Our match prediction:
The battle for the fourth position in the Bundesliga will occur at Veltins-Arena this Friday, as Schalke host Borussia Monchengladbach. Die Königsblauen lost the Champions League spot with the defeat at the hands of Hertha in the previous round (2-0), and need a triumph if they plan to leapfrog their next opponent in thåe overall standings. With an easy 3-0 victory over Eintracht, the Foals finally returned to the top four and will not go down without a battle. Raffael has been highly productive of late, with four goals in as many league matches, and he will present a handful to André Breitenreiter’s defenders. Even though Borussia-park outfit managed to beat the team from Gelsenkirchen at Veltins-Arena already this season in DFB Pokal (2-0), they have been waiting for their first away league triumph since the beginning of November (D2 L4), which is why we predict the hosts will take all three points in the forthcoming encounter, since they lost a single game on home soil in their last six matches.
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.