The game involving Schalke and Wolfsburg will indicate on Wednesday, February 7, the last team qualified for the semifinals of the German Cup in its 2017/2018 season. Scheduled to start at 17:45 (Brasília time), it will be held at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen.
Tournament regulations require single game definitions. So whoever leads the best advances. Draw provokes completion of 30 minutes. If equality persists in the marker, the definition happens through penalty kicks.
Schalke’s recent performance
On Saturday, February 3, Schalke ended up being surprised at their stadium. For the twenty-first round of the German Championship, he was defeated by Werder Bremen, who had been in the relegation zone by 2-1.
This compromised the situation of the team of Gelsenkirchen in the fight for the vice-championship. Standing at 34 points (nine wins, seven draws and five losses), Schalke slipped from second to fifth. With that, he even left the qualifying zone for the next edition of the Champions League.
In the German Cup, the team debuted against Dynamo. Away from home, he made it 2-0. In the round of 16, Wehen had the lead. Again as a visitor, he advanced by scoring 3-1. In the quarterfinals, he crossed for the first time with a Bundesliga team. At home, he passed by Cologne making it 1-0.
To look for the place in the semifinals, coach Domenico Tedesco has four athletes handed over to the medical department. Three of them are from the defensive sector. Abdul Rahman Baba, Pablo Insua and Sascha Riether are in the process of treating injuries. They have not yet appeared in the German Championship. Therefore, they can not be considered major losses. However, they limit the options of the coach, who in case of contusion of the owners ends up needing to resort to improvisations.
It is still doubt for the match the American midfielder Weston McKennie (14 games, no goal), this rather constant presence in the team. A knee injury has taken him out of his last two games and is likely to still not be available to Tedesco for Wednesday’s game
The current form of Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg also did not have a great result of the last day of the Bundesliga. Acting at home, they went 1 to 1 with Stuttgart. It remained in this way outside the relegation zone. He has 24 points (four wins, 12 draws and five losses).
The leader in equalities in the competition occupies the thirteenth position. It has four points of advantage in comparison with Mainz, sixteenth place and first in the relegation zone.
In the Cup of Germany, has not yet conceded a single goal. In the first phase, as a visitor, passed through the Norderstedt 1-0. Then, at home, beat Hannover also by the minimum score. In the octaves, as a visitor, he surpassed the Nuremberg. After a draw in the normal time, made 2 to 0 in the extension.
The defensive system is the biggest concern of Swiss coach Martin Schmidt. 25 times cast is the third best of the Bundesliga. Only Bayern Munich (16 goals conceded) and Frankfurt (23) show superior performance.
For the departure of Wednesday, the medical department will be instrumental in defining the possibility of using four athletes who are in the process of recovering injuries. They are defenders John Brooks (seven games in the German Championship 2017/2018, no goal) and Felix Uduokhai (16 games a goal); and socks Jakub Blaszczykowski (seven games, one goal) and Ignacio Camacho (nine games, no goal).
History of matches vs. Schalke vs Wolfsburg
Schalke have won three of their last four matches against Wolfsburg. The latest clash in this series ended in a 1-1 draw in the first round of the 2017/2018 German Championship.
It is not difficult to imagine what the team’s tactical posture will be. Wolfsburg will not start the attack even when they are at home. Far from his dominance and in a knockout game, he should focus even more on his defensive efforts, leaving the quest to scout for Shalke, who has rocked the network of rivals in all ten of his most recent clashes at his home stadium. That is why he is singled out as the biggest candidate for victory. It has a price of 1.72 in Bet365. Draw returns 3.60 and successful visitor yields 4.75. Quotations in effect at 11:37 AM on 2/5/2018.