Our football match prediction:
Mainz will be aiming to make amends for a shocking 2-1 loss to rock-bottom Darmstadt when they square off against Schalke at their OPEL ARENA. Die Nullfunfer have been struggling to find their best form in the second half of the season and they have been dropping down the standings week by week. Coach Martin Schmidt is under big pressure following the defeat to Darmstadt and, no doubt, the hosts will fight tooth and nail in Sunday’s football game against Schalke. Die Knappen rolled over Augsburg at their Veltins Arena at the weekend and they will be looking to escape the danger zone with a victory over Mainz on Matchday 25. However, considering that Schalke’s displays on the road leave a lot to be desired, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils at OPEL ARENA. January acquisition Guido Burgstaller scored twice against Augsburg and he will be the man to watch in the away team.
Highligted Player (Yoshinori Muto):
Yoshinori Muto joined FC Tokyo youth school at the age of 16 and he remained at the club until 2010. After spending three years at Keio University, the Japanese striker returned to Tokyo in 2013 and it has to be noted that he played 51 league matches for FC Tokyo, scoring 23 goals for the club. On 30 May, 2015 Muto signed a contract with Mainz and he has been playing for the Bundesliga outfit ever since. Muto made 20 appearances for Mainz in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign, scoring seven league goals for the club. The pacey attacker made his Japan debut on 5 September, 2014 in a friendly against Uruguay. He came as a substitute after 58 minutes, replacing Yusuke Minagawa. He scored his first goal for the Samurai Blue four days later in a 2-2 draw with Venezuela. Yoshinori Muto was born in Tokyo on 15 July, 1992. Muto is a centre forward and his side positions are left wing and attacking midfield. His market value on 22 July, 2016 was €5.5 million.
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.