Our football match prediction:
As expected, Hamburger were not capable of matching Mainz at Opel Arena on Saturday (1-3) and, as a result, they remained in the relegation zone in the Bundesliga standings. Die Rothosen, though, suffered only one loss in previous five league matches and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Schalke. Hamburger are eager to record a win in the last game before the winter break and we predict that the relegation strugglers will adopt an attack-minded approach in Tuesday’s football game. Schalke, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form. Die Knappen are on a four-match winless run in all competitions and the visitors should be happy with one point from the game. In previous two meetings between the two teams in the national championship Schalke emerged triumphant, but we believe that they will share the spoils at Volksparkstadion this time out.
Highlighted Player (Johan Djourou):
Johan Djorou is a former Arsenal defender who plays for Hamburg in Bundesliga. Djorou was born on 18 January, 1987 and he started his youth career at Etoile Carouge. On 1 August, 2003 he joined Arsenal and he made his first senior start for the Gunners in a 3-1 win over Everton in the League cup. Djourou made 86 league appearances for Arsenal, scoring only one goal for the capital club. After spending several seasons on loan at Birmingham City, Hannover and Hamburg, he signed a permanent deal with die Rothosen in April 2014. The Swiss defender played 13 games for Hamburg in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign. Speaking of his international career, Djourou, who was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, decided to represent Switzerland on the international stage and he made his debut for the Rossocrociati on 1 March 2006, against Scotland. Djorou represented Switzerland at Euro 2016, but he had been left out of the Switzerland 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.
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.