Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
Schalke will be aiming to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Wolfsburg in Bundesliga when they welcome Fortuna Dusseldorf at their VELTINS-Arena in the German Cup round 3. Die Knappen have slim chances of securing a top-six finish in the Bundesliga, meaning that they will give 100% to go all the way in the DFB Pokal. Fortuna Dusseldorf did well to hold Hoffenheim to a 1-1 draw on the road in their last league match, but seeing that they often struggle on the travels, we are tempted to put our money on the home side. Schalke defeated Fortuna in their last meeting in Gelsenkirchen and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Ukrainian winger Konoplyanka is not enjoying a season to remember, but the opposition defenders should have him at bay.
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 (Fortuna Dusseldorf):
Founded on May 5, 1985, Fortuna Dusseldorf are a German side that compete in Bundesliga . The Fingeraner welcome their rivals at their Espirit Arena, the venue that was opened in 2004. The capacity of the stadium is 54,600, but the venue did not host 2016 FIFA World Cup games.
Fortuna Dusseldorf play home games in red shirts and red shorts, with the team wearing white shirts with red stripes and white shorts on the travels. The club did well to win the Western German championship in 1931 and two years later they lifted the trophy in the German championship, which is considered their biggest success.
Speaking of the German Cup, Fortuna Dusseldorf won the DFB-Pokal twice (1979, 1980), while making it to the final of the competition in 1937, 1957, 1958, 1962 and 1978. The likes of Paul Janes, Anton Turek, Stanislaus Kobierski, Klaus Allofs, Ernst Albrecht and Erich Juskowiak are some of notable footballers who played for the Fingeraner in the past.