Galatasaray to win @ 2.5
Champions League - Last 16 stage and one of the games is between turkish Galatasaray and german side Schalke 04 .
I expect very dynamic and interesting game here with more likely Home win at the end .
The hosts - team of Galatasaray make a sensation on transfer market with brough two top-players : Wesley Sneijder and Didie Drogba ,so its a just matter of time they to return investments with good play and results .Galatasaray hoping to reach the CL quarter-finals for the first time since 2001 but will have to improve on their recent efforts against German visitors - this will be not an easy task but in the face of experienced coach Fatih Terim this is not impossible .Since New Year Galatasaray played 4 times (till the moment ,i'll make updates later ) and after lost from Kasimpasa (4th) 2-1 away make win over Besiktas(3rd) 2-1 ( home )and 1-1 with Bursaspor (7th) (away) ,2-0 over Antalyaspor (4th) .The Turkish Super League are competition with serioz teams like Fenerbahce ,Antaliaspor ,Besiktas,Bursaspor so Galatasaray have the time and opponents to make final fine tuning in the squad .Another reason to expect strong performance from Galatasaray are the fans - they have very hot support at home and as Schalke played in Gelsenkirchen were have many turkish immigrants Gala will expect support away too .
The guests - team of Schalke 04 passed the group stage without a single defeat and finished as the leader ahead of Arsenal .Despite that they have some problems in recent games ,having draw 0-0 away with Augsburs (17th) and lost 2-1(home )from Greuther Furth (18th),loss 4-0 from Bayern M.(away) .This was very strange results for team placed 6th and with ambitions for more .I think that one of the problem could be new coach Jens Keller who replaced Huub Stevens in December .
Consideration: Galatasaray looks like team who slowly get in-form while Schalke go in other direction so with new brought stars Snaeijder and Drogba I going for Home win here .Good luck to all !