PAOK – Schalke 04 – Both teams are due to good performances in the group stage of the competition qualified for the sixteenth finals and will now each other two matches to find the road to the knockout stages. In the group stage, however, Schalke played a lot better and won the first place with five wins, while PAOK took second place in their group with three wins, but two defeats. Therefore, the Greek team better standing in the national championship in which the third and they are doing well again elections placement in European competition, but are still present and in the Cup, and Schalke, which in the championship standing quite poor and the lower the part of the table. They met these rivals in qualifying for the Champions League in 2013 and then Schalke on the hosting won with 3: 2, after the in Gelsenkirchen was 1:1.
PAOK this season had ups and downs, but lately playing his best football as a confirmation that the long series of matches without defeat. Looking only championship, undefeated seven rounds, the team that had six straight wins until the last round in which they had to be satisfied with a draw away to Xantija. In the Cup in the aforementioned series of four wins and established links on the verge of the semi-finals of the competition, while the group stage of the Europa League ended with two wins, which he led to the knockout stage. Otherwise, PAOK this season and taken away three points in the championship, and with them would be a while like the third, with the leader Olympiakos escapes massive 15 points and it is clear that the title of champion could not possibly. Interestingly, the previous two games played away at Xantija and the Cup they won with 2: 1, making them the leading distance of a place in the semi-finals, but the championship match ended goalless. He left them this winter the best club assistant G.Rodrigues, but they have led, among other Henrique and Prijović, who have already begun to pay off, and after joining the bench have achieved the goal of victory over Asteras two rounds.
Probable lineups PAOK: Glykos – Matos, F.VARELA, J.CRESPO, Leovac – Cimirot, Shakhov – Biseswar, Henrique, Kitsiou – Prijović
Schalke is ahead of the resumption of the competition in the European League managed to capture good form and now hope that in the knockout phase of the competition can play as in the group stage, where they were really good in the first five rounds had as many wins to only the sixth match lost, but he does nothing was decided. They are good and the Cup in which they won without problems quarterfinals, while the championship actually have the most problems and that oscillate. In the second part of the season are slightly better, although they entered home defeat of Eintracht Frankfurt, but they mastered Ingolstadt, drew with Bayern Munich and then at the weekend in the best game of beat Hertha 2:0.
I really have been good in this essay and deservedly celebrated with 2: 0, and especially looks forward to the winter offensive reinforcements G.BURGSTALLER, kept playing great again and was shot. She played the remaining two winter reinforcements, Badstuber and D.Caligiuri, now might be refreshments in the form of Geisa, M.Meyera, Konoplyanka or fully recovered striker Huntelaar. Perhaps the Nastasić into the back line and injured are Coke, Baba, Choupo-Moting, EMBO and di Santo.
Probable lineups Schalke: Fahrmann – Höwedes, Naldo, Nastasic – Geis – Schopf, Kolašinac M.Meyer, Konoplyanka – Huntelaar, G.BURGSTALLER
PAOK – Schalke 04 TIP
Domestic are aware that at home must achieve a good result, but it must not rush. Schalke could also tactics and the game to calm and at home to seek passage to the next round. Therefore, we predict the match with few goals.