Schalke vs. Real Madrid: Prediction, Preview, Live Stream and TV Info

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Schalke vs. Real Madrid: Prediction, Preview, Live Stream and TV Info
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Real Madrid and Schalke will meet for the first time in a competitive atmosphere this week, with a place in this season's Champions League quarter-finals up for grabs.

Los Merengues head to Germany having made the semi-finals of the competition in each of their last three seasons and so to see it all end at this early stage would be a huge disappointment for Wednesday's visitors.

Carlo Ancelotti's men are on the hunt for an elusive 10th European Cup, but the Miners aren't likely to be prepared to stand off their European foes out of respect in front of a home crowd.

Read on for all the essential viewing information needed for Wednesday's head-to-head, as well as a prediction and preview for the round of 16 encounter.

 

When: Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:45 p.m. GMT (2:45 p.m. ET)

Where: Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen

Watch: Sky Sports 4 / Sky 1 / Sky Go

 

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Considering there is no head-to-head record between these two teams, the chance is there for one side to impose themselves on the other during the Gelsenkirchen clash.

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Opta tells us (h/t to Eurosport) Schalke have never conceded more than one goal in a game against Spanish opposition in the Champions League but adds that the Germans have lost each of their last three home matches against Spanish teams 1-0.

Real are currently in flying domestic form and have managed to capitalise upon the recent slip-ups experienced by Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, claiming a three-point advantage at the summit of the Spanish top flight.

Jens Keller has got his Schalke outfit in a strong run of form, too, and last weekend's 0-0 draw against Mainz was the first game his side have failed to win in five outings.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, now recovered from the knee injury that ruled him out of action until Christmas, will be hopeful of featuring in his first Champions League game this season, with the added context of him facing his former side.

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However, in Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria, Carlo Ancelotti boasts the highest scorer and assist-maker in the European competition this term, and his visitors will be keen to mark their first trip to the Veltins-Arena with a bang.

 

Prediction

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Though everyone loves to support the underdog, it's difficult to see past an away win in Gelsenkirchen this week.

For all the promise and potential that the likes of Julian Draxler and Max Meyer hold in creative midfield, this is a Schalke team lacking in pedigree, having lost too many of their clutch encounters this term. 

DW's Ross Dunbar, though, does say that since his winter injury, Schalke have learnt to cope without starlet Draxler:

Domestically, the Miners have already lost to Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach this season, and there's no way that Ancelotti's men will be any sort of step down from that standard.

 

Schalke 1-3 Real Madrid

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