Schalke will look to build on back-to-back Bundesliga wins when they host Steaua Bucharest in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. After failing to register a victory in their opening three league matches, Schalke have responded well, notching wins against Bayer Leverkusen and Mainz in their last 2 matches. Steaua Bucharest on the other hand have had a never-to-perfect start to their season with an unbeaten run which includes 4 wins and a draw which sits them in 4th position in their domestic league.
Both sides head into this go into this fixture on the back of a win this past weekend. Schalke with their 1-0 win at Mainz on Saturday and Steaua Bucharest with their 5-0 demolition of Sageata Navodari on the same night.
General style of play –
With Schalke you definitely expect some goals be it scoring or conceding and I fully expect them to put 2 or 3 past the Romanian club and also in the process concede at their end.
The probable line-ups are –
Key players –
Schalke with the introduction of Kevin-Prince Boateng have looked a different side altogether turning the club’s fortunes around ever since his arrival. For Bucharest, Federico Piovaccari, having already scored three goals in his side’s Champions League campaign so far, could be a surprise package in the group stage.
What to expect from the match-
One thing I’m certain of in this fixture is goals and quite a few of them. Schalke made it to the group stages with a last-gasp 4-3 aggregate victory over Greek outfit PAOK in the play-off round and the Romanian champions secured their entry in the competition from the play-off round, defeating Legia Warsaw on away goals after the two sides were locked at 3-3 over two legs. Good attack, not-so-tight defense from both teams will certainly result in good flow of goals or atleast that’s what the neutrals will hope for.
A close edge to Schalke having rejuvenated lately plus the home advantage will certainly take them past the Romanian Champions with a 2-1 or a 3-1 win, Kevin Prince-Boateng and Julain Draxler to score wrapping it for Schalke along with a consolation goal from Federico Piovaccari.