Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Tuesday’s football game at Veltins Arena pits together Schalke and Leipzig, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the remainder of the season. Schalke are stuck at the bottom with only nine points on their account, and, no doubt, the team’s main goal is to secure the Bundesliga survival. Die Knappen suffered a 3-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend, but their display in the first game of 2023 was anything but poor.
All Marcin Kaminski, Sebastian Polter, Niklas Tauer, Justin Heekeren, Alex Kral, Thomas Ouwejan, and Sepp van den Berg are out of contention with injuries. Meanwhile, the Red Bulls played out a 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga derby at the weekend. Top scorer Christopher Nkunku remains in the recovery room, alongside Peter Gulacsi and Abdou Diallo, which is probably the main reason why we are going to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Alexander Schwolow):
One of the key cogs in Freiburg’s push for Bundesliga survival in 2017/18, Alexander Schwolow remains remembered for his impressive displays against some of league’s biggest sides which proved decisive in his team’s relegation battle.
A product of Freiburg academy, Alexander Schwolow was forced to work for his place under the spotlight and it wasn’t until his loan spell in the Third Division with Armenia Bielefeld in 2014 that Schwolow earned his place between the sticks at his parent club. His stock went through a rapid rise in 2016/17 campaign when Alexander Schwolow played a great part in his team’s seventh-place finish and a place in the UEFA Europa league qualification.
Schwolow’s impressive goalkeeping exploits got his name written in the notebook of some of Europe’s biggest clubs and it is fair to say we could see his move abroad in foreseeable future. Alexander Schwolow represented Germany in U18, U19 and U20 categories but has yet to earn a senior cap.
Highlighted Team (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 as 3rd. 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 round in the 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.