May 20, 2021 5:45 PM
Joe Rutter

2020-21 German Bundesliga – Koln vs Schalke 04 Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When does Koln vs Schalke 04 kick off? Saturday 22nd May, 2021 – 14:30 (UK)

Where is Koln vs Schalke 04 being played? RheinEnergieStadion, Koln

Where can I get tickets for Koln vs Schalke 04? Check each club’s official website for updates on the ticket situation

What TV channel is Koln vs Schalke 04 on in the UK? BT Sport have the rights to German Bundesliga matches in the UK, so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Koln vs Schalke 04 in the UK? If televised, subscribers can stream the match live on the BT Sport website & app

Bet365 subscribers can stream German Bundesliga matches so it is worth checking their schedule

THE TEAM NEWS

KOLN

PREDICTED XI (4-2-3-1): T. Horn; Ehizibue, Bornauw, Czichos, J. Horn; Ozcan, Hector; Wolf, Duda, Kainz; Andersson

UNAVAILABLE: Jakobs (Suspended), Skhiri (Suspended)

QUESTIONABLE: Rexhbecaj (Injured), Schmitz (Injured)

SCHALKE 04

PREDICTED XI (3-5-2): Fahrmann; Becker, Sane, Mustafi; Aydin, Idrizi, Flick, Harit, Kolasinac; Hoppe, Uth

UNAVAILABLE: Mascarell (Injured), William (Injured), Boujellab (Injured), Mendyl (Injured), Stambouli (Injured), Bentaleb (Injured), Nastasic (Injured)

QUESTIONABLE: Ronnow (Injured), Huntelaar (Injured)

THE PREDICTION

Schalke’s thrilling 4-3 win over Eintracht Frankfurt last Saturday was a rare high in what has been a disastrous season. That will give the Royal Blues some confidence as they look to bow out of the Bundesliga in style, but they go into this meeting with a depleted squad. As well as seven long-term injury absentees, coach Dimitrios Grammozis will also be without six unnamed players due to coronavirus. That is welcome news to Koln, who need at least a point and possibly more to avoid joining Schalke in the second tier next season. The battling Billy Goats have taken seven points from their last four games and the visitors are there for the taking, but they have registered just one clean sheet in their last 21 league games at home. A Koln win with both teams to score is therefore an appealing option here.

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