Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Schalke will be looking to build on the Europa League win over Krasnodar when they take on Werder Bremen at their Veltins-Arena on Thursday. Die Knappen booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages without any difficulties, but they have not been as impressive in Bundesliga this season. Schalke have collected just eight from possible 27 points so far and, no doubt, Sunday’s football match against Werder Bremen is of big importance for the hosts. Markus Weinzierl’s troops have been producing splendid performances at home of late and seeing that Werder Bremen head into the game following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Leipzig and Freiburg, we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in the Veltins-Arena clash. In previous four meetings between the two teams in the national championship 12 goals were scored and we would not be surprised if fans see goals galore in Gelsenkirchen.
Highlighted Player (Andriy 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 (Werder Bremen):
Werder Bremen is a German football club from the German city Bremen which holds different divisions next to football. Werder Bremen is playing in the Bundesliga since the start of it. The club was founded in 1899 and is playing its games in the Weserstadion which has a capacity of 43 000 spectators. The club colors of Werder Bremen are green and white. Known nicknames for the club from Bremen are Die Werder and Die Grün-Weißen.
Werder Bremen is a very successful club with 4 Bundesliga titles, 6 DFB Pokals, 4 Super Cups and one UEFA cup. Currently Werder Bremen is not competing for the title or Champions League positions anymore.
Important players in the history of Werder Bremen are: Pizarro, Voller, Klose, Ozil, Ailton and De Bruyne.