Schalke 04 vs FC Cologne Prediction, Preview and Betting Tips
“Veltins-Arena” in Gelsenkirchen is set to host the late Saturday Bundesliga clash between Schalke 04 and FC Cologne. Hosts from Gelsenkirchen are the clear favourites but should they underestimate the struggling visitors Cologne or not? Read on in our detailed match preview, prediction and betting tips.
H2H History: Schalke 04 vs FC Cologne
Last season Schalke 04 failed to win on both occasions when facing “The Billy Goats” and if a draw at the “Rhein-Energie-Stadion” in Köln was a relatively acceptable result, then a 1:3 home defeat was surely a disappointment.
The overall Bundesliga balance between both clubs is: 82 games, 27 victories for Schalke 04 against 36 of Cologne and 19 draws in the period 1967-2017.
Bundesliga: Schalke 04 vs FC Cologne 02.12.2017
“The Miners” should be full of confidence after going on a six matches unbeaten streak. Last weekend they’ve achieved remarkable comeback against their big rivals Borussia Dortmund. Being 4-0 down in the first 25 minutes of the game Domenico Tedesco’s men had to dig deep and they somehow managed to score 4 goals themselves which led the game to a 4-4 finish. Another big boost for Schalke is the potential recovery of Leon Goretzka who is nearing full fitness and could participate in this game. However, Tedesco wont be able to rely on Thilo Kehrer who injured his shoulder against BVB and remains a doubt. Pablo Insua and Nabil Bentaleb are the two certain absentees in the home side.
The visitors from Cologne are in big trouble heading to this game. “The Billy Goats” are the only team which is yet to record a victory in the Bundesliga and are one of the main contenders to be relegated this season. Its seems like even their coach Peter Stoger has given up on their hopes to remain part of the top echelon of the German football, so he started to field youngsters like sixteen years old Yann Bisseck.
Last week Cologne suffered their fourth consecutive defeat after losing 2-0 to Hertha Berlin. And while the defense is obviously not working you would expect the strike force to try and help the team but this is not the case here. Cologne has scored only 4 goals in their 13 league games so far. The long injury list with few of their key players missing is not helping Cologne’s cause either. The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup winner Jonas Hector is still sidelined with a long-term injury but that’s not all, folks. Dominique Heintz, Dominic Maroh, Marco Höger, Marcel Risse, Christian Clemens, Simon Zoller, Jhon Córdoba and Leonardo Bittencourt are other first-team names who feature in that wide list.
Schalke 04 vs FC Cologne Prediction and Betting Tips
Schalke is obviously the team in form here. Given their terrific home record (lost only to Bayern Munich so far) and the poor form of Peter Stoger’s squad we can’t see any further but a comfortable win for “The Miners”. Cologne has been losing at HT and FT in nine of their last 12 games, so we will back the hosts to be winning at HT/FT.
Possible Lineups of Schalke 04 and FC Cologne
Venue: “Veltins-Arena”, Gelsenkirchen.
Referee: Tobias Stieler.
FC Schalke 04: Ralf Fährmann – Matija Nastasic, Naldo, Benjamin Stambouli – Bastian Oczipka, Max Meyer, Leon Goretzka, Daniel Caligiuri – Amine Harit – Yevhen Konoplyanka, Guido Burgstaller. (3-4-1-2)
1. FC Köln: Timo Horn – Lukas Klünter, Jorge Mere, Frederik Sörensen, Jannes Horn, Konstantin Rausch – Salih Özcan, Matthias Lehmann, Tim Handwerker – Yuya Osako, Sehrou Guirassy. (5-3-2)