Match date: 11 Feb 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: Germany Football
| Stake: 10/10
| Pick: 1
| Match result:
2-0 - Won
Schalke didn't managed to achieve some great results in this season, they are at 13th spot at the table in German Bundesliga after 19 rounds and must show some significant improving in order to reach upper part of the table, at this moment they are pretty far from positions which leads into Europe, in 20th round they awaiting Hertha Berlin and victory is imperative. Hosts had a terrible start of this season but then managed to find their form, however in December they again went out of the track.
They are coming to this match after victory in German Cup over Sandhausen, they reached quarter finals and now must go for another victory before their important match in Europa league 1/16 finals against Greek PAOK. In previous round of Bundesliga they got a draw against leaders Bayern Munich, at home they are playing better than on travelings and only three times were defeated in front of their fans in league, tonight i believe that can overcome Hertha which aren't in their best shape. Defenders Baba (13/0), Coke (0/0), forwards Choupo-Moting (16/3), Di Santo (6/0), Embolo (7/2) and Avdijaj (5/1) will all miss this game due to injuries while midfielder Stambouli (11/0) is having problems with slight injury an he is in doubt.
Hertha meanwhile had a decent season so far, last one ended at 7th spot and were playing in qualifications for Europa league but there were eliminated, so they are now playing only in domestic competitions, however from Cup were eliminated most recently by Dortmund so now must focus on league. In previous round achieved narrow victory over Ingolstadt although didn't impressed with their performances there, in the end collected all three points while before that suffered two defeats away from home against Freiburg and Bayer Leverkusen.
Here are facing with decent hosts which despite not so great results are strong side and i doubt that will manage to overcome them. Visitors stands at 6th position at the table in Bundesliga and seems able to reach Europe for the next season, still i'm not so sure that can achieve positive outcome against pretty strong Schalke tonight. In last two duels with hosts they achieved two victories but both were at home, here i doubt that can avoid defeat. Visitors are coming here without injured goalkeeper Korber (0/0), defender Weiser (12/1), midfielders Allan (8/0), Duda (8/0) and Kurt (2/0) while appearance of defender Stark (17/1) is in doubt.
Schalke had some crisis in their form, they have quality but failed to reach upper part of the table, still it wasn't easy for them at all since had a difficult matches in Europa league, here i believe that can win and start with preparations for duel with PAOK, guests were good in this campaign but i doubt that will earn some points tonight, everything except victory of hosts would be a surprise for me here.