Champions League Preview: Schalke vs. Sporting Lisbon

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Updated: October 17, 2014

Match Date: 21 October 2014 (local time)

Venue: Stadion Gelsenkirchen

 

Schalke will try to make an impression in the international stage with the entry of its new head honcho, Roberto Di Matteo.

 

On the other hand, it is still not too late for Sporting Lisbon to make a grand comeback. All it takes is for the club to snatch a win and it is back on its feet.

 

The contenders

Schalke

Schalke’s slow start in the domestic league witnessed the arrival of former Chelsea manager, Roberto Di Matteo in the Royal Blues’ camp. Under his tutelage, many are expecting the heavy online betting favorite to return to the limelight and move away from the league’s mid-table.

 

As for the international stage, Di Matteo’s presence brings a high degree of positivity—that they will be able to make it to the next stage of the competition. Group G presents a neck-to-neck battle with Chelsea leading the group with four (4) points, whilst Schalke and Maribor share  two (2) points and Sporting Lisbon with a point.

 

Apparently, upsets and stuns are still very much possible.

 

Sporting Lisbon

Sporting Lisbon did an impressive job in containing the competitive Maribor. However, they fell short when they went against Chelsea. The said defeat pushed the Portuguese powerhouse to slip into the rock bottom part of Group G. Yet, as previously discussed, anything can still happen since the scoring gaps between among the team are not that wide.

 

Possible head turner

Sporting must keep an eye on the triumvirate of Kevin Prince Boateng, Julian Draxler and of course, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. There is no doubt that the trio could be a deadly recipe on the pitch.

 

Prediction

Schalke 2-1 Sporting Lisbon

 

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