Preview - Schalke 04 vs Hertha Berlin 3 March

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Mar 02, 2018, 12:40 PM Last Edit: Mar 03, 2018, 07:06 AM by aaguerra90
Match Day 25
Schalke 04 vs Hertha Berlin
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
22:30 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Veltins-Arena

Schalke 04:
Last five matches: W W L W L
Average goals per match: 1.6
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Guido Burgstaller ( 8 )

Hertha Berlin:  
Last five matches: D L W D D
Average goals per match: 1.2
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Salomon Kalou (9)

Schalke 04 come into this game after defeating Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 last week on the road, earning themselves crucial three points in a fierce battle for the top four spots in the Bundesliga. Only three points separate second place from sixth, so a victory here is essential for Schalke to keep themselves in the running for a Champions League spot for next year. Their top scorer, Guido Burgstaller, will miss this match due to suspension. He was key last week versus Leverkusen, scoring the opener at the BayArena. While the Austrian international's absence will be felt, coach Domenico Tedesco has plenty of options to pick from with Amine Harit, Marko Pjaca, Yevhen Konoplyanka, and Nabil Bentaleb prepared to step into the starting 11.

While Hertha Berlin have managed impressive results recently--drawing versus Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, and defeating Bayer Leverkusen--they have proven to be inconsistent, failing to win against poor sides such as Werder Bremen and Mainz 05. Because of such results the Berlin side find themselves in the middle of the table, in no danger of being relegated but not really fighting for any European football places for next year either. The good news for Hertha Berlin is that they will see the return of their veteran forward Vedad Ibisevic. The Bosnian striker was out with a broken nose but is available to return for the club from the German capital.

This match seems to be a battle of defenses--the two sides are tied in the top five defensive records, having only conceded 30 goals this season. Schalke do hold a slight advantage offensively, scoring 38 goals to Hertha Berlin's 30. Because of their better offensive production and the fact that they play at home, Schalke will emerge victorious in this game.

Prediction: Schalke 2-0 Hertha Berlin


Half Time: 1-0
Full Time: 1-0
Shots: 7-11
Shots on target: 4-3
Corner Kicks: 2-6
Possession: 51-49

A good result for Schalke today as they were able to defeat their rivals Hertha Berlin by a score of 1-0 at home. This result places Schalke at second place with 43 points as they wait for their rivals Borussia Dortmund to play their match later today.

As expected this game came down to their defenses. With only a total of 18 shots taken with only 7 on target from both teams. The lone goal in this match came in the 37th minute from the Croatian striker Marko Pjaca who is on loan at Schalke from Juventus. Franco Di Santo assisted the goal.  Caligiuri found the ball on the wing and placed a low driven cross into the box that was by Di Santo who with a slight touch just guided it behind him for Pjaca to meet it right outside the 6 yard box for a fairly easy tap in. The defender almost got the tackle in to prevent the goal but was unable to prevent Pjaca from scoring.

This was a very important win for Schalke in their race to finish top four and qualify for Champions League next season. They face Mainz 05 away from home on March 9th for their next Bundesliga match. With there only being 7 points difference between 2nd place and 6th place it is important for Schalke to continue in good form in order to keep their Champions League hopes alive.

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