Schalke vs Lokomotiv Moscow Champions League Predictions

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Schalke vs Lokomotiv Moscow Champions League

The match is over.
Score: 1-0.

The Champions League returns this week with a final Group D clash between Schalke and Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday evening in a game the hosts are favourites to win, having already qualified from the group with the visitors fighting for a Europa League spot.

Predictions

Schalke have already sealed their progress to the Champions League last 16 – and can only finish in second place in the group – while Lokomotiv, who are bottom of the group, can yet qualify in third.

The Bundesliga side had already qualified ahead of the previous matchday, when they were heavily beaten 3-1 away to FC Porto – who have topped the group.

This game still carries significance for the visitors, who will be aiming to pick up at least a point to carry on their European ambition until February at least.

Both of these sides are in very poor form domestically – Schalke are 12th in the German top flight with 14 points from 13 games while Lokomotiv lie fifth in the Russian league.

The hosts will be favourites to end their group stage on a high note due to possessing home advantage, superior form and quality over Lokomotiv.

The home side are favourites to win this game and it should be relatively comfortable – a 3-1 triumph for the German side would appear a likely outcome from it.

Betting Tips

Lokomotiv Moscow have lost both of their away matches in the group stage this season, a 3-0 loss at Galatasaray and 4-1 defeat at FC Porto. Schalke had been unbeaten in the group until defeat in Porto last time out but they should run out comfortable winners here. The best betting odds for such a scenario can be found in backing them to be winning the game both at half-time and full-time.

The 29-year-old has a goal in each of his last two home games for Schalke as he aims to match his tally of 14 goals across all competitions last season. He now appears to be in his stride and will start against a defence who have shipped seven goals in two away matches in Europe to date.

Statistics

Head to Head

Weston McKennie’s strike two minutes from time won the game for Schalke away to Lokomotiv Moscow back in October. This was the first time the two sides had ever met each other in a competitive game.

Stats

  • Schalke have only conceded to FC Porto in this group and just one goal from their opening four group games – a penalty.
  • The German side have qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in four seasons.
  • Lokomotiv Moscow have not won an away match in the Champions League since 2002 – a 2-1 victory at Galatasaray.
  • Lokomotiv have conceded 16 league goals so far this season – nine more than league rivals CSKA and three more than Dinamo Moscow, who lie 12th in the division.
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