Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
VELTINS-Arena will host Wednesday’s football game between Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen, the two teams who take on each other in the DFB Pokal quarter-finals. Schalke 04 are high on confidence following a very important win at Hannover, but the game against Werder will be anything but a walk in the park for the host. Die Knappen sit in the danger zone in the Bundesliga standings and seeing that they are having a season to forget, home win should not be considered.
Die Werderaner, on the other hand, are on a three-game winning run in the German top flight and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Schalke. However, considering that die Knappen are tough to beat at home, we believe that the winner will be decided after extra-time. You should bear in mind that over 2.5 goals have been netted in seven of their last eight meetings in all competitions.
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 (Werder Bremen):
Werder Bremen is a German football club from the German city Bremen which holds different divisions next to football. Werder Bremen is playing in the Bundesliga since the start of it. The club was founded in 1899 and is playing its games in the Weserstadion which has a capacity of 43 000 spectators. The club colors of Werder Bremen are green and white. Known nicknames for the club from Bremen are Die Werder and Die Grün-Weißen.
Werder Bremen is a very successful club with 4 Bundesliga titles, 6 DFB Pokals, 4 Super Cups and one UEFA cup. Currently Werder Bremen is not competing for the title or Champions League positions anymore.
Important players in the history of Werder Bremen are: Pizarro, Voller, Klose, Ozil, Ailton and De Bruyne.