Our football match prediction:
High-flying Bayern Munich will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they face Schalke at their Allianz Arena in the quarter-finals of the German Cup. The Bavarians hammered Hamburger (8-0) at the weekend and, no doubt, they are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Die Knappen. Over the years Bayern Munich have turned their Allianz Arena into a real fortress and seeing that they have been scoring goals for fun of late, we predict that Carlo Ancelotti’s men will emerge triumphant in Wednesday’s football match. Schalke were on the verge of beating Hoffenheim in their last league match, but they eventually shared the spoils with Julian Nagelsmann’s troops at their Veltins Arena. The team’s performance in Sunday’s Bundesliga game was anything but fine and, taking everything into account, the visitors are unlikely to spoil Bayern Munich’s party at Allianz Arena in the DFB Pokal quarter-finals.
Highlighted Player (Ribery):
After playing for the likes of Boulougne, Ales, Brest and Metz in France, Franck Ribery joined Galatasaray in 2005, but he spent no more than six months at the club. The French winger, who was born on 7 April, 1983, returned to Ligue 1, signing a deal with Olympique Marseille. Ribery scored 11 goals in 60 league appearances for the OM and Bayern Munich scouts spotted him during the 2006/2007 season. The French footballer signed a four-year deal with the Bavarians on 7 June, 2007 for a fee of €25 million. Ribery has been playing for the German giants ever since and it has to be noted that he won his sixth Bundesliga trophy in the 2015/2016 season and the Champions League title in 2013. The Bayern Munich ace played for France at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and he made it to the final of the tournament with les Tricolores. He has 13 caps for France U21 team. Ribery’s younger brothers Francois and Steven are footballers as well.
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.