City set to close out last 16 tie


Manchester City are set to close out their last 16 tie in the UEFA Champions League when they host Schalke at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, 12 March 2019, kick-off at 22h00 CAT.

The teams played to a thrilling 3-2 win for City in the first leg in Gelsenkirchen last month, where late goals from Leroy Sane (a former Schalke star) and Raheem Sterling brought about a turnaround in favour of the English side – despite being down to 10 men after the dismissal of defender Nicolas Otamendi.

Earlier, Sergio Aguero gave City an 18th-minute lead, before two Nabil Bentaleb penalties late in the first half had turned the match in Schalke’s favour.

Manchester City are in the knockout stages for the sixth year in a row, and have won two of their last three round of 16 ties, while Schalke reached the semifinals in 2010/11, but have not been past the round of 16 in three attempts since.

City have won three of the teams’ four previous fixtures, including a 2-0 success in Gelsenkirchen in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage.

The Manchester club has been in the UEFA Champions League last 16 every year since 2013/14, although they have won only two of those five previous ties. In addition, they have won only one of their five home matches at this stage.

The Citizens have won their last four home games against Bundesliga visitors; a 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in 2014 is their sole loss to German opposition in Manchester (W7 D2).

Schalke have won only two of their five round of 16 ties in the Champions League, against Porto in 2007/08 and Valencia in 2010/11, while they are without a win in their last six games against English sides (D2 L4), since a 2-0 victory at Arsenal in October 2012 (which is their sole victory in England, D2 L5).

Manchester City v Schalke – Head-to-head, European competition

Matches played 4

City wins 3

Schalke wins 1

Draws 0

Last five results (Champions League only, most recent first)