Preview - Paderborn vs Schalke 16 September 19

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Match Day 4
Paderborn  vs. Schalke
Monday, September 16th 2019
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Benteler-Arena

Last five matches form: W L L L D
Average goals per match (18/19): 2.24
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.47
Top Scorer (18/19): Christopher Antwi-Adjej & Sven Michel (10)

Last five matches form: D D D L W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.09
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.62
Top Scorer (18/19): Daniel Caligiuri (7)

It's been a fairly tough start to life back in the Bundesliga for Paderborn, with just the one point from their opening three fixtures. Their first home game of the season didn't quite go to plan as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat against Freiburg. They will be hoping for better on Match Day 4 as Schalke come to town.

There have only ever been four previous meetings between these sides, and Schalke have won them all, including when doing the double over Paderborn in their only previous Bundesliga campaign of 2014/15. All the games have been tight though, with Schalke never winning by more than just the one goal.

Just the one player missing for each side in this one with Sebastian Schonlau out for the home side and Nabil Bentaleb side-lined for Schalke.

Paderborn were effective at home in 2. Bundesliga last season, losing only one of 17 and averaging just a smidge under three goals scored per game. The summer departures of Phillipp Klement and Bernard Tekpetey has robbed the side of two players who had 27 goals between them though.

Schalke were pretty hit and miss on their travels last season, with four wins from 17. They are on a decent run at present though and head here unbeaten in their last five on the road, including draws at Leverkusen and Gladbach in the current campaign.
This is by no means a gimme for Schalke. They do have the better side on paper though and can do enough to pick up the points.

Prediction: Paderborn 1 - 2 Schalke


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 5
Shots:  11 - 17
Shots on target: 1 - 11
Corner Kicks: 3 - 5
Possession: 46% - 54%

Sven Michel and Klaus Gjasula were both booked for the home side, with Jonjoe Kenny of Schalke also having his name taken by referee Robert Schroder.

It was clear almost throughout that Schalke were the better-quality side - at least on this day - but Paderborn did manage to hang on in there until the break. That resistance capitulated in the second half though as they were simply blown away in the end, and a quick look at the stats will tell you that they can have few real complaints.

It all started so well for Paderborn too, with the hosts taking the lead in just the eighth minute. Sven Michel playing in a cross from the left-hand side and Cauly rising highest to power an excellent ten-yard header into the left-hand side.

Schalke drew level in the 33rd minute. Bastian Oczipka getting a second crack at sending in a cross from the left and lobbing a high ball into the heart of the six-yard box. Salif Sane making it his to head home into the left-hand side. 1-1 at the break.

Schalke took the lead for the first time four minutes into the second half. The home side failing to properly clear their lines and the ball breaking to Suat Serdar around twenty yards out in a central area. Serdar's low effort taking a wicked deflection on the way through to leave the keeper helpless on its way into the bottom right.

The points were then all but secured 19 minutes from time. Excellent driving run down the right from Jonjoe Kenny and a good cutback to Amine Harit towards the edge of the area. Smart touch to his left from Harit before firing into the bottom left corner from twelve yards.

The fourth arrived seven minutes from time. Guido Burgstaller slipping in Ahmed Kutucu in the right of the area. Kutucu rounding the keeper to the right before firing into the left-hand side from just to the right of the six-yard box.

Still time for one more, and it came in the 85th minute. Kutucu latching on to a ball across goal in the right of the area and cutting back for Harit to sweep into the left-hand side from twelve yards out to the right.

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