Prediction: Schalke - Hamburger
- Title : Prediction: Schalke - Hamburger
Together, Schalke and Hamburg have won 13 German championships. However, this did not save the two traditional clubs from ending up in the second division. The two former clubs of Bundesliga now have the honor of opening the 2021/22 season in the 2nd Bundesliga on Friday evening.
FC Schalke 04 is an absolute traditional club, whose clubhouse is adorned with many important trophies. They won the German championship seven times. There are also five overall victories in the DFB Cup and the unforgettable triumph in the 1997 UEFA Cup.
Nevertheless, the club, which was even in the semi-finals of the Champions League just ten years ago, fell into the second division after an absolutely desolate 2020/21 season. The Royal Blues won just three of their 34 games of the season and were 19 points behind the a safety spot.
The main focus in the opening game should undoubtedly be on Simon Terodde, who moved from the opening opponent Hamburg to the Ruhr area in the summer. Last season, the 33-year-old scored 24 goals in 33 league games wearing the red pants. Now, exactly two months to the day after his last competitive goal for HSV, he could net for the first time.
Schalke have gone without conceding a goal in 4 out of 5 preseason games and the defense looks more solid.
With all the transfer activities, however, there are still many question marks among the squad trained by Dimitrios Grammozis, who have to do without keeper Ralf Fährmann due to an infection.
It is unlikely that Schalke will be able to keep the defensive zero in this game without their main goalkeeper.
|Prediction||Both teams to score|
|Start Time||20:30 : 23-Jul-21|