Our football match prediction:
High-flying Schalke will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Hoffenheim at their VELTINS-Arena. Die Knappen have found their best form at the start of the second half of the season and they are high on confidence ahead of Sunday’s football match. Schalke produced a splendid performance in a 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin in their last home fixture and seeing that key player Leon Goretzka seems to be on top of his game, we predict that the hosts will start a new winning run in the German top flight. Hoffenheim did well to beat rock-bottom Darmstadt on home soil at the weekend, but they were beaten by the likes of Leipzig and Wolfsburg in previous two away games in the league and, taking everything into account, they are unlikely to spoil Schalke’s party at VELTINS-Arena. Yet another man to watch in the home team will be January signing Guido Burgstaller, who has already started paying off.
Highligted Player (Coke):
Coke began his professional career at Rayo Vallecano, playing 180 games for the capital club between 2005 and 2011. The pacey full back joined Sevilla in June, 2011 and he made a right decision when he moved to the fellow La Liga side. The Spanish footballer, who is capable of playing as both full back and a winger, won three UEFA Europa League trophies with los Sevillanos (2014, 2015, 2016) and he made it to the Spanish Cup final in the 2015/2016 season with the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan outfit. Sevilla, though, failed to make life difficult for Barcelona in the title game. After spending five years in Andalusia, Coke signed a three-year contract with Schalke on 31 July, 2016 for a fee of €5 million. However, before the start of the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign he suffered a serious injury in a warm-up game against Bologna. Speaking of his international career, Coke has one cap for Spain U16, but he has yet to make his debut for the first team.
Highlighted Team (Hoffenheim):
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is a German sport club from Hoffenheim in the Baden-Wurttemberg region. The football division played in season 2001/2002 for the first time in the Regionalliga Sud: the third highest football division in Germany. In 2007 the club managed to get to the 2. Bundesliga. One year later in 2007/2008 the club even managed to reach the 1. Bundesliga. Hoffenheim plays it’s home games in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena which was built in 1999. The venue holds a capacity of 32 000 and is one of the most modern stadiums in Germany. The club colours of Hoffenheim are blue and white. The most known nickname for the club is Hoffe. The most famous football player that played for Hoffenheim was Luiz Gustavo.