Our football match prediction:
Schalke will be aiming to build on a 2-0 win over Hertha when they welcome Mainz at their VELTINS-Arena. Die Knappen occupy fifth position in the standings ahead of Friday’s football match against die Nullfunfer and they aim to climb to the Champions League berth. Guido Burgstaller scored his second goal of the season at the weekend and he is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts against Mainz. Sandro Schwarz’s men have been in a fine form in Bundesliga of late and they aim to extend their three-game unbeaten run in the national championship. With only three points separating the two teams in the Bundesliga table, a close encounter appears on the cards and we predict that the two sides are going to play out a draw in Gelsenkirchen. Schalke defeated Mainz in the last two meetings between the two teams, but the two teams are likely to share the spoils this time out.
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 (FSV Mainz):
1. FSV Mainz 05 is a German football club from the city Mainz. The club managed to reach the highest German football division the Bundesliga in 2009. FSV Mainz was founded in 1905. The club host it’s home game in the Coface Arena which holds a capacity of 35 000 seats. The stadium was build in 2011 and is considered as one of the most modern stadiums in the nation. De most known nickname for FSV Mainz is Die 05’er. The club colours are red and white. FSV Mainz never won a title in their history. Not in the Bundesliga and not even in the 2. Bundesliga or the 3. Bundesliga. Mainz managed to reach the UEFA Cup in 2005/2006 where they lost against Sevilla FC. In 2011/2012 and 2014/2015 the club from Mainz got knocked out in the qualification stage.Known players that played in the Mainz kit in their career are: Holtby, Schurrle, Klop pand Subotic.