Our match prediction:
Die Roten are on a three-game undefeated run for the first time since October. They turned a sure loss against Ingolstadt into a share of spoils in the final thirty minutes, but, unfortunately, a point was not enough for them to improve their survival chances, as we can now say Hanover will definitely play in the lower division next season. Schalke still have their chance for a European spot next term, but they need to arrest the current negative trend and start winning. Even though die Konigsblauen were two goals ahead of Leverkusen, Chicharito and Co needed only six minutes for a complete turnover. Andre Breitenreiter’s side have serious problems in the back in recent matches. They suffered three straight losses on the road, failing to net a single goal in the process, while conceding eight times. However, Daniel Standel’s men are not known for their efficiency, nor for their winning mentality at HDI-Arena. The prediction is we will witness a close match, ending in a low-scoring draw.
Highlighted Team (Schalke 04):
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.