Our football match prediction:
After coming from four goals behind to share the spoils with Borussia Dortmund in the Ruhr derby, Schalke will be looking to return to winning ways in the Bundesliga when they welcome rock-bottom Koln at their VELTINS-Arena. Die Knappen showed character in the local derby and they are certainly brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of the Billy Goats. Domenico Tedesco’s team are on a seven-game unbeaten run in the German top flight at the moment and they are still in the race for the title. Guido Burgstaller, who scored his fifth goal of the season in the Ruhr derby is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Koln and the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Peter Stoger’s men are stuck at the bottom of the Bundesliga standings and seeing that they have yet to record a win in the national championship this term, home win is on the cards.
Highlighted Player (Konoplyanka):
Arguably the most talented footballer to have worn the Ukraine jersey since Andriy Shevchenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka is a creative midfielder who can play on either wing as well as through the middle. The talented footballer started attracting interest from abroad soon after coming through the youth ranks at Dnipro, but he resisted temptation to join a top European club and waited for his contract to expire before signing a four-year deal with Europa League holders Sevilla. As expected, Konplyanka quickly proved his worth at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, scoring important goals in La Liga and Europe during his debut season. Together with Andriy Yarmolenko, he has formed one of the best wing partnerships in international football, scoring 11 goals in his first 50 appearances for the national team. After starting all three games at the Euro 2012 on home soil, Konoplyanka helped Zbirna qualify for the Euro 2016 finals, netting two times in eleven qualifiers as Ukraine defeated Slovenia in the play-offs.
Highlighted Team (1. Koln):
FC Koln is a German football club from Koln and is currently active in the Bundesliga. The club was foundedon 13th of February in 1948 after a fusion between Koner BC01 and SpVgg Sulz07. Like many German football clubs FC Koln is not only a football club but has different other sports departments as well.FC Koln currently hosts it’s home games in the Rhein Energie Stadium which holds a capacity of almost 51 000 spectators and was recently renovated in 2004.The main club colours are white and red. The most known nickname for FC Koln is Die Geißböcke which literally means the Goats. The biggest rivals of FC Koln are Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach and Fortuna Dusseldorf. The club from Koln holds a narrow relationship with St Pauli, Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain.FC Koln is one of the most successful clubs in Germany winning the Bundesliga title 3 times and the DFB Pokal 3 times. Notable players that played for FC Koln are Schuster, Korput, Olsen, Weber and Muller.