Champions League Group Stage Preview: Group G

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Updated: November 25, 2014
Schalke - Champions League

Match Date: 25 November 2014 (local time)

 

Schalke 04 vs. Chelsea

Schalke’s humiliating loss to Sporting CP  meant that it hasn’t secured a safe spot in the competition’s next stage. What is even worse is that it opened opportunities for other hopefuls such as Maribor and Sporting to qualify in the next round.

 

The Royal Blues can force a stalemate against Jose Mourinho and his men. Yet, with Mourinho’s overt disappointment over Chelsea’s lackluster performance in Europe, Schalke will have to fight tooth and nail to ensure a stalemate or better yet, a victory against the top pick of sports betting sites. Unfortunately, Schalke also have injury issues to deal with. The likes of Julian Draxler and Jefferson Farfan are sidelined and so far, home court advantage is the only edge that they have against the Premier League giant.

 

Prediction: 1-2

 

Sporting CP vs. Maribor

Sporting will be capitalizing on its win against Schalke to inspire them in qualifying to the next round. As mentioned, the said win prevented them from having an early exit.

 

Although Sporting plays in its own ground and elicits signs of dominating the match, they cannot allow overconfidence to get inside their heads.

 

Like them, Maribor is also keen on nailing the three (3) points since this could be their first and only chance of advancing in this prestigious competition.
Considering the prize that is at stake, one should only expect a neck-to-neck match between these two aspiring and equally deserving squads.

 

Prediction: 2-1

 

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