Schalke will be looking to add to their three points in the Champions League when they face Montpellier at Veltins Arena (7.45pm, BST, Wednesday Oct 3).
The German side will want to bounce back from their disappointing 2-2 draw on the Friday against Dusseldorf, a game in which they failed to hold onto a 2-0 lead.
Klass-Jan Huntelaar was on target once again in their last Bundesliga game, opening the scoring with a venomous shot from outside the box. The Dutch striker now has four goals in all competitions this season. Huntelaar will be leading the line for Huub Stevens side in their first home game of this Champions League campaign.
Elsewhere in the side, Ibrahim Afellay, who is one loan for the season from Barcelona, also occupied one of the attacking midfield roles behind Huntelaar. The regular game-time is working well for the Dutch international and he’s becoming an important part of this year’s Schalke side.
The draw at Dusseldorf leaves Schalke still in fourth in the Bundesliga table, seven points behind leaders Bayern. The German team are good in Europe, avoiding a loss in their last 12 group games in European competition. They’re also impressive defensively, keeping seven clean sheets in those 12 games.
That said, I do see them conceding in this game against Montpellier. Dusseldorf’s two goals on Friday night might have been seen as two gifts from the Schalke defence. The whole team seemed to freeze when defending the corner which led to the home side’s first goal. Kyriakos Papadopoulos let Dani Schahin in far too easily to grab his second goal of the game.
French champions Montpellier managed to pick up another important win on the weekend, beating Nancy 2-0 away. Their goal scorer from the first game against Arsenal, Younes Balhanda, was on the score sheet once again.
Summer signing Emmanuel Herrra, who was brought in to replace Olivier Giroud, has been coming off the bench in recent weeks for Montpellier. He’s so far failing to add to his two goals scored earlier in the season.
Schalke v Montpellier Betting Tips Advice
I expect goals from both sides. Schalke are comfortably the stronger but, as mentioned, they conceded two cheap goals in their game on the weekend.