Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Schalke did not make a flying start to the season, but they have been improving their game week by week and the team’s recent form is pretty good. Die Knappen produced a fine performance in Saturday’s Ruhr derby against Borussia Dortmund and it has to be noted that they are on a seven-game unbeaten run ahead of Thursday’s Europa League match against Krasnodar. Schalke aim to keep their 100% record in Group I intact and we predict that the Bundesliga team will go for a victory in Thursday’s football match against Igor Shalimov’s troops. Krasnodar sit in second place in Group I ahead of the trip to Germany and, taking everything into account, both teams should be happy with one point from the VELTINS-Arena clash. The Russian outfit have already netted seven goals in the Europa League group stages this term and we believe that fans will see a lively contest in Gelsenkirchen.
Highlighted Player (Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting):
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for Schalke 04 as a winger. Choupo-Moting joined die Knappen in 2014, but he played for fellow German sides Mainz, Nurnberg and Hamburger in the past as well. He was part of FC St. Pauli during his youth career. The Cameroonian international, who was born in Altona, Hamburg, represented the Indomitable Lions at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and he made the Cameroon 2014 World Cup squad as well. Choupo-Moting is well known for his speed and he often makes life difficult for the opposition defenders. His main position is left wing, but he is capable of playing as a centre forward as well. Choupo-Moting scored six goals in 28 appearances for Schalke in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign, but many people believe that he was producing much better performances with Mainz. The Cameroonian attacker scored 10 goals in 32 league appearances for die Nullfunfer in the 2013/2014 season. Choupo-Moting, who was born on 23 Match, 1989, began his youth career at Teutonia 05.
Highlighted Team (Krasnodar):
Krasnodar are one of several Russian clubs that were founded in the 21st century (2008). The Byki were promoted to the Russian Premier League in 2011 and they were playing under Serbian tactician Slavoljub Muslin back then. Krasnodar finished the 2014/2015 season in third place in the standings and that is regarded as the club’s biggest success. The club’s biggest rivals are Kuban Krasnodar and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the local derby. The Bulls participated in the 2015/2016 Europa League group stages and it has to be noted that they managed to beat star-studded Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in front of home fans. However, they failed to make life difficult for Sparta Prague in the last 32, losing 4-0 to the Czech outfit on aggregate. Krasnodar play their home matches at Krasnodar Stadium, the venue that was built in 2016. The capacity of the stadium is 33,000.