Our prediction for this Bundesliga 2 match:
Veltins Arena will be the centre of attention when Schalke 04 and Hamburger SV go head to head in the 2. Bundesliga round 18. Die Knappen did well to beat Belgian side Eupen 3-1 in their last warm-up game, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of die Rothosen. All Sebastian Polter, Assan Ouedraogo, Ibrahim Maza, and Leo Greiml should miss out with injuries for the home side.
HSV, on the other hand, are seen as one of the main candidates for automatic promotion. Hamburg proved their worth in a 2-0 win over Nurnberg before the winter break, but beating Schalke at packed Veltins Arena is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Ransford-Yeboah Konigsdorffer is on international duty, while both Mario Vuskovic and Miro Muheim are out of contention through suspension.
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.