Schalke vs Galatasaray Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: March 12, 2013; Time: 7:45 PM UTC;
Venue: Veltins-Arena — Gelsenkirchen.
Hosts will try to repeat derby triumph now in the Champions League. Jens Keller’s team managed a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, so they will be full of confidence against the Turkish champions. Galatasaray are in need of goal after a 1-1 draw in Istanbul.
After a draw in the first leg in Turkey, Galatasaray with star-players Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder must score to hold their hopes on progress alive. First game started with goal of Yilmaz. Schalke scored just before the half time thanks to Jermaine Jones. This away goal could be vital for German side.
Schalke goes 4th in Bundesliga with 39 points from 25 games. Their present form has seen 2 draws and 3 straight wins from last five games. Last five home matches the Konigsblauen have finished with 2 defeats and 3 wins. They have been on a great run since the firs leg between these two sides and currently hold a Champions League place for next season. Schalke have won 2-1 Borussia Dortmund this Saturday. Also, they are still one of 3 unbeaten clubs in the Champions League this season.
Galatasaray stands at the top of Super Lig Table with 47 points from 25 games. Their present form has seen 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. Last five matches away from home Galatasaray have finished with the same stats. They have struggled lately and have not scored in their last two domestic games. They need to score in this game, so will have to attack and that could cost them quarter-finals ticket.
Schalke could have big problems after an injury of their key-forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the game against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Teemu Pukki should replace him in the starting squad, cause Ciprian Marica is out and Raffael is cup-tied. Also, Kyriakos Papadopoulos remains sidelined. Sead Kolasinac could start instead of Christian Fuchs at left-back. Marco Hoger will start in midfield due to Jermaine Jones’ bun, while Ibrahim Afellay is still recovering from injury.
Galatasaray could welcome back Didier Drogba after the Ivorian star-forward started in 1-0 defeat to Genclerbirligi on the bench. Felipe Melo will replace Yekta Kurtulus in midfield zone. Danny Nounkeu should return in to the centre of defence ahead of Gokhan Zan. Tomas Ujfalusi still remains injured. Sabri Sarioglu or Emmanuel Eboue could appear at the right-back.
Schalke line-up: Hildebrand, Uchida, Howedes, Matip, Kolasinac, Neustadter, Hoger, Farfan, Draxler, Bastos, Pukki.
Last three matches:
Schalke 04 2 – Borussia Dortmund 1;
VfL Wolfsburg 1 – Schalke 04 4;
Schalke 04 2 – F. Düsseldorf 1.
Galatasaray line-up: Muslera, Sabri, Semih, Nounkeu, Riera, Hamit, Melo, Selcuk, Sneijder, Burak, Drogba.
Last three matches:
Galatasaray 0 – Gençlerbirliği SK 1;
Eskişehirspor 0 – Galatasaray 0;
Galatasaray 4 – Orduspor 2.