Back to Bundesliga business
Having made it through to the Round of 32 of the Europa League, Eintracht will now turn their focus back to domestic business and look to continue their run of recent success against Schalke when they travel to the Veltins-Arena.
The Eagles have enjoyed a good run of recent results against the Royal Blues, who currently sit fourth in the table. Last season, head coach Adi Hütter’s men took both matches between the two teams, cruising to a 3-0 win at home and then recording a 2-1 victory in the Veltins-Arena that will live long in the memory. Eintracht have got at least a point out of their matches with Schalke in seven out of their last eight encounters.
Nothing to choose between them
The overall results between these two historic clubs ahead of Sunday evening’s match could not be any closer. They have met no fewer than 90 times in the Bundesliga, with both teams recording 33 wins and the other 24 matches ending in a draw. Eintracht have the tiniest of advantages in terms of goal difference (132 scored, 130 conceded).
Three’ll meet again
Schalke head coach David Wagner has a very special relationship with Eintracht. The 48-year-old was born in Frankfurt and played his first ever Bundesliga match for the Eagles, on 16 March 1991 when coach Jörg Berger brought him on against VfL Bochum in place of Anthony Yeboah. That’s was Wagner’s only appearance in a Frankfurt jersey before moving to 1. FSV Mainz 05 and then Schalke 04. Sunday will also be a chance to see another two former Eintracht players, namely Bastian Oczipka (2012 – 2017) and Omar Mascarell (2016 – 2018).
Kick-off: Sunday 15 December, 18:00 CET, Bundesliga 2019/20 Matchday 15.
Stadium: Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen.
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