Schalke vs Man City: Possible starting XI, head-to-head, preview

Schalke vs Man City: Possible starting XI, head-to-head, preview

- Schalke vs Man City Champions League clash promises to be an exciting fixture tonight

- The German League side are returning to the knockout stage of the tourney for the first time since 2015

- Meanwhile, Guardiola's men will hope they can surpass their semifinal personal record in the championship

German League side Schalke 04 welcome Manchester City to the VELTINS-Arena for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League first leg clash.

The Royal Blues progressed to the round of 16 stage of the competitions for the first time since the 2014/15 season.

They finished second on Group D table with eleven points after six matches - five behind table toppers FC Porto after the group stage.

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However, they battle the Citizens, who have been on fire in the Premier League this campaign and are one of the favourites to win this year's edition.

Pep Guardiola's men head into the match on the back of their four match winning streak in all competitions since their slim defeat to Newcastle United late last month.

The Etihad Stadium outfit crashed out of the competition at the quarterfinal stage last term after losing 5-1 to Liverpool on both legs.

Meanwhile, City have qualified for the round of 16 stage five times in the last seven seasons - reaching the last four phase in the 2015-16 season.

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Though, both sides are alien to themselves in this competition, odd favour the Premier League side more to emerge victorious at the end of regulation period.

Schalke possible line up vs Man City: Fährmann; Caligiuri, S Sané, Nastasić, Oczipka; McKennie, Bentaleb, Matondo, Uth, Konoplyanka; Burgstaller

While Mascarell (suspended), Embolo (metatarsal), Schöpf (knee) have been ruled out for the clash, but Stambouli (cheekbone) might be available for selection.

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Embolo, Rudy and Stambouli will have to be careful in this game as they might miss the next game if booked.

Manchester City possible line up: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Danilo; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Bernardo; Sterling, Agüero, Leroy Sané.

Guardiola will miss the services of Mendy (knee), Bravo (Achilles), Gabriel Jesus (hamstring), and Jonh Stones who is out with groin injury.

Meanwhile, Vincent Kompany is doubtful for the game due to muscular injury.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester City thrashed Chelsea 6-0 in their Premier League meeting at Etihad Stadium.

Sergio Aguero scored three goals, while two goals from Raheem Sterling and one from Ilkay Gundogan.

City are currently atop of the Premier League table with 65 points - same as Liverpool who have one match at hand.

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