Within the third round of the German Cup Schalke and Koln will play against each other. The Royal Blues are considered clear favorites in the couple and by right, the team from Gelsenkirchen is in a great sporting shape and will probably try to fight the second best trophy in Germany. In their turn, Koln have problems with results, especially regarding away matches.
Last Saturday Schalke once again were saved in the Bundesliga match. Very recently the Royal-Blues made managed to make an incredible comeback in the Ruhr derby, when they managed to survive after 0:4 against Borussia Dortmund. This time Schalke came back in the match against Eintracht, although they were losing during the course of the match. Schalke are on the second position in the Bundesliga tournament table, the side have 30 points in the asset. But Leipzig still have a game in reserve, the Bulls may retrieve the second position in the peloton.
Koln after the first round are situated on the last place in Bundesliga tournament table, six points after 17 rounds. The gap to Werder, which are on the 16th position, i.e. transition matches zone, is nine points. The first round for the goats turned out to be devastating, Stoger has left the team, Rutenbeck was taken on his position. Positive has finally appeared in the last round, Koln managed to outplay Wolfsburg 1:0.
Schalke and Koln are teams of different level at the moment. Schalke are in a great shape, have high motivation and everything in order with character. Besides, one should not forget, that Schalke are a domestic team and Koln play weak away.
Prediction for the match: Schalke to win