Place: RheinEnergieStadion. Köln.
Date: on the 31st of October, 2018 (Wednesday)
Match start: 18:30 (GMT+1)
Tournament: the DFB-Pokal – 1/16 final
Markus Anfang‘s team is in the lead of the second Bundesliga and applies for increase in a class according to the results of the first season in BL2.
Nevertheless, the Billy Goats can’t win three last matches of the championship. Having lost to Duisburg (1:2), the leader has tied with Kieler SV Holstein and Heidenheim, both matches have ended with the score 1:1.
Köln is much better during away matches where it has scored 13 points from 15 possible. At home the team of Anfang has won only one third of matches from six possible, being pleased with equality of the scored and missed goals (11).
The full guard Lasse Sobiech, holding midfielders Vincent Koziello and Nicolas Marty and also the right winger Christian Clemens won’t be able to help team. All of them are injured.
The club from Gelsenkirchen has lost five matches on the start of the championship then has won two but has again lost at home field. At last, in the last round of Bundesliga Domenico Tedesco’s team has tied the game (0:0)with RB Leipzig.
The goalless draw with the Bulls became the second in a row for the Royal Blues which have spent away match of the Champions League against Galatasaray very reliably in defense but awfully in attack. Apparently, the Italian expert has decided to bring order to the back line then he will think about creative ideas.
Still all five goals in the championship for Schalke were scored by different football players. Weston McKennie and Breel Embolo became authors of productive shots of the team in the Champions League. They have made one shot each in a match with RB Leipzig but all the whole team in general hasn’t got on target.
Head-to- head Köln vs Schalke
Last season the teams met three times, in the frames of 1/8 finals of the DFB-Pokal Schalke’s football players were stronger (1:0). But here in the championship the club that has finished its game in a zone of the Champions League couldn’t win over the Billy Goats twice with the score 2:2.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Köln vs Schalke
Köln to win – 2.75
Draw – 3.25;
Schalke to win – 2.50
If to look at points of shots made by the Royal Blues in a match with the Bulls, it is possible to draw a conclusion that the bad realization is a result of mistakes or excessive nervous mood. Five out of six attempts to score were undertaken from the borders of the penalty area – in 10 meters from the line of the gate.
We believe that taking into account not the best form of the Billy Goats in home matches, the cup match will be used by Tedesco for the purpose of finding by team the lost confidence, so the starting lineup will fight for the berth in 1/8 without any rotation. So we consider the guests the favorite of the forthcoming match.