Our match prediction:
Following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen Schalke 04 recorded a 3-1 win over Hannover at HDI-Arena at the weekend. Die Knapen managed to put an end to their four-game winless run in Bundesliga and they will be looking to climb to the Champions League berth with a victory over Augsburg on Saturday afternoon. Andre Breitenreiter’s men are just two points clear of seventh-placed Mainz and a win over Augsburg would definitely help them move one step closer to book their place in the European competitions. Die Fuggerstadter recorded three wins in previous four league games and their top-flight status is no longer in danger. Augsburg defeated the likes of Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg in previous two away fixtures in the Bundesliga, but considering that Saturday’s football game is of big importance for the hosts, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed.
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.