Our football match prediction:
Hannover impressed on their return to Bundesliga, with the team beating Mainz on the road in the opening game of the season. Martin Harnik scored for die Roten in the 1-0 win over the Nullfunfer and the experienced attacker is likely to pose a big threat for Schalke defenders in Sunday’s football match at HDI-Arena. Hannover are tough to beat at home, but the game against Schalke will be anything but a walk in the park for the newcomers. Die Knappen produced a thrilling performance in a 2-0 win over last season’s runners up Leipzig on the opening day of the season and they certainly want to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Both teams managed to keep a clean sheet at the weekend and, taking everything into account, a low-scoring affair appears on the horizon and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils on Matchday 2.
Highlighted Player (Manuel Schmiedebach):
After starting his youth career at Nordberliner, Manuel Schmiedebach moved to Hertha BSC in 2003. The 170-cm-tall defensive midfielder scored six goals in 36 appearances for Hertha II from 2006 to 2008 and then he joined fellow Bundesliga side Hannover 96. After playing 46 games in the league for Hannover II he made his debut for the first-team on August 8, 2009 in a 1-0 loss to his former club Hertha. Manuel Schmiedebach was born in Berlin, Germany on December 5, 1988 and it has to be noted that he has 10 caps for Germany U19 team. His main position is defensive midfield, but he is used as a right-back as well if needed. Manuel Schmiedebach made 26 appearances for Hannover 96 in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign and he provided one assist for his teammates, while receiving nine yellow cards in the process. Manuel’s preferred foot is right and his contract with die Roten expires on June 16, 2016.
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.