Our match prediction:
Schalke 04 will host the 3rd round in the Europa League in the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen against the champions from Czech Republic Sparta Prague. Both teams managed to win their last game in the national league. Schalke 04 won 2-1 at home against Hertha Berlin meanwhile Sparta Prague had no trouble beating Pribram (0-4). A victory at home against Sparta Prague would bring Schalke 04 in an excellent position in order to reach the knock out stage of the Europa League. The German team contains more qualities than the Czechs.
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.