Real Madrid v Schalke Odds, Team News as Germans look for Champions League miracle

Latest Real Madrid v Schalke odds, betting, team news and match preview in the Champions League.

Real Madrid will have history on their side when they welcome German side Schalke to the Bernabeu later tonight.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are in the envious position of having a five goal advantage over their visitors following a stunning first leg performance that saw the Spanish side run out 6-1 winners.

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No club have ever managed to overcome such a deficit and given that Schalke have been beaten in all three ties where they lost at home in the first leg the odds do not appear to be in their favour.

Madrid have been impressed this season at home and in Europe, the club are already through to the final of the Copa del Rey, where they face Barcelona, and currently top La Liga.

In addition to that they have scored 26 goals in European competition this season, 11 of which have come from the boot of Ronaldo.

With their progress to the quarterfinals virtually assured, Ancelotti has confirmed that he will make sure changes to his squad for the clash especially with a top of the table clash with Barcelona looming large this weekend, with Jese and Alvaro Morata set to get their chance.

Karim Benzema, taken off in the 1-0 win over Malaga, is unlikely to feature although the Frenchman is set to be fit for the second “El Classico” of the season.

“We will make a few changes (for Schalke) because some players are physically tired,” he said.

“Benzema can’t play tomorrow but we are confident he will be fit for Sunday. Jese, (Cristiano) Ronaldo, and (Alvaro) Morata will all start tomorrow

“Benzema is a very important player. We are lucky to be able to replace him when he is injured.”

While progress in this season’s competition appears beyond Jens Keller’s side, the club are poised to return to the Champions league next season as they continue their fine domestic form.

A 2-1 win over Augsburg saw the club climb to third in the table, one point behind second place Borussia Dortmund, and extend their run to just one defeat in their last 10 games.

Schalke major doubt heading into the game surrounds Jefferson Farfan with the forward struggling with a knee injury.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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