Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
Veltins-Arena will host Wednesday's football match between Schalke and Wolfsburg, who face each other in the DFB Pokal quarter-finals. Die Knappen are enjoying a very successful season and they are certainly capable of booking their place in the Champions League, but they have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 German Cup campaign as well. Leon Goretzka, who will join Bayern Munich in the summer, is undisputedly the team's key player and all eyes will be on him when Schalke face Wolfsburg. The Wolves continue their life without Mario Gomez and seeing that they are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that die Knappen are going to advance to the DFB Pokal semis. Wolfsburg recorded their last win at Veltins-Arena back in 2008 and we do not believe that the Wolves are capable of putting an end to the negative trend. It has to be emphasized that Schalke emerged triumphant in three of their last four meetings with Wolfsburg.
Highlighted Player (Andriy Konoplyanka):
Arguably the most talented footballer to have worn the Ukraine jersey since Andriy Shevchenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka is a creative midfielder who can play on either wing as well as through the middle. The talented footballer started attracting interest from abroad soon after coming through the youth ranks at Dnipro, but he resisted temptation to join a top European club and waited for his contract to expire before signing a four-year deal with Europa League holders Sevilla. As expected, Konplyanka quickly proved his worth at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, scoring important goals in La Liga and Europe during his debut season. Together with Andriy Yarmolenko, he has formed one of the best wing partnerships in international football, scoring 11 goals in his first 50 appearances for the national team. After starting all three games at the Euro 2012 on home soil, Konoplyanka helped Zbirna qualify for the Euro 2016 finals, netting two times in eleven qualifiers as Ukraine defeated Slovenia in the play-offs.
Highlighted Team (Wolfsburg):
Wolfsburg are a German football club founded in the aftermath of the World War II (1945). Die Wolfe (The Wolves) wear green and white shirts and they play their home games at Volkswagen Arena. The capacity of the stadium is 30,000 and it was opened on 13 December, 2002.
It is well known that German car manufacturer Volkswagen are the club’s main sponsors. Wolfsburg won the Bundesliga trophy in 2009 and the likes of Edin Dzeko, Grafite and Zvjezdan Misimovic were part of the club’s golden generation.
You should bear in mind that Grafite and Dzeko scored 54 goals between each other in the 2008/2009 Bundesliga campaign and that the team clinched the trophy thanks to a 5-1 win over Werder Bremen on 23 May, 2009. Die Wolfe won the German Cup trophy in 2015, with the team beating star-studded Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the title game. Wolfsburg are a team that has no bitter rivals in German football.