Real Madrid vs. Schalke 04: Preview and TV schedule

Alex Grimm

Madrid effectively won the tie with a 6-1 first leg win in Germany, but anything can happen...though it probably won't.

Thanks to Real Madrid's 6-1 triumph in the first leg, chances are Schalke 04 will just be trying to find some improved form that will benefit them for the rest of their Bundesliga campaign.

For Jens Keller and Schalke, they fully realize that they probably have just 90 minutes left in this season's Champions League. A five-goal aggregate deficit is virtually impossible to overcome against any team, but to go into the Bernabéu and pull it off against Madrid is basically impossible.

Carlo Ancelotti knows the importance of the Clásico match-up this coming weekend and is expected to rest some starters thanks to the large aggregate lead Madrid holds. Striker Karim Benzema will not play after suffering a thigh injury on Saturday and Gareth Bale will likely be rested as well. That mean youngsters Alvaro Morata and Jeseé will get stars alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid injuries and suspensions

Out: Sami Khedira (knee), Álvaro Arbeloa (knee), Karim Benzema (thigh)

Schalke 04 injuries and suspensions

Out: Dennis Aogo (knee), Jefferson Farfán (knee), Christian Fuchs (knee), Marco Höger (knee). In Doubt: Christian Clemens (groin), Felipe Santana (hamstring), Atsuto Uchida (thigh).

Analysis of injuries and suspensions.

Projected lineups

Real Madrid: Iker Casillas, Dani Carvajal, Raphaël Varane, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrão, Asier Illaraimendi, Luka Modrić, Ángel di María, Alvaro Morata, Jesé, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Schalke 04: Ralf Fährmann, Tim Hoogland, Benedikt Höwedes, Joel Matip, Sead Kolašinac, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Roman Neustädter, Chinedu Obasi, Julian Draxler, Max Meyer, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Match Date/Time: 8:45 p.m. local, 3:45 p.m. ET

Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain

TV: FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes, FOX Soccer Plus (U.S.), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), Sportsnet (Canada)

Online: FOX Soccer2Go (U.S.)

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