Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Borussia M’gladbach and Schalke 04 face each other at Stadion im BORUSSIA-PARK in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Saturday’s program. Die Fohlen head into the match following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sandhausen in the German Cup and they are seen as favourites to pick up all three points from their Bundesliga opener.
Despite the fact that Thorgan Hazard is no longer part of the team, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. In Hazard’s absence, a man to keep an eye on in the home side will be pacey winger Marcus Thuram, who joined the club earlier this summer. Die Knappen, on the other hand, aim to make amends for the unsuccessful 2018/2019 Bundesliga campaign, but seeing that they often struggle on the travels, we predict that the visitors are going to return to Gelsenkirchen empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (Jonas Hofmann):
Jonas Hofmann is a German football player, who was born in Heidelberg on 14 July, 1992. Hofmann is a right winger who is capable of playing as both left winger and an attacking midfielder as well. He played for Hoffenheim II before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2011 and it has to be noted that he made 71 appearances for the reserve team between 2011 and 2014.
Hofmann made his Bundesliga debut against Hoffenheim on 16 December, 2012. He came as a substitute in the dying minutes of the match. After making 38 appearances for BVB, the German footballer signed a four-year deal with Borussia M’gladbach on 29 December, 2015. His contract with the club expires in 2020. Jonas Hofmann played five games for Germany U18 and he has 10 caps for Germany U21.
You should have in mind that he won two Bundesliga trophies with Borussia Dortmund (2010/2011, 2011/2012), while clinching the German Cup title in 2012 with the Millionaires as well. His was part of the Borussia Dortmund team that faced Bayern Munich in the 2012/2013 Champions League final.
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.