Schalke vs Darmstadt by Gustav
After a terrible start in the new season, Schalke is now definitely on the right path and it's just a matter of time when they reach the upper part of the table and exit to European competitions - of course, if they continue in the same way. They are now on a run of eleven matches without a defeat, having nine victories and just two draws in all competitions.
Last weekend, the team took their second consecutive victory in Bundesliga, winning away from home against Wolfsburg 1:0 and reaching eleventh position at the moment, which is seven points below sixth and Europa League placed Dortmund. During the midweek, the team got a convincing victory over Nice and secured the first position in Europa League group stage with five victories out of five matches.
Home side will be playing most likely in 3-5-1-1 formation with Choupo-Motig as number nine and Meyer as a player just behind him. Forwards Breel Embolo (12/2) and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (7/1) are injured, with full backs Atsuto Uchida and Coke remaining long term absentees.
Darmstadt, on the other side, comes from their third consecutive defeat in Bundesliga last weekend, as they narrowly lost at home against Ingolstadt 1:0. It wasn't that bad game as the result says, since both of the teams looked decently active and had their chances, but the visitors have every right to feel that their victory was a deserved one.
After this defeat, Darmstadt remained with two victories, two draws and seven defeats so far, having only eight points earned which is the same number as play-out placed Werder Bremen. Additonally, team has scored only two goals (in the same game) in last four official matches, as they continue to struggle in offense - having scored ten goals in eleven matches so far.
Visitors from Darmstadt will be lined up in 4-2-3-1 formation with Colak as striker, plus Ben-Hatira, Vrancic and Heller as offensive midfielder. Forward Felix Platte is long term absentee without playing football this season, while injured are also offensive midfielder Roman Bezjak (8/0), midfielder Jan Rosenthal (1/0) and right back and sometime central defender Immanuel Hohn (10/0).
- Darmstadt have lost their last 5 away matches (Bundesliga).
Schalke is finally in a good momentum and I'm somehow sure that the team will continue in the same pace. They rested a lot of players in a victory over Nice last Thursday evening but still managed to get the positive outcome and here, Schalke should dominate the game from the first whistle.