Our match prediction:
FSV Mainz will visit Gelsenkirchen for the difficult away confrontation with Schalke 04. Mainz started the season of good with 6 points out of 3 games. While Schalke 04 managed to collect 4 points in 3 games. Dutch striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar started the season with a goal but was unable to score in the next 2 games. For Schalke 04 a victory at home against Mainz is crucial for the rest of the season in order to stay in the race for European football.
Highlighted Team (Schalke 04):
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.