I truly wonder how it is possible that Schalke has not yet won at home. He played the 5 games at home, lost three and two played draw, goal difference 6:10. They have, in my opinion, excellent coach (Felix Maghat) and very solid team. It remains a mystery why there are no results if there are good prerequisites. I have expected that this pick will be public bet tonight, but to my surprise, the internet is full of various blogs and portals on which is projected to Schalke tonight will not make its first home victory this season. I am pleased with it, because I believe they will. The team do not have important absences, but Magath will certainly make some changes. Firstly, he will leave him out of his starting eleven tomorrow with Ivan Rakitic taking his place. Raul has scored only once in 10 Bundesliga matches and it is high time for a change in the team. They will play in offensive 4-4-2 formation, with Rakitic and Huntelaar at the peak of the attack.
St. Pauli, newcomer in Bundesliga this year, have played very well away from home. They are one of the best guests in the league, with 3 victories and 2 defeats on the previous 5 matches away. They are weakened for this match, because midfielder Charles Takyi , forward Richard Sukuta-Pasu are injured, while former player of Schalke, Gerald Asamoah is suspended. Sukuta-Pasu has been scorer and assistants of one goal. St. Pauli will play in formation 4-2-3-1, with Ebbers at the peak of the attack, and it is obviously, they will try stop Schalke on the mid-field, and eventually endanger their goal from the wing to counter-attacks.
Notwithstanding the good results of St. Pauli away, I believe that Schalke will show on this match that they are too big mouthful for a newcomer in the league and record its first win at home.
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