Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
After coming from behind to beat Leipzig at Red Bull Arena, Union Berlin will look to stay in the title race when they take on Schalke on Matchday 21. The capital club are eyeing their sixth consecutive league win, and the bookies see them as favourites to pick up all three points from Sunday’s clash. Andras Schafer has yet to recover from a foot injury, but he should be the only absentee in the home team.
Die Knappen, on the other hand, have drawn each of their last three league fixtures. Schalke have been showing signs of improvement of late, but seeing that Union Berlin are a real force to be reckoned with at home, anything but a routine home triumph would be a major surprise. In the first half of the season Union Berlin crushed Schalke 6-1, and we predict that history is going to repeat itself. All Brunner, Latza, Kaminski, Polter, Heekeren, and van den Berg remain on the sidelines with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Rani Khedira):
Just like his brother Sami, Rani Khedira started his senior career at Stuttgart. The midfielder made 56 league appearances for Stuttgart II, while playing nine matches for the first team. In 2014 he joined Leipzig and he has been playing for Die Bullen ever since.
Rani Khedira was born on 27 January, 1994 in Stuttgart and he has 2 caps for Germany U19 team. The Leipzig midfielder represented Germany U17 at the 2011 FIFA World Cup. Khedira played 15 matches for Leipzig in the 2015/2016 2. Bundesliga campaign and he certainly helped the team secure promotion to the German elite division. He is a central midfielder, but he plays as a defensive midfielder as well.
Khedira has a contract with Leipzig which expires on 30 June, 2017. His highest market value was €1,300,000 on 13 January, 2015. Rani Khedira was born in Germany, but his father is Tunisian. He is a right-footed footballer.
Highlighted Team (Schalke):
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.