Our football match prediction:
Buoyed by a splendid 4-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke square off against Freiburg at Schwarzald-Stadion. Die Knappen occupy tenth position in the Bundesliga standings, but seeing that they are only four points behind the Europa League berth, we predict that the visitors will go all guns blazing at the hosts in Sunday’s football match. Schalke failed to book their place in the Europa League semis as they were beaten by Ajax in the two-legged tie and, no doubt, they will be fully focused on the national championship in the remainder of the season. A man to watch in the away team will be January signing Burgstaller, who scored a brace in the 4-1 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen. Freiburg experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Darmstadt at the weekend and, taking everything into account, they are unlikely to grab something from Sunday’s clash against die Knappen.
Highlighted Player (Amir Abrashi):
Despite being born in Bischofszell, Switzerland, Amir Abrashi decided to represent Albania on the international stage. The 172-cm-tall footballer was born on 27 March, 1990 and he made his Albania debut on 14 August, 2013 in a friendly against Armenia. It has to be noted, though, that he played for Swiss youth national teams (U17, U19, U21). Amir Abrashi represented Switzerland at the 2012 Summer Olympics as well. Speaking of his club career, the Albanian footballer made his senior debut for Winterthur II in a goalless draw with GC Biaschesi on 16 May, 2007. Abrashi made 58 league appearances for the first team as well and in 2011 he signed a permanent deal with fellow Swiss side Grasshopper. After scoring 5 goals in 100 appearances for the club, he joined Freiburg on 3 June, 2015. Abrashi signed a three-year contract with the Bundesliga outfit. He plays for Freiburg as a defensive midfielder, but he is capable of producing fine performances as a central midfielder as well.
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.