2014-15 Champions League Match Preview: Schalke 04 vs. Maribor

Updated: September 29, 2014
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Match Date: 30 September 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Veltins-Arena

(Featured image: Schalke 04 | Source: vavel.com)


Schalke 04 and Maribor have never met in any competition in the past seasons. While the German squad have been a frequent participant in UEFA’s top-flight tournament, the Slovenian side are joining the tilt only for the second time in their history.


Schalke 04

Schalke’s inconsistency could put them in severe danger, especially in the Champions League where some of Europe’s top clubs are a constant threat. In Germany alone, the side are marooned in the middle region of the league table, suggesting average or mediocre skills in both the defense and attack. In the UEFA tournament’s opening matches for the Group round, Die Königsblauen only posted a draw with their opponents. It was, however, an entertaining display of good stunts which enabled them to put a break in Chelsea’s winning streak.



Maribor are making a good fight in the Slovenian top-tier league, in which they currently stand in the second spot with 22 points scored from 10 matches. At their Champions League debut in the Group stage, Vijoličasti surprised critics and spectators after they successfully held Portuguese favorites Sporting CP in a draw. This helped them avoid an early disaster which is a common scenario for minnows like them. In fact, they are currently level on points with everyone else in their group, which also includes English powerhouse Chelsea.


Champions League betting tip: Maribor will succumb to Schalke o4.