The advantage in today’s match is on The German side which took the away-goal in the first leg against Galatasaray after a 1-1 draw in Istanbul, meaning a win or a 0-0 draw would secure its place in the last eight. In the last match in Bundesliha Schalke won 2-1 Borussia Dortmund, but they lost great striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar who injured his left knee in that match and will not be available for tonight’s Champions League match.
Another trouble for Schalke could be suspension of tireless midfielder Jermaine Jones who scored the equaliser in the first leg, in Istanbul. Unavailable for this match also will be Papadopoulos, Afellay and Marica.
Over the weekend, Galatasaray lost 1-0 at home to Genclerbirgli in the Turkish league .
Didier Drogba will be in the starting line-up after he missed a penalty as a second-half substitute against Genclerbirligi and together with Burak Yilmaz can make a lot of trouble for Schalke defenders. After being suspended against Genclerbirligi in the last match, Felipe Melo should also start.
They will have to attack Schalke from the first minute and try to score if they want to take place in the 1/4 finals.