Koln vs Schalke: prediction for the Bundesliga match
On August 7, Koln will host Schalke in the first round match of Bundesliga. The Miners are coming back to the top-flight after a one season absence. Will Gelsenkirchen club start with a victory? The answer is in our prediction.
Koln suffered a devastating elimination from the German Cup, in the first round they lost to Regensburg on penalties. The Billy Goats were 0-2 down during the game, but managed to level the score. They were unable to score the third goal though. Team enjoyed a successful previous season and booked a spot in the Conference League.
Schalke are coming back to Bundesliga after a 1st spot in the second division, where team scored 65 points in 34 games. Team also succeeded in the first official match of the current season, beating Bremer by a 5:0 score in DFB-Pokal. Frank Kramer will be the team's head coach in a new season.
In each of four latest home matches Koln conceded before half-time
In seven latest matches opponents exchanged goals
This bet played in each of nine latest Schalke's matches
No one knows what to expect from Schalke in the new season. Club has just earned a promotion, so it might need some time to adapt for Bundesliga, opponents are much stronger here. The Billy Goats will surely have an advantage, but will they convert it into goals? The Miners will probably pick a cautious approach, because they want to avoid defeat in their first match back to Bundesliga.
Our prediction - total under 3 goals
Koln suffered a disappointing defeat in DFB-Pokal, so team is obviously out of form now. A bet on plus handicap for the Miners might be a good choice, because in case if Schalke will score first, Koln won't have many chances to break Schalke's defense.
Our second bet is on Schalke to win with a (+1) handicap