Our prediction for this Bundesliga 2 match:
Schalke and Magdeburg square off against each other at Veltins Arena in the closing match of Saturday’s program. Die Knappen are eager to put an end to their three-game winless run and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-oriented approach against Magdeburg. Midfielder Ron Schallenberg is banned for the match, while all Ibrahim Maza, Leo Greiml, Kenan Karaman, Bryan Lasme, Tomas Kalas, and key attacker Simon Terodde are sidelined with injuries.
Der Blau, on the other hand, produced a brilliant offensive performance in a 6-4 win over Hertha Berlin and given the number of absentees in the home team, we predict that the visitors are going to enjoy the trip to Gelsenkirchen. As for the visiting side, Daniel Elfadli has joined the likes of Cristiano Piccini, Herbert Bockhorn, and Noah Kruth in the treatment room. It has to be noted that back in 1977 Magdeburg eliminated Schalke in the UEFA Cup double-header.
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.