Alex Boardman (@A_Boardman) previews Schalke v Lokomotiv Moscow and provides us with his best bets for Tuesdays Champions League game by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Schalke v Lokomotiv Moscow Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 11/12/18
  • Time: 17:55
  • Venue: Arena AufSchalke
  • Channel: BT Sport 1

Schalke have already qualified for the next round of the Champions League, meaning this game is only of importance to Lokomotiv Moscow who have a chance of qualifying into the Europa League with a win in Germany.

Lokomotiv Moscow come into this game in really patchy form, and they haven’t managed to string together more than 2 consecutive wins since the start of November. Still, they will fancy their chances against a Schalke team hat have already qualified and are having an extremely poor season in the Bundesliga.

The German team suffered another setback at the weekend, losing 2-1 at home to high flyers Dortmund. This left Schalke languishing in 13th place, 22 points off the pace of the league leaders, and dangerously close to the relegation zone. They have won only one of their last five games in all competitions and having shown terrible inconsistencies all season.

Team News

Schalke have a slew of injury concerns and doubts for the game this week, including Mark Uth, Franco Di Santo, and Sascha Riether.

Vedran Corluka is suspended for Lokomotiv Moscow.

Potential Schalke Starting XI: Fährmann; Sane, Naldo, Nastasic; Caligiuri, Serdar, Rudy, Bentaleb, Mendyl; Harit, Mckennie

Potential Lokomotiv Moscow Starting XI: Guilherme, Ignatjev, Kvirkvelia, Höwedes, Idowu; Denisov, Krychowiak; Miranchuk, Miranchuk, Fernandes; Eder

Head To Head

  • Schalke won the reverse fixture 1-0

Key Stats & Facts

  • Schalke have won one of their last five games in all competitions.
  • Lokomotiv Moscow have lost their last three away games.

Betting Odds

  • Schalke 21/20
  • Draw 5/2
  • Lokomotiv Moscow 29/10

The Verdict

Both teams are in poor form going into this game, and although Schalke have the home advantage, it won’t count for anything if they come out and play this like a friendly.

Having already qualified, Schalke’s mind may be elsewhere, meaning Lokomotiv Moscow could pinch a result.

I expect it to be a low scoring affair, and more than likely, a score draw.

Recommended Bets

  • Score draw 7/2 (bet365)
  • Under 2.5 goals 4/5 (bet365)