is the only open spot. For now, it is in the hands of Galatasaray, with four points, that will receive the Portuguese in Istanbul. Lokomotiv Moscow, with three points (one win and four losses), still has a chance to reverse the situation.
Although it has no practical significance, the game presents Schalke with a chance to react after the traumatic defeat of the German Championship on Saturday, December 8. For the fourteenth day of the national tournament, also playing at home, the club was beaten in what is considered the greatest national classic. It took 2 to 1 of Borussia Dortmund.With that, he was parked in the 14 points (four wins, two draws and eight losses). Runner-up last season, he occupies a modest thirteenth place. He has only three points advantage in comparison with Stuttgart, sixteenth place and first in the relegation zone.Of the last five games, involving all the competitions, the Schalke left the lawn defeated in three. Thus, although the match on Tuesday has characteristics of friendly, does not give much room for coach Domenico Tedesco speculate with the line and risk the failure again. Also because the German Championship suffers every year a standstill of about a month in the end of December and beginning of January. It is the ideal period for clubs wishing to change coaches.For the encounter with the Russians, Tedesco has its limitations to define the team concentrated in the attack. Four athletes from the offensive sector are in the care of the medical department and are considered doubts for the duel. The group has Guido Burgstaller, Breel Embolo, Franco di Santo and Mark Uth.
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The Russian team will enter the field forced to win to maintain their hopes of having a continental competition to play in the second half of the season. A draw, even if married to a defeat of Galatasaray to Porto, who will play at the same time, will not be enough. This is because the Turks take advantage in the first tiebreaker, which is the direct confrontation. In this way, the only combination of results that allows the classification of Lokomotiv is a victory against Schalke with a draw or success of the Portuguese.Of the two results, his victory is what seems to be the most unlikely, although the team of the Russian capital has shown a growth of income in the last games by the local tournaments. On December 5, at home, he defeated Kazan 1-0 at the Russian Cup in the first game of the quarterfinals. Now, it will have the advantage of the draw in the second game, which is scheduled for February only.On Saturday, December 8, again in their dominions, beat Orenburg by 2 to 1, reaching 28 points (eight wins, four draws and five losses). It’s in fourth place. They are six points clear of Zenit Petersburg, the leader and two behind CSKA, which finishes in the third place the qualifying zone for the 2019/2020 UCL (Uefa Champions League).Suspended by yellow cards, Croatian defender Vedran Corluka is out of action on Tuesday. Lower can increase according to the position of the medical department in relation to goalkeeper Nikita Medvedev; defender Boris Rotenberg; and midfielder Aleksandr Kolomeytsev, who are in the process of injury recovery.
The first round match of the UEFA Champions League group stage 208/2019 was the first match involving the teams. Schalke won 1-0.
The game that at first would be a mere compliance table for Schalke came to have value after the defeat to Borussia Dortmund. The team will need to respond to their fans in the face of their failure against their biggest rival. Thus, the prognosis in the victory of the owners of the house ends up being the best choice in the confrontation with Lokomotiv Moscow.
Bet Tips: Schalke