Our football match prediction:
High-flying Schalke will be looking to extend their winning run to five games in all competitions when they host Darmstadt at their Veltins Arena on Sunday afternoon. Die Knappen have been climbing the standings week by week and a win over Darmstadt would see them regain their spot in the top half of the table. Schalke have been impressive in the Europa League this term and thanks to a 2-0 win over Nice they managed to keep their 100% record in Group I intact. Markus Weinzierl’s troops are eyeing their seventh consecutive win at home and seeing that the Lilywhites sit in the danger zone ahead of the trip to Gelsenkirchen, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from Sunday’s football match. Darmstadt are on a four-game losing run in all competitions and, taking everything into account, they are unlikely to spoil Schalke’s party at Veltins Arena.
Highlighted Player (Julian Draxler):
Julian Draxler is arguably one of the most impressive footballers to have come out of Schalke’s youth academy in recent years and he spent ten years in the academy before he was promoted to the senior side in January 2011. The attacking midfielder soon started showcasing his skills at the biggest stage and just a year later received his first Germany call-up. Draxler scored 18 goals in 119 league appearances for Schalke before moving to Wolfsburg in a high-profile deal in the closing stages of the 2015 summer transfer window. Despite his fragile age, the talented footballer has already made over 15 outings for the Germany national team, making one substitute appearance as Die Mannschaft went on to claim the 2014 World Cup trophy. An exciting player capable of playing on either wing or through the middle, Draxler boasts a good goalscoring record and also regularly creates chances for his teammates, although he has yet to fully realise his potential.
Highlighted Team (Darmstadt):
SV Darmstadt 98 are a professional football club that compete in the German Bundesliga. Darmstadt were founded in 1898 and the club’s original name was FC Olympia Darmstadt. In 1905 the club changed its’ name to Sportvererien Darmstadt 98. Die Lilien (The Lilies) play their home games at Merck-Stadion am Bollenfalltor and the capacity of the ground is 17,000. After spending 33 years in lower leagues, Darmstadt competed in the German Bundesliga in the 2015/2016 campaign, with the team finishing the season in 14th place in the standings, just two points clear of the relegation zone. Die Lilien wear blue shirts and white shorts and their main rivals are Kickers Offenbach. The likes of Bruno Labbadia, Gino Lettieri, Zivojin Juskic, Kosta Runjaic, Lothar Buchmann are some of the most famous coaches that used to be in charge of the team in the past. It has to be noted that Darmstadt have won the Hesse Cup seven times (1966, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013).