Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Freiburg will be aiming to make amends for a heavy 3-0 loss to Stuttgart when they welcome Schalke at their Schwarzwald-Stadion on Matchday 11. Christian Streich’s men did not make a flying start to the season and they sit in the relegation zone in the Bundesliga standings ahead of the visit of die Knappen. Freiburg, though, are tough to beat at home and that is the main reason why we predict the hosts will grab something from Saturday’s football match. Schalke are on a four-game unbeaten run in German elite division and a win over Freiburg would see them climb to the Champions League berth. The visitors have been in a much better form of late than the visitors, but seeing that Domenico Tedesco’s charges often struggle on the travels, there is every chance the two teams will share the spoils at Schwarzwald-Stadion this weekend.
Highlighted Player (Julian Schuster):
Julian Schuster is a German footballer who plays for Freiburg. Schuster was born in Bietigheim-Bissingen, West Germany and he started his youth career at FV Lochgau. After spending 14 years at the club, he joined Stuttgart in 2004. The 190-cm-tall midfielder played 56 games for Stuttgart II and he made no more than two appearances for the first team in the 2007/2008 campaign. It has to be noted that Schuster made his Stuttgart debut on 27 October, 2007 against Bayer Leverkusen. In July, 2008 the German midfielder signed a contract with Freiburg and he has been playing for the Bundesliga outfit ever since. On February, 2014 Schuster extended his contract with Freiburg, which expires on 30 June, 2017. His brother Robin is a football player as well, while his cousin Benedikt Rocker plays for Brondby. Julian Schuster is a defensive midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a central midfielder as well. He has yet to make his debut for Germany national team.
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.