Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Despite suffering a 3-1 loss to Porto in their last group game, Schalke 04 advanced to the Champions League knockout stages. Die Knappen managed to meet the goal, but they do not want to stop now. The Bundesliga side aim to put icing on the cake on a successful Champions League campaign with a win over Lokomotiv Moscow and we predict that they are going to take the last group game very seriously. Schalke 04 suffered a heart-breaking loss to their bitter local rivals Borussia Dortmund at the weekend and, no doubt, they are eager to regain confidence. Lokomotiv Moscow are eyeing a place in the Europa League knockout stages, but seeing that die Knappen are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that the Russians are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Gelsenkirchen.
Highlighted Player (Sebastian Rudy):
After spending his youth career at the likes of Dietingen, Zimmern and Stuttgart, Sebastian Rudy started playing for Stuttgart II at senior level. The right back, who is capable of playing as a midfielder as well, made 37 league appearances for the Stuttgart reserve team, scoring 12 goals in the process.
After making 15 appearances for the first team, he joined Hoffenheim in 2010 and he has been playing for the Bundesliga team ever since. Sebastian Rudy is very quick on the ball and he is able to deliver a decent cross. Rudy scored two goals in 24 league appearances for Hoffenheim in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign.
Speaking of his international career, Rudy made his Germany debut on 13 May, 2014 in a friendly match against Poland in Hamburg. However, he did not make Germany Euro 2016 squad. Rudy has a contract with Hoffenheim which expires on 30 June, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Lokomotiv Moscow):
Founded in 1922 as Kazanka, Lokomotiv Moscow are a Russian football club that play their home games at RZD Arena. The stadium was opened in July 2002 and the capacity of the venue is 27.320. Lokomotiv won their first Russian Premier League trophy in 2002, with the team finishing the season just above their local rivals CSKA Moscow. The two teams were level on points (66), but thanks to a better head-to-head record Lokomotiv eventually lifted the trophy. Two years later (2004) the capital club repeated the success and once again CSKA Moscow finished second, only one point behind the Krasno-zelyonyye (Red-Greens). Lokomotiv Moscow have always been attracting high-profile footballers and it has to be noted that the likes of Felipe Caicedo, Peter Odemwingie, Branislav Ivanovic, Igor Denisov, Dmitri Torbinski, Vedran Corluka, Emir Spahic, Lassana Diarra and Jan Durica played for the club in the past. Lokomotiv play their home games in green shirts and red shorts, while they wear white jerseys and white shorts when playing on the travels.