Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
All eyes will be on Volkswagen Arena when Wolfsburg and Schalke 04 face each other in the DFB Pokal last 16. Wolfsburg aim to extend their winning run to four games, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Schalke in the German Cup clash. The Wolves have been impressive at the back of late, with the team eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet. Keep in mind, though, that the likes of Ginczek, Steffen, and Weghorst are all likely to miss the game through injuries.
Die Knappen, on the other hand, are having a season to forget. Schalke 04 will almost certainly drop to the German second tier at the end of the season, and, taking everything into account, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Wolfsburg’s party at Volkswagen Arena. The likes of Ludweig, Paciencia, Ronnow, Sane, and Skrzybski are all likely to miss the game with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Kevin Mbabu):
Born in Chene-Bougeries, Switzerland on April 19, 1995, Kevin Mbabu is a defender who plays for Young Boys. Mbabu started his youth career at Servette and he continued playing for les Grenats at senior level. However, it has to be noted that he made no more than one appearance for Servette in the league during the 2012/2013 season.
Kevin Mbabu then joined Premier League side Newcastle United and after spending two seasons on loan at Rangers and Young Boys, he signed a permanent deal with the Stade de Suisse outfit in 2017. His main position right back, but he is used as both centre and left back as well.
Mbabu is eligible to play for Switzerland, DR Congo and France due to his mixed descent, but he decided to represent the Rossocrociati at senior level. Mbabu made his Switzerland debut in September, 2018 in a 6-0 win over Iceland. His contract with Young Boys should expire in June, 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.