Preview - Schalke vs Hamburg 19 Nov

Started by Bensergi, Nov 19, 2017, 04:49 PM

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Schalke vs Hamburg

Schalke star Leon Goretzka is in doubt after suffering a troublesome shin problem, and that has added to head coach Domenico Tedesco's worries. Midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, another key component behind Schalke's good season so far, is also due to a nagging groin complaint.
Fortunately, the team's other key players Naldo, Matija Nastasic and Max Meyer should all be fit to start. At the other camp, Hamburg midfielder Lewis Holtby is likely to make the bench after recovering from a bout of flu, but Albin Ekdal has been ruled out after suffering a thigh injury in Sweden's 2018 FIFA World Cup play-off first leg against Italy.

Arp, 17, scored his second goal of the season against Stuttgart: he's currently HSV's top scorer. Only Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner were younger when scoring their second Bundesliga goal.

USA international Bobby Wood remains doubtful with a knee problem, which could mean a second successive Bundesliga start for 17-year-old striker Jann-Fiete Arp.

Schalke are unbeaten in the last five Bundesliga games (W3 D2) - their longest run of 2017. Defence has been key with only 10 goals conceded.

The Royal Blues boast the second-best defensive record in the league. Domenico Tedesco's side have only allowed one goal in the last four games.


Match Stats:

  • Schalke 2-0 Hamburg
  • Shots: 11-5
  • Possession: 50%-50%
  • Corner kicks: 7-6

Belying their lowly position in the table, Hamburg began well, with Filip Kostic a threat on the left, although the visitors failed to create any noteworthy chances in the first quarter-hour. That lack of creativity was punished once Schalke hit their stride, Franco Di Santo coolly converting from the spot in the 17th minute after Yevhen Konoplyanka had been brought down inside the box. Going a goal to the good played into Schalke's game plan; thereafter, the Royal Blues were in control and unthreatened, although - one Thilo Kehrer header aside - Domenico Tedesco's side failed to fashion any opportunities in front of goal to add to the lead before the break.

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