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Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo [Reuters]

Real Madrid take on Schalke at the Veltins-Arena in Germany in the first leg of the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be available on Sky Sports 4 and Sky Sports 4 HD.


Schalke come into the game on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga constituting of five clean sheets. The German outfit settled for a goalless draw in their previous league fixture at home against Mainz.

Jens Keller's side registered a 2-0 victory against Basel in the last game of the group stage in order to secure their place in the knockout stage of the Champion League, finishing second in Group E with 10 points.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are on an unbeaten run of 26 matches in all competitions with their last defeat coming in October last year. The Spanish Capital outfit went unbeaten in Group B with five wins to finish first with 16 points.

In their previous La Liga fixture, Madrid brushed aside Elche at the Santiago Bernabeu last Saturday. Asier Illarramendi opened the scoring in the first-half and the home crowd had to wait till the second-half for more goals. Gareth Bale netted a long range goal before Isco added another to make it 3-0 for the home side.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale [Reuters]

Manager Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping that his side can travel back to Spain with a win and some precious away goals and put themselves in a firm position ahead of the second leg to progress to the next round.

What Managers Say

Jens Keller: "After Bayern, Real Madrid are maybe the second-best team in the world at the moment. They have extraordinary players in every position so it won't be an easy game. But we are the home team and must be brave; we will not hide. To be successful, everybody will have to be at 100%. Only then might it be possible to pull off a little miracle."

Carlo Ancelotti: "I predict an intense match and I think Schalke will give everything in going for the win. We know all about their qualities. They are very well-organised, especially at the back, and have a good balance between young talented players like Max Meyer and Julian Draxler, and players with a lot of experience like Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. They do not play spectacular football but they are solid and consistent."

Betting Odds by

Team to score the most goals in the respective fixtures

  • Real Madrid – 9/10
  • Schalke 04 – 4/1

Real Madrid to win – Industry best 5/11

Cristiano Ronaldo to score at any time – Industry best 7/12

Klaas Jan Huntelaar to score at any time – Industry best 13/5

Jefferson Farfan to score at any time – Industry best 19/5

Max Meyer to score at any time – Industry best 6/1

Team Guide

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar [Reuters]


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D W W W W
  • Last Result: Schalke 0-0 Mainz

Real Madrid

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W W
  • Last Result: Real Madrid 3-0 Elche

Team News


  • Injured: Dennis Aogo (knee), Marco Hoger (knee), Atsuto Uchida (thigh)
  • Suspended: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A

Probable Lineup: Hildebrand; Hoogland, Matip, Howedes, Kolasinac; Neustadter, Goretzka, Farfan, Meyer, Boateng; Huntelaar

Real Madrid

  • Injured: Sami Khedira (knee)
  • Suspended: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A

Probable Lineup: Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Modric, Illarramendi; Bale, Isco, Ronaldo; Benzema