Manchester City vs FC Schalke 04 preview: Fernandinho and Otamendi suspended

By Ric Turner, Mon 11 March 2019 14:10

Manchester City vs FC Schalke 04 preview: Fernandinho and Otamendi suspendedBlues lead 3-2 after dramatic first leg in Gelsenkirchen

Manchester City vs FC Schalke 04

Competition: UEFA Champions League

Date: 8.00pm, Tuesday 12th March 2019

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Clement Turpin Assistants: Nicolas Danos, Cyril Gringore Fourth Official: Ruddy Buquet 

Odds: City 1/6, Draw 7/1, Schalke 18/1. Use a betting calculator to work out your how much your bet will pay you.

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TV: BT Sport

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Sandler, Laporte, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, Delph, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Bravo, De Bruyne

Doubtful: Stones, Laporte

Suspended: Otamendi, Fernandinho

Form guide: WWWDW

Schalke 04

Manager: Domenico Tedesco

Squad (from): Fahrmann, Canpolat, Lenze, Nubel, Mendyl, Nastasic, Rudy, Oczipka, Sane, Bruma, Wiemann, McKennie, Mascarell, Serdar, Bentaleb, Konoplyanka, Kutucu, Stambouli, Caligiuir, Harit, Goller, Uth, Matondo, Burgstaller, Skrzybski, Teuchert, Embolo

Injured: Schopf

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLLLD

Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho are suspended for the second leg of the last 16 tie with Schalke 04, but John Stones and Aymeric Laporte could be available for selection again after recovering from injury.

City lead 3-2 from the first leg in Germany, but managed Pep Gaurdiola warned his players against any complacency in Monday's press conference.

“I prefer this score than the one at Anfield when we were 3-0 down!” he said.

“It’s 90 minutes hard work ahead and we still we have a job to do. We must make incredible efforts in epic salutations to go through.

“In the first leg, we had Nico sent off, one goal in first few minutes… anything can happen in this competition. These kinds of situations take a lot of influence to control.

“We played many minutes 2-1 down. Then, Leroy Sane makes an incredible action to win that game.

This will be the fiifth time that the two clubs have met, with City winning three and losing one of the previous four encounters.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, Gundogan, D Silva, B Silva, Sane, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: Manchester City 3 Schalke 1