21 December 2019 live
Schalke are in solid form having lost just one of their previous eight Bundesliga matches (W4, D3, L1). Standout second-half performances contribute much, with the ‘Royal Blues’ scoring 66.67% of their league goals in the second half so far. Their current run of a goal after the break in each of their previous seven league games is also significant.
Sadly for ‘Die Knappen’, their impressive attacking form in the second half is undone by some inadequate defensive displays. This has resulted in them conceding 73.68% of their league goals in the second period. They are particularly vulnerable in the final 15 minutes of their matches, where 36.84% of their goals against have been conceded.
Opponents Freiburg are in contrasting form, having lost three of their previous four league matches (W1, L3), and each of those three losses saw them concede the opening goal. However, they are another that tend to improve in the latter stages of their matches, scoring 40% of all their league goals after the 75th minute.
The visitors have just about edged the eight most recent H2H meetings (W3, D3, L2), and they impressively kept five cleansheets across that sequence. The first goal’s importance is underlined further still, by the fact that each of the previous five H2H meetings have seen two match goals or less.
Players to watch: Benito Raman, who netted in Schalke’s last home game, can boast a record of six goals in eight competitive matches.
Freiburg’s Jonathan Schmid is in good form, having netted two goals in his last three league appearances.
Stat attack: Schalke are yet to score a goal inside the opening 15 minutes of any league game.
The ‘Royal Blues’ have trailed at half-time in just two of their 16 league matches.
Freiburg have scored over 1.5 goals in just one of their previous six league matches.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 15:30.