Kick off:- 1:30 am IST
Aggregate: Manchester City (3): (2) Schalke
Manchester City welcome Schalke for the return leg of their Champions League round of 16 encounter. The first leg saw plenty of goals between both sides with five goals being scored.
City were able to take the lead early through Aguero in the 18th minute. Schalke then replied with two goals of their own, both converted from the spot by Nabil Bentaleb. A world-class free kick from former Schalke player Leroy Sane levelled the scores for City and Raheem Sterling scored in the dying minutes of the game as he to win the game City.
Going into the home fixture, City have a crucial away goal lead over Schalke. The second leg, however, is still up for grabs as Schalke have caused major upsets in the past.
City will be without Otamendi as he picked up two yellows in the first leg. De Bruyne (Hamstring), Mendy (Knee), Bravo (Achilles), Kompany (Unspecified), Fernandinho (Suspended), Otamendi (Suspended) are all unavailable for the match while Stones remains doubtful. Should Manchester City progress to the quarter-finals, Aguero will miss out on the first leg if he picks up a yellow card tomorrow.
Schalke will be without Caligiuri (Ankle Ligament), Harit (Disciplinary), Mascarell (Groin), Schopf (Knee), Uth (Disciplinary).
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Manchester City (4-3-3):
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, David Silva; Aguero, Sterling, Sane.
Fahrmann; Stambouli, Sane, Nastasic; McKennie, Konoplyanka, Rudy, Oczipka; Bentaleb Embolo; Burgstaller.
SCORE PREDICTION: Manchester City 2-0 Schalke 04
Given Schalke’s recent run of form and the home advantage for the blues, Manchester City should be able to qualify for the next round with ease.