Schalke vs Hannover preview, betting tips and prediction: Schalke to come out on top in tight affair
January 18, 2018
Schalke will be reeling after suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of RB Leipzig last weekend. The consequence of their loss was the concession of second place to the victors.
It wasn’t the start that they wanted to make to their second term. They’ll be keen to arrest that slump immediately when they host Hannover, a fixture that traditionally promises goals. Three of their last five meetings have featured four goals with the most recent joy coming for Hannover.
It’s the visitors who arrive on the back of a victory. Niclas Füllkrug scored a hat-trick to secure a 3-2 win over Mainz. The tall German striker is their leading scorer this season with ten goals and a player that Schalke will have to watch carefully. Much of the media focus will be on Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka. The 22-year-old is one of Germany’s highest-rated prospects and his contract is expiring in the summer. Schalke are desperate for him to renew but reports are rife that he’s already agreed on a deal to take him to Bayern. Man United are also linked.
Schalke are also hoping to bring in players in January with Baba Rahman linked. The left-back, long in the wilderness at Chelsea, was on loan at Schalke last season before suffering an injury.
The home form of Schalke indicates that they may take all three points here. They’ve only lost one of their nine home matches in the Bundesliga this season, scoring 16 goals. The fact that they have conceded 10 in those games would suggest that both teams are likely to score in this meeting. Just fourth points separate third-placed Schalke and tenth-placed Hannover.