Schalke 04 v Valencia Odds
2nd Leg - Schalke Arena - Wed 9th Mar 2011
Raul scored a second half equaliser on his return to Spain to set up a fascinating second leg in Germany, as the teams drew 1-1 in the Mestalla. Soldado had put the hosts ahead in the first half before Raul's second half strike levelled the score and the tie.
The betting is tight for this match, with the home side Schalke just about shading the odds with the bookmakers. With the away goal however, a 0-0 draw will be enough for the Germans and they are favourites to qualify for the quarter-finals as a result.
Schalke 04 have been drawn against Valencia in the Champions League last sixteen draw. The German side qualified for the Champions League courtesy of their second place finish in the Bundesliga last season. Under new boss Felix Magath, Schalke made some eye-catching signings in the Summer, including Raul and Klaus Jan Huntelaar from Real Madrid. The Germans upset the odds to top Group B ahead of Champions League semi-finalist Lyon.
Valencia finished third in la Liga last season and came through qualification reasonably comfortably from a Group C containing Manchester United (group winners), Rangers (third) and new boys Bursaspor. Despite David Villa leaving the Mestalla in the Summer for Barcelona, Valencia were top scorers in the group, netting fifteen goals including ten versus the Turkish champions.
The two teams previous competitve matches at the Mestalla, both ended in draws, 0-0 in the 2007/08 group stages and 1-1 ten years before that in a UEFA Cup tie.
Schalke 04 v Valencia to Qualify Betting
The bookmakers have made Schalke the odds on favourites to progress to the quarter-finals and odds on to win the second leg in Germany, following their 1-1 draw in Spain in the first leg and a vital away goal from former Real Madrid forward Raul.
1st Leg - Mestella Arena - Tue 15th Feb 2011
|VALENCIA||1 - 1||SCHALKE 04|
|Soldado '17||(1) - (0)||Raul '64|
|Ref: A Nikolaev (RUS)|
Schalke 04 managed to win four of their six Group B matches and the 2-1 away win against Benfica on Matchday 6 managed to secure top spot ahead of Lyon. The German side only conceded three goals in the group stages and won all three home matches, an impressive record.
Valencia were comfortable qualifiers as runners-up in Group C behind Manchester United. Just the one defeat too United was enough to see them safely through and the bookmakers fancy the Spaniards to now go on and reach the quarter-finals.