Our football match prediction:
Out-of-sorts Schalke will be looking to give fans some cheer when they welcome Salzburg at their Veltins-Arena on Thursday evening. Die Knappen suffered a loss in each of their five Bundesliga games this season, but they did well to beat Nice at Allianz Riviera in their Europa League opener. Schalke’s next rivals Salzburg suffered a 1-0 loss to Krasnodar in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, meaning that the visitors are likely to go all guns blazing at the Bundesliga team in Thursday’s football match. Both sides are capable of scoring a number of goals and there is every chance we will see a high-scoring affair at Veltins-Arena. Three years ago Schalke and Salzburg faced each other in a friendly game and it has to be noted that the Red Bulls emerged triumphant in the warm-up match. Taking everything into account, fans should see goals galore in Gelsenkirchen.
Highlighted Player (Coke):
Coke began his professional career at Rayo Vallecano, playing 180 games for the capital club between 2005 and 2011. The pacey full back joined Sevilla in June, 2011 and he made a right decision when he moved to the fellow La Liga side. The Spanish footballer, who is capable of playing as both full back and a winger, won three UEFA Europa League trophies with los Sevillanos (2014, 2015, 2016) and he made it to the Spanish Cup final in the 2015/2016 season with the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan outfit. Sevilla, though, failed to make life difficult for Barcelona in the title game. After spending five years in Andalusia, Coke signed a three-year contract with Schalke on 31 July, 2016 for a fee of €5 million. However, before the start of the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign he suffered a serious injury in a warm-up game against Bologna. Speaking of his international career, Coke has one cap for Spain U16, but he has yet to make his debut for the first team.
Highlighted Team (Red Bull Salzburg):
Salzburg are a professional football club that compete in Austrian Bundesliga. The club’s main sponsors are Red Bull and, as a result, they are well known under the name of the Red Bulls. The club was founded on 13 September, 1933 and they won their first Austrian Bundesliga trophy in 1994. Salzburg quickly established themselves as the dominant force in the national championship and they are the most successful Austrian club in the 21st century. It has to be noted that they won their tenth Austrian Premier League trophy in 2016, finishing the season nine points clear of second-placed Rapid Wien. The Red Bulls welcome their rivals at Red Bull Arena, the stadium that was opened on 8 March, 2008. The capacity of the venue is 31 895. Salzburg participated in the 1993/1994 UEFA Cup final, but Italian side proved to be a big catch for the Austrian outfit. Inter recorded a 2-0 win over Salzburg in the final (on aggregate).