Schalke 04 will be looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit in their Europa League last-16 tie against FC Twenty on Thursday evening when the two teams meet in what should be a fascinating second-leg, as free scoring Twente could attract plenty of interest with Bet365.
After Twenty secured a narrow victory in the first game – with Schalke failing to get themselves a valuable away goal – the tie is extremely well balanced and there is pressure on the home side to turn things around.
The German club face an interesting conundrum when it comes to their tactics too. They of course need to score to have any chance of making it through, but they will also be very wary of conceding an away goal.
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Looking at Schalke’s form since the first-leg, they have only played one game, but this was a valuable 3-1 home win over Hamburger SV. A repeat of this score line on Thursday evening would see them progress of course.
They can certainly be encouraged by their home form too. Across all competitions, they are unbeaten in their last 12 games in front of their own fans. They haven’t conceded more than once in a game during this sequence either.
As for Twente, they actually suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat at NEC at the weekend and this brought a run of six successive victories to an end. They will hope that their momentum hasn’t been too affected though.
After all, they are the team with the advantage in this tie and they know that if they avoid defeat, they are in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
Looking at their away form this season, they have won two, drawn one and lost one in the road in the Europa League so you don’t quite know what to expect.
Steve McLaren’s men did secure a fantastic 6-2 victory at PSV Eindhoven this month though, so they are capable of goals on the road.
Overall, this really is a tie that could go either way. Schalke will hope that home advantage is enough for them to turn things around, but Twente will be confident of getting the job done.
This one gets underway at 8.05pm on Thursday evening.