Schalke 04 vs Red Bull Salzburg
UEFA Europa League – Group Stage
Date: Thursday, 29th September, 2016,
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK
Venue: Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen.
Schalke 04 will welcome Salzburg to Veltins-Arena on Thursday evening as they hope to get a second win of UEL group stage campaign.
Schalke 04 grabbed a win in their first Europa League group stage game, they defeated Nice 0-1 away at France. Baba’s 75th minutes strike was enough to give the Germans a win in the game. However, Schalke have been poor this Bundesliga season, they are on a losing streak in the Bundesliga.
Schalke are currently rocking the bottom of the Bundesliga table with 0 points, as they have lost all their games this season. They will enter this game from a 2-1 away Hoffeinham on Sunday.
Salzburg kicked off their Europa League group stage with a 1-0 loss against Krasnodar. Joaozinho’s 37th minute goal was the only goal of the match as Salzburg were unable to equalize despite the opponents going down to 10 men in the 71st minute.
Salzburg have been good in the Austrian Bundesliga, they in the 2nd position with 18 points from 9 games. They are currently in an unbeaten run and will enter this game from a goalless draw in their Sunday games.
Schalke: Team News
Jorge Andular Coke, Atsuto Uchida and Donis Avdijaj are all out on injury. Bernard Tekpetey and Fabian Geifer are doubt for the game, while Sidney Sam is back in training.
Salzburg: Team News
Andre Wisdom is the only injured player in Salzburg camp, while Samil Prevljak is a doubt.
Schalke vs Salzburg: Head to Head Statistics
Both teams have only played met once which was a club friendly game in 2013. Salzburg defeated Schalke in that fixture as the game ended 3-1.
Schalke vs Salzburg: Prediction
The home team are currently on a very poor condition, they have lost 5 of their Bundesliga opening games. They have failed to score in 3 of their 5 Bundesliga games and have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 Bundesliga games.
Salzburg are currently on an unbeaten run, they have won 2 of their last 3 and drawn 1. They have scored at least 4 goals in 3 of their last 5 games.
Despite Salzburg’s good form, there are no favourite in this fixture. The game could go either way but i expect the two teams to score in the game.
Schalke vs Salzburg: Tips
- Both teams to score
- Over 2.5 goals