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The Bundesliga 2 tie at Veltins-Arena on Saturday sees hosts Schalke ready themselves for the challenge from opponents Magdeburg.
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Schalke prepare for this fixture following on from a 1-1 Bundesliga 2 draw versus Wehen Wiesbaden.
In that game, Schalke had 50% possession and 15 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. The scorer for Schalke was Tobias Mohr (54'). For their opponents, Wehen Wiesbaden had 13 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Max Reinthaler (95') was the scorer for Wehen Wiesbaden.
It’s been all too rare in recent times that Schalke have shown defensive steel. The reality is that Schalke have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, letting in 10 goals on the way.
Magdeburg will come into the meeting following on from a 6-4 Bundesliga 2 win as they beat Hertha Berlin in their last match.
In that match, Magdeburg had 56% possession and 24 shots at goal with 12 of them on target. For Magdeburg, the goals were scored by Silas Gnaka (7'), Luca Schuler (37'), Jason Çeka (49'), Leon Bell Bell (58'), Mo El Hankouri (68') and Ahmet Arslan (93'). On the other side, Hertha BSC got 13 attempts on goal with 7 on target. Fabian Reese (2'), Marten Winkler (22') and Haris Tabaković (42', 55') scored for Hertha Berlin.
Magdeburg have attacked well leading up to this encounter, having scored 15 goals in their previous 6 matches. Having said that, Magdeburg have had their own issues at the back, also conceding in 5 of those same outings. Let’s find out if that trend will be sustained into this next match.
Heading into this contest, Magdeburg have not been beaten in their last 3 away league matches.
Team News: Schalke
Blendi Idrizi (Muscular problems), Dominick Drexler (Tear in the abductor muscle), Leo Greiml (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Kenan Karaman (Calf Injury) and Bryan Lasme (Muscular problems) will be missing for Schalke manager Thomas Reis. Ron Schallenberg will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
We are thinking that Schalke will probably employ a 4-3-3 formation for the game, beginning the first half with Marius Mueller, Cedric Brunner, Timo Baumgartl, Marcin Kaminski, Thomas Ouwejan, F. Assan Ouedraogo, Paul Seguin, Lino Tempelmann, Tobias Mohr, Sebastian Polter and Derry Murkin.
Team News: Magdeburg
Magdeburg manager Christian Titz has a number of players out of action. Daniel Elfadli (Strain), Herbert Bockhorn (Torn Ankle Ligament), Noah Kruth (Torn Muscle Fibre) and Mohammed El Hankouri (Torn muscle bundle) won’t be making appearances.
We reckon that Magdeburg seem most likely to elect for a 3-4-3 formation, settling for Dominik Reimann, Jamie Lawrence, Amara Conde, Daniel Heber, Leon Bell, Jean Hugonet, Silas Gnaka, A. Nollenberger, Jason Ceka, Luca Schuler and Baris Atik.
It certainly seems that Magdeburg will surely find it tough to find the back of the net against a Schalke side who look likely to get the goals that they need to set up a big win here.
Our tip is for a 3-0 winning margin for Schalke at the end of this one.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Veltins-Arena (62,271)
Captain: Danny Latza
Chairman: Bernd Schröder
Manager: Thomas Reis
Competitions: Bundesliga 2 position 12, DFB-Pokal (First Round)
⭐ Key Player: Simon Terodde
Mostly used in the Striker position, Simon Terodde was born in Bocholt, Germany. After having made a senior debut playing for Duisburg in the 2008 - 2009 season, the talented Forward has accumulated 2 league goals in the 2. Bundesliga 2023 - 2024 season so far from a total of 5 appearances.