Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
After rolling over Hoffenheim 4-1 at the weekend, Borussia M’gladbach will look to return to winning ways in the Bundesliga when they take on Schalke on Saturday evening. Die Fohlen want to keep their Conference League hopes alive, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at die Knappen. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Jonas Hofmann, who impressed in the last league match, while talented midfielder Yvando Borges Sanches remains on the sidelines with injury.
Meanwhile, the relegation strugglers produced a fine display in a goalless draw with Koln, but given their poor away record (0-2-6) in the 2022/2023 Bundesliga campaign, we do not believe that Thomas Reis’ troops are capable of spoiling Hoffenheim’s party at Borussia-Park. Niklas Tauer is a major doubt, while all Sebastian Polter, Justin Heekeren, and Sepp van den Berg remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Yann Sommer):
After making 133 league appearances for Basel between 2007 and 2014, Yann Sommer joined Borussia Monchengladbach on March, 2014. The Swiss goalkeeper signed a five-year deal with the Bundesliga outfit and he was signed to replace Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who joined Barcelona.
Sommer made 34 appearances for Borussia M’gladbach in the 2014/2015 season and it has to be noted that he managed to keep 15 clean sheets. As a result, die Fohlen finished the season in third place in the standings. The Swiss shoot-stopper, though, was not as successful in the 2015/2016 season, keeping just 5 clean sheets, while conceding 50 goals in the process.
Sommer made his Switzerland debut on 30 May, 2012 in a 1-0 loss to Romania and he represented the Rossocrociati at both 2014 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2016. The shoot-stopper made 8 appearances for Switzerland on the road to Euro 2016 and he conceded eight goals in the process. Sommer played four games for the Rossocrociati at the tournament in France, conceding two goals, while keeping two clean sheets.
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.