Our prediction for this Bundesliga 2 match:
Sparkles will be flying when Schalke 04 and Hertha Berlin go head to head in the 2. Bundesliga derby on Matchday 9. Die Knappen suffered a dip in form, with the team losing to both St Pauli and Paderborn in the previous two league matches, but their fine home record is surely fuelling fans with optimism ahead of Sunday’s encounter. The likes of Ralf Fahrmann, Danny Latza, Marius Muller, and Leo Greiml are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
The capital club, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to St. Pauli. Considering that Hertha are eager to return to winning ways as well, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. As for the away team, all Linus Gechter, Palko Dardai, and Agustin Rogel are out of contention through injuries.
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.