Our football match prediction:
Buoyed by a 3-1 win over Stuttgart Schalke head into Saturday’s football match against Werder Bremen. Die Knappen proved their worth in the victory over the newcomers, with Guido Burgstaller opening his goal-scoring account. Schalke climbed to fifth place in the Bundesliga standings, but they do not want to stop now and they are likely to go for a win in Saturday’s clash against die Werderaner. Werder Bremen did well to hold Hertha to a 1-1 draw at Olympiastadion Berlin at the weekend, but they have yet to record a win in the 2017/2018 Bundesliga season. Seeing that the hosts are desperate to return to winning ways in the German top flight, a high-scoring affair appears on the horizon and we predict that both teams are going to find the net at Weserstadion. In has to be noted that over 2.5 goals have been netted in each of last four meetings between the two sides in Bundesliga.
Highlighted Player (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.