Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
Arminia Bielefeld will be aiming to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Dynamo Dresden when they welcome Schalke 04 at their SchucoArena on Tuesday evening. The 2. Bundesliga side want to claim a major scalp in the DFB Pokal last 32, but they will have to be at their sharpest in the clash against die Knappen if they are to advance to the next round.
The Bundesliga side kicked off their German Cup campaign with a 5-0 win over Drochtersen/Assel, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Arminia Bielefeld. The hosts are seen as one of the main favourites to secure automatic promotion to the German top flight, and we believe that they are capable of holding Schalke 04 to a draw in 90 minutes. You should know that under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of their previous three meetings in the Bundesliga.
Highlighted Player (Alexander Nubel):
Alexander Nubel is a German goalkeeper who plays for Schalke 04 as a goalkeeper. Nubel started his youth career at TSV Tudorf and he moved to SC Paderborn in the summer of 2005. The 193-cm-tall shoot-stopper, though, did not see any game action with Paderborn at senior level as he joined Schalke 04 in 2015.
After making 24 appearances for the reserve team, Alexander Nubel made his debut with the senior team on May 14, 2016. The German goalkeeper made 18 appearances for die knappen in the 2018/2019 Bundesliga season, keeping five clean sheets in the process. Alexander Nubel has 17 caps for the Germany U21 team as well, but he has yet to earn a call-up for the senior team.
The talented shoot-stopper was born in Paderborn, Germany on September 30, 1996. His preferred foot is right and he has a contract with die Knappen until June 30, 2020.
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.