Our football match prediction:
Hertha did remarkably well to come from two goals behind to share the spoils with star-studded Bayern Munich in their last league match and the capital club will be looking to return to winning ways in Bundesliga when they host Schalke at their Olympiastadion Berlin. Pal Dardai’s men are tough to beat at home and they are widely expected to extend their unbeaten run this weekend. Schalke, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 7, but they remained in the top half of the standings. Die Knappen are eyeing a place in European competitions, but they will have a big fish to fry in Saturday’s football match against Hertha Berlin. A close encounter appears on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in the capital of Germany. A man to watch in the away team will be Leon Goretzka, who scored a stunning back-heal goal for Germany in a 5-1 win over Azerbaijan.
Highlighted Player (Fabian Lustenberger):
Fabian Lustenberger is a Swiss player who was born on 2 May, 1988 in Nebikon. The defensive midfielder started his senior career at FC Luzern and he played 34 league matches for the club between 2005 and 2007. Lustenberger joined Hertha Berlin in August, 2007 and it has to be noted that he made 24 league appearances for the capital club in the 2007/2008 Bundesliga campaign. Despite the fact that Hertha dropped to 2. Bundesliga at the end of the 2009/2010 season, the Swiss footballer decided not to leave the club in the summer transfer window. In 2013 Hertha returned to the German top flight and Lustenberger has been the team’s captain ever since. The 180-cm-tall footballer has 25 caps for Switzerland U21 team and he made his debut for the Switzerland national team on 15 November, 2013 in a friendly against Korea Republic. His brother is a football player as well and he currently plays for the FC Luzern reserve team. Fabian Lustenberger’s contract with Hertha expires on 30 June, 2019.
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.