Our prediction for this Bundesliga 2 match:
After suffering back-to-back defeats to Hamburger SV and Kaiserslautern, Schalke will look to escape the danger zone when they take on Eintracht Braunschweig on Matchday 20. Die Knappen are sitting just above bottom three, meaning that Saturday’s clash is of big importance for the home side. Cedric Brunner is sidelined through suspension due to the accumulation of yellow cards, while Darko Churlinov is pushing for a start after scoring as a substitute in the last league match.
Die Lowen, on the other hand, are on a four-game winning run in the German second tier. Both Yannik Bangsow and Jan-Hendrik Marx are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the away team. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Eintracht Braunschweig have found their best form at the start of the year. Earlier this term Braunschweig defeated Schalke thanks to Fabio Kaufmann’s goal.
Highlighted Team (Schalke):
Schalke 04 are a professional football club founded in 1904. Die Knappen (The Miners) compete in German Bundesliga and they have won seven domestic titles. Schalke have clinched five German Cup trophies as well, while lifting the UEFA Cup title in 1997. The German club defeated Italian side Inter on penalties in the title game and that was the last time the final of the competition was played in a two-legged format.
Schalke 04 play their home matches at Veltins-Arena, the stadium that has been the home of the team since 2001. The capacity of Veltins-Arena is 62,271. It is well known that Borussia Dortmund are Schalke’s main rivals and the Ruhy neighbours face each other in the Revierderby.
The likes of Klaus Fichtel (477), Norbert Nigbur (355), Rolf Russmann (304), Klaus Fischer (295), Olaf Thon (295) and Herbert Lutkebohmert (286) are the players with most appearances for die Knappen. The colour of Schalke’s home kit is blue.