Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Following an unlucky loss to Porto in the Champions League, Bayer Leverkusen will look to give fans some cheer when they take on Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga round 9. Bayer failed to spoil Bayern Munich’s party at Allianz Arena at the weekend, but the bookies see them as hot favourites to beat die Knappen on home soil. Defender Jeremie Frimpong is banned for the match, while all Exequiel Palacios, Karim Bellarabi, and Florian Wirtz are out of contention with injuries.
The visitors, on the other hand, failed to impress in back-to-back defeats to Borussia Dortmund and Augsburg; therefore, we do not believe that they are capable of grabbing something from Saturday’s clash. Marius Bulter has joined the likes of Rodrigo Zalazar, Sepp van den Berg, Ibrahima Cisse, and Marcin Kaminski in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Charles Aránguiz):
Charles Aranguiz is a Chilean footballer who plays for Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen as a midfielder. Aranguiz spent his youth career at Universidad de Chile and Cobreloa and he continued playing for los Zorros del desierto at senior level.
The Chilean footballer spent some time on loan at Cobresal as well before joining Colo-Colo in 2009. After playing for the likes of Quilmes, Universidad de Chile and Internacional from 2010 to 2015, Charles Aranguiz signed a contract with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen on August 13, 2015. Speaking of his international career, Aranguiz has four caps for Chile U20 team and he made his debut for the senior squad in 2009.
The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder was not selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but he represented La Roja at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Charles Aranguiz was born in Puente Alto (Santiago) on April 17, 1989. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both defensive and right midfielder as well. Aranguiz’s preferred foot is right.
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.