Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Werder Bremen will be aiming to build on a thrilling 4-1 win over Hertha Berlin when they host Schalke 04 at their Weserstadion on Matchday 19. Die Werderaner aim to escape the danger zone, and they are seen as favourites to beat the rock-bottom side at home ground. Davie Selke, who suffered an injury at the weekend, is unlikely to feature against die Knappen, with Joshua Sargent pushing for a start.
Schalke experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-0 loss to Bayern Munchen, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Werder Bremen’s party at Weserstadion. The likes of Bentaleb, Kolasinac, Ludewig, Paciencia, Sane, Skrzybski, and January signing Huntelaar are all sidelined with injuries, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. In the first half of the season Werder Bremen defeated Schalke 3-1.
Highlighted Player (Yuya Osako):
Born in Kaseda, Kagoshima, Japan on May 18, 1990, Yuya Osako is a pacey attacker who plays for Bundesliga side Koln. Osako began his senior career at Kashima Antlers and he scored 40 goals in 139 appearances in the league for the club.
The 182-cm-tall attacker then moved to Germany, signing a deal with 1860 Munchen and it has to be noted that he netted six goals in 15 appearances for the Lions. At the end of the 2013/2014 season Yuya Osako joined Koln and he has been playing for the Billy Goats ever since. The Japanese footballer scored seven goals in 30 appearances for Koln in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign and he provided eight assists for his teammates in the process as well.
Speaking of his international career, Yuya Osako made his debut for Japan national football team on September 10, 2013 in a 3-1 win over Ghana. Osako’s main position is a secondary striker, but he is capable of playing as both right winger and a centre-forward as well.
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.