Bundesliga Match Preview : Schalke 04 vs FC Köln
Match Preview: Schalke vs FC Köln
After a unreal comeback against Dortmund, Schalke are set to face ultimate strugglers Koln on Saturday night.
Match Details –
Venue : Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen.
Date : 02/12/17 – 23:00 (IST), 17:30 (GMT), 19:30 (CEST).
TV Telecast : Star Sports Select 2 and Star Sports Select 2 HD, beIN Sports, Canal Sports, Sky Sports.
Live Stream : http://www.sport365.live/en/home
Schalke : What a comeback that was! 4-0 they were down in the Signal-Iduna, cameback and scored 4 in the 2nd half. To Commemorate the epic comeback Schalke also made personalized T-SHIRTS. Ah satisfying isn’t it Schalke fans? Now they face a team with no win in the Bundesliga so far, FC Koln. Currently Schalke are flying high and are placed on 3rd position with 24 points from 13 Bundesliga MatchDays. They scored a whopping 20 goals though they also conceded 14 on the way. It remains to be seen what they do against struggling and in need of a win FC Cologne in the Veltins-Arena. Team news is, Thilo Kehrer is out with a shoulder injury, Daniel Caligiuri may also remain out as he is suffering from illness. Pablo Insua is also set to remain out with a Rib injury. Else Domenico Tedesco has a full squad to pickfrom.
Possible line up – Schalke (3-4-2-1) : Fährmann; Stambouli, Naldo, Nastasic; Schöpf, Meyer, Goretzka, Oczipka; Harit, Konoplyanka; Burgstaller.
Köln : The worst start of the Bundesliga ever! No win’s so far and 13 MatchDays are already over. The Billy Goats are right at the bottom of the League with 2 points. Each and every team are likely to score against them as their defense conceded 25 times this term, attacker’s aren’t doing a good job as well as they have found the net only 4 times (if only Anthony Modeste was there). Billy Goats are in need of a win and fast. Though it’s looks highly unlikely for Koln to get a win against the high flying Royal Blues. Koln fans only had a chance to smile when they beat Arsenal 1-0 in the Europa League this season. Things need to change. Peter Stöger will be without a host of first team starters for the trip to Gelsenkirchen, Heintz, Maroh, Quieros, Riise, Bittencourt, Höger, Cordoba, Lehmann, Jonas Hector and Simon Zoller all are out with injuries. The man who scored against Arsenal Seydou Guirassy also has a minor foot problem but he might be able to shake it off on time. Stöger is set to have a tough time naming the first XI surely. Though Koln fans will be relieved to hear that Koln always performed well against Schalke according to Head To Head stats.
Possible line up – Köln (4-2-3-1) : Horn; Klünter, Sörensen, Mere, Rausch; Özcan, Jojic; Clemens, Osako, Handwerker; Guirassy.
Head to Head
Overall – 82 matches.
Drawn – 20 matches.
Schalke won – 26 matches.
Koln won – 36 matches.
Schalke scored – 121 goals.
Koln scored – 147 goals.