Mainz – FC Schalke: 19th March 2017
FSV Mainz 05
With one victory in four stages, the hosts are found now closer to relegation than a new qualification in the European Cups. Defeated in the previous round in Darmstadt, ranked last, they have already reached 11 failures this season, one less than the previous edition. Going back at home, Mainz hopes to recover points, but no developments were not convincing here. Just one win in the last five games, during which drew three times, is far too little for a team with European pretensions.
FC Schalke 04
With enough incontante developments this year, guests still struggling to find its pace they need to climb the leading places in the European Cups. In the last round, they won one victory in the last eight matches played in all competitions, Augsburg 3-0. Author of a double G.Burgstaller came to share in the Bundesliga, after transfer from Nurnberg. In search of new wins, Schalke has definitely need brilliance Austrian striker.
With a number of players back from injury, M.Weinzierl has a chance to make some changes in the formula home. Especially that “miners” come after exhausting evolution of Thursday, the Europa League, against M’gladbach. Embolo, Rahman Baba and Naldo will confront Mainz rate, because of injuries.
In the first leg, Schalke was imposed categorically 3-0. It was the fourth success in the last 7 direct confrontation, during which they recorded one draw.
Mainz (4-2-3-1): Lössl – Donati, Balogun, Bungert, Brosinski – Ramalho, Latz – Quaison, Frei, Jairo – Cordoba
Schalke (4-2-3-1): Fährmann – Kehrer, Höwedes, Nastasia, Kolasinac – Geis, Bentaleb – Caligiuri, Goretzka, Choupo-Moting – Burgstaller