FC Schalke 04 vs. Real Madrid
FC Schalke hosts Real Madrid on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 matchup. Schalke beat Maribor in its last match and finished second in Group G with a 2-2-2 record. Real Madrid was the only team to win all six of its games in the group stage.
Real Madrid won last season's UEFA Champions League title. Los Blancos knocked out Schalke 04 in last year's round of 16, winning 9-2 on aggregate. Real Madrid's convincing victory included a 6-1 win in Germany.
How to watch
Kickoff: 2:45 p.m. ET
Live stream: The match can be live streamed here.
TV coverage: Fox Sports 1
• Dating back to last season's title run, Real Madrid has won nine straight Champions League matches.
• Since completing the group stage in December, Madrid has gone 9-1-3 in all other competitions.
• Real Madrid is 19-0-4 and in first place in La Liga, holding a one-point lead over Barcelona.
• Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez will not play after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his right foot against Sevilla.
• Madrid has won just three of its 27 matches in Germany, but it won a pair of matches during last season's Champions League knockout stage.
• With a 10-4-7 record, Schalke is in fourth place in the Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich, Wolfburg and Monchengladbach.
• With goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann out for the season and replacement Fabian Giefer struggling, 19-year-old Timon Wellenreuther has started Schalke's last two matches.
• Schalke is 2-7-8 all-time against Spanish clubs.