Schalke vs Inter – Hosts to finish assassination on own patch
Schalke have never lost at home to Italian opposition in Gelsenkirchen and therefore 13/8 looks a decent price that they can finish off the job against Inter Milan by winning the second leg of their quarter-final encounter.
Despite floundering in mid-table in the Bundesliga, Schalke have been at their best in Europe and are now in a dominant position to reach the Champions League semi finals for the first time in their history after winning 5-2 in Italy against Inter.
The likelihood of the reigning champions making a dramatic comeback are ultra slim given the strength of Schalke’s home form this season.
Schalke have won all four of their home games in the Champions League this season, while the best an Italian side has managed against them in five games in Gelsenkirchen is two draws.
Furthermore, the Germans have never lost in any UEFA club tie in which they won the first leg away from home.
Inter realistically have to win by four goals if they still harbour hopes of becoming the first team to successfully defend the Champions League in its current guise.
Leonardo’s team are 20/1 in the Champions League odds to qualify, which seems more than fair, but 6/4 could prove good value that they show some heart and win the second leg.
Schalke have scored three goals in each of their last three home games in the Champions League and they can extend this run given that Inter have to attack in order to overhaul their first-leg deficit.
Odds of 20/1 could be worth taking on Schalke beating Inter 3-1, while 28/1 could also represent good value on the hosts prevailing 3-2.
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