Our football match prediction:
Lokomotiv Moscow play host to Schalke 04 at their RZD Arena on Wednesday evening. The Russian side experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Galatasaray, but a victory over Schalke 04 will surely see them regain a much-needed confidence. Lokomotiv Moscow are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in their first home game of the process and seeing that die Knappen made a very slow start to the new Bundesliga campaign, home win should be considered. Schalke 04 did well to share the spoils with Porto in their opener, but seeing that they have been struggling to find their form at the start of the new Bundesliga campaign, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of spoiling Lokomotiv’s party in the Russian capital. A man to watch in the home team will be Russian attacker Fjodor Smolov.
Highlighted Player (Eder):
Eder is a Portuguese footballer who helped A Seleccao win their first ever major title as he scored a late goal against France in the 2016 European Championship final. Eder was born on December 22, 1987 in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, but he eventually decided to represent Portugal on the international stage and, no doubt, that proved to be the best decision of his life. Speaking of his club career, the 190-cm-tall attacker played for the youth team of ADC Ademia from 1999 to 2006 and in 2006 he moved to Oliveira Hospital. He player for the likes of Tourizense, Academica and Braga in Portugal as well before joining Swansea City in the summer of 2015. Eder made his Premier League debut on August 8, 2015 in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea, but it has to be noted that he failed to find the net for the Swans in the English top flight. After failing to impress at Swansea City, Eder joined Lille on loan in the 2016 January transfer window and four months later he signed a permanent deal with les Dogues.
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.