Schalke 04 vs Hertha Berlin. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more
FC Schalke 04 will host Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga 28th-tour match at Veltins Arena. The fixture will take place on Saturday, April 15, beginning at 00:00 IST.
What can we expect this Saturday night? Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.
Schalke 04 News & Current Form:
For Schalke this season is a failure. The team has not won several matches in a row in the German championship and remains in last place (18) in the standings. The players from Gelsenkirchen scored 21 points and are only one point behind their upcoming opponent, so the upcoming match is one of the most important in the season.
Schalke lost to TSG Hoffenheim 0 – 2 last round and extended its winless streak to four matches. The team drew with Borussia Dortmund and FC Augsburg and also lost to Bayer 04. Schalke have only two wins in the last 13 matches in all competitions. At the same time, the team is not so bad on their home field lately. They have not lost in four of the last five home matches in the Bundesliga. However, they won only one.
Reis’s chances of turning things around at Schalke are hindered by their extensive injury list. Players such as Leo Greiml, Moritz Jenz, Kenan Karaman, Soichiro Kozuki, Jere Uronen, Sebastian Polter, and Justin Heekeren are all expected to miss the crucial match against Hertha on Friday.
Coach was highly critical of his team’s performance and commitment levels during their previous loss to Hoffenheim, and it would come as no surprise if he made significant changes to the starting lineup. Danny Latza and Dominick Drexler are likely to be included in the team.
Hertha Berlin News & Current Form:
Hertha is not far away from their future opponent. In the table they are in the penultimate 17th place, only 1 point ahead of their upcoming opponent. In the last round the team lost at home to RB Leipzig 0 – 1. Sandro Schwartz’s team also has little reason to celebrate: five games without a win.
And if you look at the away games, there are even 10 games without success. Two draws and eight losses, just two points from a possible 30. And in each of these games Hertha conceded. Sandro Schwartz still keeps his position, but rather out of despair. The club is in total disarray. If Hertha keep their place in the Bundesliga, it could be called a feat.
On the other hand, Hertha will be missing Jean-Paul Boetius, Chidera Ejuke, and Kelian Nsona for their upcoming game. However, Stevan Jovetic, who made a comeback from injury during the match against Leipzig, could potentially start.
Schwarz is likely to include one or two more attackers in the lineup, as he played with a cautious formation against Leipzig. This could mean that Marco Richter might replace Jonjoe Kenny as the right wing-back to offer a more attacking option down that side.
Schalke form guide: W-W-D-D-L-L
Hertha Berlin form guide: W-L-D-L-D-L
Schalke 04 vs Hertha Berlin Head-To-Head Record:
- August 31, 2019: Schalke 04 3 – 0 Hertha Berlin (Bundesliga);
- January 31, 2020: Hertha Berlin 0 – 0 Schalke 04 (Bundesliga);
- February 4, 2020: Schalke 04 3 – 2 Hertha Berlin (DFB Pokal);
- January 2, 2021: Hertha Berlin 3 – 0 Schalke 04 (Bundesliga);
- May 12, 2021: Schalke 04 1 – 2 Hertha Berlin (Bundesliga);
- October 23, 2022: Hertha Berlin 2 – 1 Schalke 04 (Bundesliga).
Schalke 04 vs Hertha Berlin Predicted XI:
Schalke possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Fahrmann; Brunner, Yoshida, Matriciani, Ouwejan; Latza, Kral; Drexler, Zalazar, Bulter; Terodde.
Hertha Berlin possible starting lineup (3-5-2): Christensen; Uremovic, Kempf, Dardai; Richter, Tousart, Sunjic, Boateng, Plattenhardt; Lukebakio, Ngankam.
Statistical preview of the match Schalke 04 vs Hertha Berlin:
- Hertha are victorious in their last 3 head-to-head games against this opponent.
- Hertha are winless in their last 5 games.
- Schalke are scoring an average of 1.00 goals per game in their last 5 games.
- Hertha have scored an average of 1.60 goals per game in their last 5 games.
- Hertha have conceded an average of 1.40 goals per game in their last 5 games.
- Schalke have conceded an average of 1.60 goals per game in their last 5 games.
- Schalke’s First XI average age is 27.4 yrs.
- Hertha’s First XI average age is 26.4 yrs.
- Schalke’s top scorers: Marius Bulter (7 + 1), Dominick Drexler (3 + 3), Simon Terodde (3 + 0).
- Hertha’s top scorers: Dodi Kukebakio (10 + 1), Marco Richter (4 + 3), Suat Derdar (4 + 1).
What has been said before the match:
Coach Thomas Reis about his team’s objectives for the game:
“We want to play good football, be brave, get stuck in and keep all three points here, with the help of the fans. I will set the tone and the team will definitely follow suit. We know that it’s a very important game and that we have the chance to move up the table into the play-off spot, at least for the night. That’s an extra bit of motivation for us.”
“We need to do everything we can on the pitch so that the fans see that the team is giving it their all in order to be successful. If we do that, then the mood will remain positive.”
“Hertha BSC are under just as much pressure. The most important thing is that we have a successful game. We’re in a relegation fight, we’re not here to play nice or put our foot down. If it’s close to a red card, so be it. We’re here to fight.”
Hertha boss Sandro Schwarz ahead of the Bundesliga clash:
“There is obviously tension ahead of the game, but this is also paired with a lot of anticipation ahead of a very emotional away game. It is a very important game. We still have seven games ahead of us. For the last couple, we have received praise, but not a lot of points. This game presents an enormous opportunity for us.”
“We need aggression on Friday and can’t back down from 50:50 challenges, but it will also be important not to go too far and get carried away in the emotion of the game.”
“You should never be relaxed playing a game in the Bundesliga, you need a certain level of emotion. For us, that means that we need this attitude, this basic level of intensity, as well as needing clarity in the way that we want to play.”
“The fact that one or two players have played there previously could be an advantage. We know what to expect from the crowd there in any case. Regardless, the game will be decided on the pitch.”
Schalke 04 vs Hertha Berlin Prediction:
This is a very important game for the formulation of powers at the bottom of the Bundesliga table. Both sides need to ensure a win, however, Schalke are playing on home soil which can become a crucial factor in such clashes. And the recent home results from Gelsenkirchen suggest they probably will be closer to a win. However, can Thomas Reis and Co. clinch all three vital points? It seems that this question is a slippery one – first of all, such principle matches are very nervous and therefore excessively cautious, and secondly, the hosts are second in the Bundesliga in terms of draw results (9). It should also be taken into account that these are the lowest scorers in the league (31 vs 21), while their defensive record is on a similar level (1.85 per game).
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Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: Schalke 04 will not lose and the match total will be less than 2,5– Yes,