SCH vs KOL Fantasy Preview:
As Schalke hustles into another gameweek of Bundesliga, they will like to grab on to some momentum that has been wildly oscillating in front of them with two victories and two defeats in their last four games. Their latest fixture yielded a fighting defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt that was sealed by some late drama from former Real Madrid star, Luka Jovic as he smashed home twice in a span of 19 minutes.
However, this was preceded by a scintillating victory over Hoffenheim that saw Matthew Hope pumping in a sublime hat-trick laced with a clinical strike from Amine Harit.
Christian Gross will have a good deal of work to do with his contingency that lacks consistency and it has been a major reason for them rubbing shoulders with relegation in the ongoing season.
FC Koln, on the contrary, are still to clinch their first victory of 2021 as their last win came over Vfl Osnabruck in a closely-contested encounter in the DFB Pokal. Anthony Modeste blasted home the solitary netter in the dying embers of the first half. Despite being in the 16th position, which is relatively better than the rock-bottom of the table where Schalke finds themselves cemented, this isn’t an achievement that Marcus Gisdol would specifically be proud about.
This game would be a clash of backbenchers who would be staking everything on the line in order to get themselves something to be happy about in a rigorous schedule of other monstrous outfits preying on them. These are our fantasy picks for what can be an exciting affair of two teams, cemented in the bottom, trying to wriggle free from the clutches of relegation.
FC Schalke 04 versus FC Koln
SCH vs KOL Head to head:
Schalke holds a good deal of sway over Koln when it comes to rivalry between them and Koln as they have managed to win 18 fixtures while Koln stands at 10 victories with 15 games ending in stalemate.
SCH vs KOL Probable Teams:
Schalke: Ralf Fährmann; Timo Becker, Ozan Kabak, Matija Nastasic, Sead Kolasinac; Benjamin Stambouli, Suat Serdar; Amine Harit, Alessandro Schopf, Mark Uth; Matthew Hoppe
FC Koln: Timo Horn; Sebastiaan Bornauw, Rafael Czichos, Sava-Arangel Cestic; Marius Wolf, Ellyes Skhiri, Salih Ozcan, Jonas Hector; Elvis Rexhbecaj, Ondrej Duda; Anthony Modeste
Picks to consider:
Matthew Hoppe is one of the most prolific attacking options for Schalke as his recent form would inspire his team-mates to come to his support.
Anthony Modeste was the hero of the last victory for Koln and he will continue to be an imperative pick for this crucial clash against Schalke.
Match Prediction: Who will win today?
It is not an easy choice to single out a dominant force that can imply a victory over the other and this clash of back-benchers would most likely peter out to a 1-1 draw, given the lack of firepower at both ends.