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The Bundesliga 2 meeting at Veltins-Arena on Friday will see hosts Schalke locking horns with Hamburg.
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Schalke will be looking to improve on their last outing here following the 1-0 Bundesliga 1 defeat in their last game at the hands of Cologne.
In that match, Schalke managed 34% possession and 6 attempts on goal with 0 of them on target. 1. FC Köln had 21 attempts on goal with 10 of them on target. Sebastiaan Bornauw (86') was the scorer for Cologne.
Matches featuring Schalke have proved to be lively affairs of late with plenty of scoring expected. Over their past 6 games, the sum of 22 goals have been scored for both teams combined (at an average of 3.67 goals per game) with 7 of them being chalked up by Schalke. Such a pattern isn’t assured to be carried forward into this game, though.
Hamburg head into the clash after a 4-0 Bundesliga 2 win over Eintracht Braunschweig in their previous fixture.
In that game, Hamburg managed 50% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target. For Hamburg, the goalscorers were Sonny Kittel (7', 21'), Robin Meißner (45') and Simon Terodde (76'). On the other side, Eintracht Braunschweig had 17 attempts on goal with 3 on target.
Hamburg have seen success in front of goal leading up to this encounter, scoring 14 goals in their previous 6 matches. While their manager Tim Walter will no doubt take that as a positive sign, Hamburg can also improve defensively after being scored against in 5 of those same games.
Head to head
An examination of their past head to head meetings stretching back to 26/09/2015 shows us that Schalke have won 3 of these games & Hamburg 2, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 1.
A combined sum of 18 goals were produced between them in this period, with 10 of them from Schalke and 8 coming from Hamburg. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.
The previous league clash between these clubs was Bundesliga 1 match day 29 on 07/04/2018 when it finished Hamburg 3-2 Schalke.
That time, Hamburg managed 61% possession and 18 attempts on goal with 7 on target. Goals were scored by Filip Kostić (17'), Holtby (52') and Hunt (84').
For their opponents, Schalke got 7 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Naldo (9') and Guido Burgstaller (63') scored.
The match was refereed by Christian Dingert.
Team News: Schalke
Rabbi Matondo (Knee Problems), Ralf Fährmann (Corona virus) and Omar Mascarell (Torn Muscle Fibre) will be missing for Schalke manager Dimitrios Grammozis.
Team News: Hamburg
Hamburg boss Tim Walter has not got a full squad to pick from. David Bates (Torn Muscle), Tom Mickel (Acromioclavicular Separation), Anssi Suhonen (Thigh Problems), Jeremy Dudziak (Ankle Injury), Josha Vagnoman (Torn Muscle Fibre), Robin Meißner (Intraarticular ligament fissure) and Stephan Ambrosius (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) can’t be considered.
We envisage that Hamburg and Schalke could both end up scoring in what appears to be a good match-up, with little separating these two teams.
Let’s see how this one goes, but it looks this could be a draw. With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a very close game with a 1-1 score draw when all is said and done.
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Stadium: Veltins-Arena (62,271)
Chairman: Alexander Jobst
Manager: Dimitrios Grammozis