Professionals | 01/12/2017

Match Preview: FC Schalke 04

Differing Circumstances

On Saturday 1. FC Köln will face FC Schalke 04. The team from Gelsenkirchen is the team of the moment following their second half comeback against Dortmund last weekend.

The circumstances could not be any more different. While 1. FC Köln continues to look for their first win of the season, FC Schalke 04 are amongst the top three teams in the Bundesliga standings. The club from Gelsenkirchen have not lost in seven matches under the guidance of Domenico Tedesco, who took over the reign as head coach after Schalke let go of Markus Weinzierl following a disappointing 2016/17 season that saw them end in tenth place.

Tedesco on the match:

“This is going to be a difficult match because 1. FC Köln have fewer points than they actually should have. They deserve more. Since Tuesday, our focus has been entirely on the Cologne match. Nothing else. We have moved past the result in the derby.”

FC Injury Situation

The injury list for 1. FC Köln remains a long one: Jonas Hector, Marcel Risse, Dominique Heintz, Dominic Maroh, Jhon Cordoba, Marco Höger, Joao Queiros, Simon Zoller. Joining that list, at least temporarily, is Leonardo Bittencourt. Meanwhile, FC head coach Peter Stöger believes Sehrou Guirassy should be fit enough for selection. The difficult situation means Stöger has had to field 26 different players this season, which is a high in the Bundesliga. Tedesco, in comparison, has the lowest figure in the league with just 19 different players. The Schalke coach will once again have a full squad at his disposal.

Head to head

The current situation heavily favors Schalke, but a look at history shows 1. FC Köln have been superior. Out of 82 Bundesliga fixtures, FC have won 36, lost 27, and drawn 19. With Peter Stöger at the helm, FC have won all three away matches in Gelsenkirchen these past three seasons.

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PL. Verein Pkt.
1 1. FC Köln 0
1 Hamburger SV 0
1 Holstein Kiel 0