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Paderborn will do battle with visitors Schalke at Benteler-Arena in this Bundesliga 2 tie on Sunday.
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SC Paderborn 07
Paderborn, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after a 0-3 Bundesliga 2 success against Dynamo Dresden.
In that game, SC Paderborn 07 managed 43% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 5 on target. For SC Paderborn 07, goals were scored by Sven Michel (8') and Kai Pröger (24', 26'). For their opponents, Dynamo Dresden had 15 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target.
Three or more goals per game were recorded in 5 of the last 6 meetings where SC Paderborn 07 have participated. Opposing sides scored 6 of them in this period while SC Paderborn 07 amassed a tally of 13.
Coming into this meeting, SC Paderborn 07 are unbeaten in their last 2 home league matches.
Schalke will come into the clash following a 3-1 Bundesliga 2 win with the eclipse of Fortuna Dusseldorf in their previous fixture.
In that game, Schalke managed 52% possession and 19 attempts at goal with 11 of them on target. For Schalke, the scorers were Marius Bülter (15') and Simon Terodde (46', 90'). Fortuna Düsseldorf had 17 shots on goal with 6 on target. Shinta Appelkamp (12') scored for Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Schalke have seen success in front of goal of late, having scored 13 times in their last 6 matches. Having said that, Schalke can also improve defensively after being scored against in 5 of those same clashes. Previous results aside, time will tell if that pattern might be maintained in this game or not.
Head to head
The last league match between these sides was Bundesliga 1 match day 21 on 08/02/2020 when the final score was Schalke 1-1 SC Paderborn 07.
In that game, Schalke had 66% possession and 15 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Their only player to score was Ahmed Kutucu (63').
On the other side, SC Paderborn 07 got 14 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Klaus Gjasula (81') scored.
The referee was Felix Brych.
Team News: Paderborn
The Paderborn boss Lukas Kwasniok will be grateful to have no fitness worries whatsoever before this match with a completely healthy group available to choose from.
Team News: Schalke
Schalke manager Dimitrios Grammozis has multiple availability issues to deal with. Danny Latza (Knee Injury), Ko Itakura (Groin Injury), Salif Sané (Knee Problems) and Blendi Idrizi (Bruised Knee) are those who can’t be considered.
It seems to us that Schalke and SC Paderborn 07 could both well score more than once here although it’s hard to see a clear-cut winner.
A draw looks like a realistic possibility but, again, we don’t expect it to end goalless. With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a very even match with a draw at the end of this game.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Benteler-Arena (15,000)
Chairman: Elmar Volkmann
Manager: Lukas Kwasniok
Competitions: Bundesliga 2 position 2
🔑 Key Man: Sven Michel
Mostly deployed in the Striker position, Sven Michel was born in Freudenberg, Germany. After making a first senior appearance for Energie Cottbus in the 2013 - 2014 season, the goalscoring Forward has scored a sum of 4 league goals in the 2. Bundesliga 2021 - 2022 campaign to date in a total of 5 appearances.