Our match prediction:
Hoffenheim are undefeated in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign, but they have yet to record a win in the national championship this season. Die Kraichgauer shared the spoils with the likes of Leipzig, Mainz, Wolfsburg and Darmstadt in previous four league fixtures and they will be looking to record their first win of the season when they welcome Schalke at their WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Sunday afternoon. Die Knappen, on the other hand, took the lead in Wednesday’s football match against Koln, but they eventually suffered a 3-1 loss to the Billy Goats. Schalke 04 sit in the relegation zone ahead of the trip to Hoffenheim and seeing that the visitors head into the match with the lack of confidence, we predict that Julian Nagelsmann’s men are going to pick up all three points from the game. In their last meeting at WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena Schalke emerged triumphant, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highligted Player (Kaderabek):
Pavel Kaderabek is a Czech Republic defender born on 25 April 1992, who has enjoyed a bright start to his professional career. Coming through the youth ranks at Sparta Prague and gaining some first team experience during a loan spell with Viktoria Zizkov, the right-sided defender was finally able to show what he is capable of during the 2012/2013 season and he didn’t need a lot of time to make the next step in his career. After scoring impressive 10 goals in 76 league appearances for Sparta Prague, Kaderabek joined Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015, shortly after he had established himself as a starting right-back in the Czech Republic national team. The talented footballer helped Repre make it to the Euro 2016 finals by starting 9 qualifying matches, once again proving his killer instinct by scoring two goals. Pavel Kaderabek looks set to become one of leading players of the new generation and a big club move may not be far away either.
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.