Our football match prediction:
Schalke kick off the new Bundesliga campaign with a match against Leipzig at their VELTINS-Arena. Die Knappen failed to impress in the German top flight last term, with the team finishing the season in tenth place in the standings and, no doubt, they are eager to regain their spot in European competitions. The club chiefs did well to keep hold of first-team regulars in the summer transfer window and Schalke are definitely capable of making life difficult for Leipzig at home in the opening match of the season. The Red Bulls, on the other hand, will represent Germany in the Champions League this season and playing on three fronts could prove to be a big problem for the team. Emil Forsberg is still part of the team and all eyes will be on him when the two teams face each other in Gelsenkirchen. Both Schalke and Leipzig are likely to go for a win in their opener and we predict that both teams will find the net in Saturday’s football match.
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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 (RB Leipzig):
Leipzig are a professional football club founded in 2009. Die Bullen (The Bulls) were unbeaten in the 2012/2013 Regionalliga Nordost and, as a result, they secured promotion to the 3. Liga. After finishing the 2013/2014 3. Liga campaign in second place in the standings, Leipzig were promoted to the 2. Bundesliga and they competed in the German second tier for two seasons. Despite suffering a loss to Karlsruher on the last day of the 2015/2016 2. Bundesliga campaign, die Bullen secured promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time ever. Leipzig play their home games at Red Bull Arena (42,959) and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1954. Die Bullen wear white shirts and red shorts while their away kit is blue and yellow. Ralph Hasenhuttl was appointed as the team’s manager at the end of the 2015/2016 season and you should know that the likes of Ralf Rangnick, Achim Beierlorzer, Alexander Zorniger, Peter Pacult, Tomas Oral and Tino Vogel were in charge of the team in the past as well.