Our match prediction:
Having dropped two points in Sunday’s match against Koln, Wolfsburg will be looking to record their first win of the new year when they take on Schalke 04 at Veltins-Arena on Saturday. Die Knappen head into the match following a 2-0 win at Darmstadt and a win over Wolves could see them climb to the Champions League berth in the Bundesliga standings. Schalke 04 were more than unfortunate to suffer a 3-1 loss to Werder Bremen in the opening match of the second half of the season, with the team missing a number of clear-cut chances to score against die Werderaner. Seeing that Wolfsburg do not seem to be at the top of their game at the moment, we will not be surprised if the hosts pick up all three points from the Veltins-Arena clash. In their last meeting in Gelsenkirchen Schalke recorded a 3-2 win over Dieter Hecking’s troops.
Highligted Player (Dante):
Dante is a left-footed defender who was born in Salvador, Brazil on 18 October, 1983. The 189-cm-tall centre back, who is capable of playing as a left back as well, started his senior career at Juventude. After making 53 appearances for the club between 2002 and 2004 he moved to Ligue 1 outfit Lille. He played for Belgian sides Charleroi and Standard from 2006 to 2009 and on 27 December, 2008 he signed a contract with Borussia M’gladbach for an undisclosed fee. After impressing with the Fohlen in the 2011/2012 Bundesliga campaign he moved to Bayern Munich at the end of the season and it has to be noted that he scored three goals in 83 league appearances for FCB. In 2015 he signed a contract with fellow Bundesliga team Wolfsburg and he played 24 league games for the Wolves in the 2015/2016 season. In 2013 he won the Champions League trophy with Bayern Munich and he lifted the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil the same year.
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.