Our match prediction:
Saturday’s football match at Commerzbank-Arena sees Eintracht Frankfurt face Schalke at the start of the new Bundesliga campaign. Die Adler secured the top flight survival thanks to a win over Nurnberg in the relegation play-offs and they certainly want to record a much better result in the upcoming season. Eintracht defeated Magdeburg on penalties in the opening match of their German Cup campaign at the weekend and they now aim to kick off the new Bundesliga season in style. Schalke, on the other hand, outclassed Villingen in Saturday’s German Cup clash, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in their Bundesliga opener against Eintracht Frankfurt. The club owners signed Basel striker Breel-Donald Embolo in the summer transfer window and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Taking everything into account, we predict that Markus Weinzierl’s men are going to emerge triumphant in Saturday’s match.
Highligted Player (Fabian):
Marco Fabian is a 26-year-old midfielder who plays for German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. This attacking midfielder has started his youth career at Guadalajara before making his senior professional debut with the Mexican club in 2007. Over eight seasons with them, Fabian became a regular and scored more than 50 goals for them. He moved to Eintracht Frankfurt in late 2015. Fabian represented Mexico across various youth levels before finally graduating to the senior team. He earned his first senior cap in 2012 and played his first major tournament with the senior team at the 2013 Gold Cup. He was one of the revelations for Mexico in that tournament with three goals and equal number of assists. Fabian has 25 national caps to his name and six goals to his credit so far. Often regarded for his pace and great long range shots, Fabian has a 2014 FIFA Puskas Award nomination to his credit.
Highlighted Team (Schalke 04):
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.