Our football match prediction:
Schalke 04 proved their worth in the Ruhr derby, with the team sharing the spoils with their local rivals Borussia Dortmund at their Veltins Arena. Die Knappen extended their unbeaten run in the league to three games and they will be looking to regain their spot in the Europea League berth with a victory over Werder Bremen. Schalke 04, who will face Ajax in the Europa League quarter-finals, are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Bremen and we predict that the visitors will pick up all three points from Tuesday’s football match. Werder, though, have been in a fine form of late and the fact that they outclassed the likes of Leipzig and Freiburg in previous two league fixtures if giving home fans a reason for optimism ahead of Matchday 30. Anyhow, Schalke are more of a team than Werder Bremen and we are tempted to put our money on the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Theodor Gebre Selassie):
Born to Ethiopian father and Czech mother, Theodor Gebre Selassie was the first ever player of African descent to represent the Czech Republic national team when he was handed his debut back in 2011. The right-sided defender has since done well to nail down a regular starting berth and went on to play at the Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 finals. Gebre Selassie represented the likes of Vysocina Jihlava, Velke Mezirici, Slavia Prague and Slovan Liberec, before the solid showing at the 2012 European Championship helped him earn a move to Werder Bremen. The right back has performed well at the Weserstadion, but he eventually lost his place in the Czech Republic starting XI, making just three appearances during the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. However, having amassed over 30 appearances for the national team with a proud history, he can be quite satisfied with how his international career has panned out so far, while there is still time to further raise his stock.
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.