The Bundesliga 2 season kicks off on Friday as the second-tier of German football is back and ready for another campaign. Two teams that were synonymous with the German top flight just a few seasons ago will kick off the Bundesliga 2 campaign as Schalke host Hamburger.

Schalke vs Hamburger SV Match Preview

Schalke finished the Bundesliga 2020-21 season dead last with just 16 points from 34 games. The Blues will hope to bounce straight back to the Bundesliga, but as Hamburger have found out, the Bundesliga 2 is a difficult place to play.

Hamburger finished fourth in the Bundesliga 2 in 2020-21. They missed out on the promotion playoff place by just four points. A dip in form late in the campaign allowed Holstein Kiel to get the better of them. Hamburger were the Bundesliga 2’s best scoring team in 2020-21. They tallied 71 goals in 34 games while conceding 44 times.

These teams last met in competitive action during the 2017-18 Bundesliga season. The home team are unbeaten in the last five matches between Schalke and Hamburger. Playing at home has been an advantage for these teams when playing each other. In fact, Schalke are unbeaten at home versus Hamburger in their last seven Bundesliga meetings. Schalke were poor last season. Can they rebound on matchday 1 of the Bundesliga 2 season versus Hamburger?

Schalke vs Hamburger SV Betting Odds

 

 

Schalke go into the game with the best odds which are at 29/20 according to leading sportsbooks. The Blues are aiming to avoid the fate that Hamburger have experienced in the Bundesliga 2. Hamburger were relegated at the end of the 2017-18 season. This will be Hamburger’s fourth straight season in the Bundesliga 2. Hamburger are desperate to get out of the second division. They are at betting odds of 9/5 to win the match on Friday night to kick off the season.

 

Hamburger go into the new season with another new coach. Like Schalke, Hamburger have had financial issues and changed coaches on a regular basis. Former Stuttgart coach Tim Walter is now in charge of the club. Walter is tasked with ending Hamburger’s four year stay in the Bundesliga 2.

Hamburger have focused on training in preseason rather than friendlies. However, the team have played four time in preseason games with wins over Wacker Innsbruck, Silkeborg, and FC Basel. Schalke went unbeaten in five preseason games. They claimed wins over PSV Wesel-Lackhausen, Hamborn, and Vitesse. The teams are at betting odds of 12/5 to draw at full-time on Friday

Schalke vs Hamburger SV Team News

Both teams have brought in new players for the new Bundesliga 2 campaign. Nine players have come in permanently or on loan this summer for Hamburger. The most significant player is striker Robert Glatzel. The forward spend the second half of last season at Hamburger where he scored twice in 13 appearances. Ludovit Reis joined the team from Barcelona and will have heavy expectations on his shoulders. The club said good bye to long-time midfielder Aaron Hunt.

Schalke made a significant signing by adding Simon Terodde. The forward arrives from Hamburger and is a major loss for the team. Terodde scored 24 goals in 33 Bundesliga 2 matches last term and is a very good second division player.

Schalke have seen a number of departures and arrivals this summer. They have worked to get underperforming, high-priced players out and squad members capable of getting the team back to the Bundesliga this season into the club. The club have worked out a deal to sell centre-back Ozan Kabak to Leicester City. He had returned from loan at Liverpool. Kabak was underwhelming with the Reds.

Schalke vs Hamburger SV Betting H2H

The home team are unbeaten in the last five matches between the clubs. Schalke have not lost a home match to Hamburger since 2010-11. The Blues are unbeaten in seven straight matches versus Hamburger. Hamburger have a new coach in Walter plus they lost a 20-plus goalscorer in Terodde.

Hamburger may struggle to get started this season having lost their top scorer from a season ago. The club also allowed captain Aaron Hunt to leave at the end of his contract.

Schalke vs Hamburger SV Prediction

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Our betting tips for Friday night’s season opener between Schalke and Hamburger predicts both teams to find the back of the net. The first night of the season is coming very early and both teams will seek to find their feet early on. Hamburger scored the Bundesliga 2’s most goals a season ago with 71. Terodde had 24 of those goals. He is now on the opposite side of the pitch and lining up for Schalke.

 

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Our prediction is that Simon Terodde will get on the scoresheet for Schalke. The striker is a proven Bundesliga 2 goalscorer. He bagged 24 goals for Hamburger last term and nearly powered them to the promotion playoff place. Terodde tallied 34% of Hamburger’s goals in 2020-21. Take out betting tips and back Terodde to get a goal versus his former team.

 

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Schalke and Hamburger should combine for over 2.5 goals on Friday night. Schalke’s defence conceded an incredible 86 Bundesliga goals last season and were –61 in goal difference. They cannot be that bad this season in the Bundesliga 2, but Schalke could give up goals early on in the season as they find their feet.

 

Hamburger scored a Bundesliga 2 high 71 goals last term. It was the team’s defence that let them down. Hamburger conceded 44 goals. Walter needs the team to be stronger at the back to get through the landmine of the Bundesliga 2.

Schalke are aiming to bounce right back to the Bundesliga and not turn into the second coming of Hamburger. Our prediction is a Schalke win with over 2.5 goals scored in an exciting game to kick off the Bundesliga 2 campaign.