Schalke vs Werder Bremen: Preview, Team News, Likely Lineups, And Prediction
Schalke are level on points with Bayer Leverkusen in the second place with 34 points from the opening 20 league matches.
Schalke will host Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga this weekend at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen. Schalke’s last match was a 2-0 win at the Mercedes Benz Arena against VfB Stuttgart. Naldo and Amine Harit scored a goal each to earn all three points for the away side.
Werder Bremen played host to Hertha Berlin in their last league match. The match at the Weser Stadion ended up as a 0-0 draw even though Bremen dominated the possession and had seven shots on the Hertha goal.
With Bayern running away with the title with a 16-point lead, both these teams will be targeting second place and will want to get one better against their direct rivals as far as the table is concerned with a win against Werder Bremen this week.
Werder Bremen are on the wrong side of the table and occupy the relegation playoff place. They have accumulated 17 points so far and are just a point above 17th placed Hamburg, The team above Bremen are Mainz who have 20 points from the 20 matches so far.
Head to Head
These two teams have faced off against one another 98 times before in the league before this clash in this weekend. Schalke have 39 wins to Werder Bremen’s 40 wins. The teams have shared the spoils on 19 occasions when they have faced each other in the Bundesliga.
The most recent meeting at the Weser Stadion was won by Schalke 2-1 as they came back from a Ludovic Lamine Sane goal for Werder Bremen thanks to goals from Veljkovic and Leon Goretzka.
Midfielder Weston McKennie has a crack in his knee and is out until March, so is unavailable for selection. Centre-back Pablo Insua has inflammation and has been on the sidelines since September and is unlikely to return to fitness earlier than May.
Centre-backs Naldo and Matija Nastasic, and midfielders Daniel Caligiuri and Max Meyer have picked up four yellow cards each and will miss the next match if they are booked in this match.
Striker Fin Bartels has an Achilles tendon rupture and will probably be out until the end of the season. Keeper Michael Zetterer has a wrist injury and will be unavailable for selection for this fixture. Right-winger Justin Eilers has also picked up an injury and is a doubt for this match.
Yuning Zhang has been called up to the national side, and the center forward will not be available for selection for this match.
Midfielders Philipp Bargfrede and Florian Kainz, and right-back Robert Bauer have all accumulated four bookings in their previous matches and will miss the following match if they pick up a yellow card against Schalke.
Schalke vs Werder Bremen Lineup (Predicted XI)
Schalke Lineup (3-4-3)
Goalkeeper: Fahrmann (GK)
Defenders: Stambouli (LCB) Naldo (CB) Kehrer (RCB)
Midfielders: Oczipka (LM) Goretzka (LCM) Meyer (RCM) Caliguiri (RM)
Attackers: Konoplyanka (LW) Di Santo (ST) Harit (RW)
Werder Bremen Lineup (4-3-3)
Goalkeeper: Pavlenka (GK)
Defenders: Augustinsson (LB) Moisander (LCB) Veljkovic (RCB) Gebre Selassie (RB)
Midfielders: Eggestein (LCM) Bargfrede (CM) Delaney (RCM)
Attackers: Junuzovic (LW) Zhang (ST) Gondorf (RW)
Schalke vs Werder Bremen Prediction
Schalke will be the favorites for this match, and the team looks to be in good form chasing second place. Werder Bremen will be looking over the shoulders as well as looking forward at the teams right above them in the table with a hope that they can catch the sides with a few good results in the upcoming game-week.
Schalke won’t want to slip up and give the teams around them any kind of advantage. Anything other than a win for Schalke will be a disappointment and Werder Bremen may be quite happy to even come away with a point in this match.
Our prediction for this match is a 3-1 win for Schalke.