Schalke plays visiting Cologne at the Veltins Arena on October 5, 2019 in German Bundesliga action.
FC Schalke 04
FC Schalke was founded on May 04, 1904 and they are the second-largest club in Germany with 155,000 members as of June 2018. As of May 2019, Schalke is the 14th most valuable football club in the world at $683M. Schalke competes with Borussia Dortmund in the Revierderby.
Schalke has won a total of seven German championships, five DFB Pokals, one DFB Super Cup and one UEFA Super Cup. They are also the first German football club to accomplish the club double, doing so in 1937. They finished 14th in the final Bundesliga table during the 2018/19 season.
Their Goal Difference of +7 goals ranks 5th in the German League. Schalke has scored 13 goals this season, 4th overall. They are also ranked 4th in assists with a total of 8 for the current season. On defense, Schalke has conceded a total of six goals this term, 4th best overall.
Midfielder Amine Harit has scored four goals and has two assists to lead the Schalke attack.
Defender Salif Sane and Suat Serdar each have scored two goals while Jonjoe Kenny and Bastian Oczipka have two assists each. Goalkeeper Alexander Nubel has conceded six goals and has 17 saves on the season.
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FC Koln or FC Cologne was founded in 1948. They won the Bundesliga 2 during the 2018/19 season, earning an immediate promotion to the top flight one year after they were relegated. This is a club which has finished as runners-up five times in the Bundesliga 1 and a squad which has captured the Bundesliga title twice in 1964 and 1978.
FC Cologne was crowned as German football champions in 1962 and they are also four-time winners of the DFB-Pokal. When it comes to the 2.Bundesliga, FC Cologne has won it four times, including the triumph last season. The team is dubbed as the Billy Goats because it has a male goat mascot named Hennes, who is named after veteran FC player and manager Hennes Weisweiler.
The Billy Goats are ranked 17th in the Bundesliga in Goal Difference at -11 goals. The club has scored a total of four goals so far this season, 17th overall with two of those goals assisted, tied for 18th overall. On the defensive end of the field, Cologne has conceded a total of 15 goals this season, tied for 16th overall.
Forwards Anthony Modester, Simon Terrode and Dominick Drexler have scored one goal each this season. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri has also found the back of the net early in the season. Skhiri also owns two of Cologne’s assists this season. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Timo Horn has allowed 15 goals with 13 saves on the season.
Schalke 04 is currently ranked 4th in the German Bundesliga with a record of 4-1-1 SU after six rounds. After their 0-1 loss to Bayern Munich in week 2, Schalke has chalked up four consecutive wins, conceding just three goals in those four matches. In their last match played, Schalke defeated RB Leipzig 3-1. Schalke is the soccer betting favorite to beat FC Cologne here.
FC Cologne is 17th in the Bundesliga ladder with a 1-0-5 SU record. After getting their first win of the season against Freiburg, Cologne has lost three straight matches to Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin, failing to score in each of those matches.
Head to head, Cologne has won four out of their last 10 matches. Schalke has three wins while these teams played to a draw in three other matches during that period. These teams have figured in a draw in their last three meetings, including a 2-2 tie last April 22, 2018 which stands as their last meeting.
These are two teams who are trending in different directions and with this match slated to be played at the Veltins Arena, I don’t see their fortunes changing on Saturday. Schalke has opened their season strong and should continue to do so against the struggling FC Cologne squad. Prediction: Schalke 04