Manchester City came from behind in Gelsenkirchen to beat Schalke 3-2 in the first leg, and we are expecting more of the same tonight at Etihad Stadium.
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Match preview 🖊
Manchester City leads the way in the Premier League, and with a 3-2aggregate lead over Schalke, they are heavy favourites to progress to the quarterfinals. City came from 2-1 behind in Gelsenkirchen to secure a thrilling 3-2 win and the added bonus of three away goals in the bag. Nicolas Otamendi will be suspended here after his red card in Germany but that shouldn't affect the chances of Guardiola's men, who are starting to win important games at the business end of the season.
Schalke has lost three straight Bundesliga matches and seems like lambs to the slaughter here against a City side peaking at the right time. They will have to contend with England star Raheem Sterling, fresh off the back of a hat trick against Watford and a man in red-hot form.
To put things in perspective, of the previous 27 occasions of a side scoring three or more goals away from home in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie, all have gone on to progress, including six after winning 3-2. City has also won both halves in 15 of their 23 home games this season.
Team news 📰
Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte could return from a hamstring injury but John Stones, who has had a groin problem, still needs to be assessed. The hosts are already without suspended pair Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho.
Schalke playmaker Daniel Caligiuri has been sidelined for four weeks with a leg injury and will not travel. Forward Mark Uth and midfielder Amine Harit have been left out of the squad again for disciplinary reasons but full-back Hamza Mendyl could play.
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