Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Sunday’s football game between Hoffenheim and Schalke will bring down the curtain on the Bundesliga round 27. Hoffenheim aim to build on back-to-back wins over Hertha Berlin (3-1) and Werder Bremen (2-1), and they must be high on confidence ahead of the visit of Schalke. Munas Dabbur has yet to serve his ban, while all Robert Skov, Kasper Dolberg, Justin Che, Jacob Bruun Larsen, and Grischa Promel remain on the sidelines with injuries.
Die Knappen, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen, and given their shaky defence, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the in-form hosts. When the two teams met in the DFB Pokal in October 2022, Hoffenheim rolled over Schalke 5-1. As for the visiting side, all Kenan Karaman, Moritz Jenz, Sepp van den Berg, Soichiro Kozuki, Danny Latza, Jere Uronen, Sebastian Polter, and Justin Heekeren remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Sebastian Rudy):
After spending his youth career at the likes of Dietingen, Zimmern and Stuttgart, Sebastian Rudy started playing for Stuttgart II at senior level. The right back, who is capable of playing as a midfielder as well, made 37 league appearances for the Stuttgart reserve team, scoring 12 goals in the process.
After making 15 appearances for the first team, he joined Hoffenheim in 2010 and he has been playing for the Bundesliga team ever since. Sebastian Rudy is very quick on the ball and he is able to deliver a decent cross. Rudy scored two goals in 24 league appearances for Hoffenheim in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign.
Speaking of his international career, Rudy made his Germany debut on 13 May, 2014 in a friendly match against Poland in Hamburg. However, he did not make Germany Euro 2016 squad. Rudy has a contract with Hoffenheim which expires on 30 June, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Schalke):
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.