Our match prediction:
Schalke and Shakhtar Donetsk played out a goalless draw in the first leg, but both sides missed several clear-cut opportunities to score in the L’viv Arena clash. We predict that quite a few goals will be scored in the return leg as Andre Breitenreiter’s men are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Schalke head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Stuttgart at their Veltins-Arena and you should know that the Bundesliga side scored at least one goal in each of their previous seven home games in the Europa League. Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu can count on a number of pacey footballers and the visitors are likely to have a lot of opportunities to attack their rivals on the break. Taking everything into account, we will see a real football festival at Veltins-Arena and given that Schalke are tough to beat at home, we would not be surprised if the Germans make it to the Europa League last 16.
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.