On Friday, January 26, 2024, we will take a look at a real battle for survival at football match 1. FC Kaiserslautern vs Schalke 04.

Die roten Teufel, like their upcoming opponent, were considered to be one of those who would claim at least the middle of the standings, with a potential fight for promotion to the top flight. However, it is already evident that Kaiserslautern (FCK) will prioritize maintaining their Bundesliga 2 registration.

Die Knappen had at one point already gained good momentum and were one step away from the top half of the Bundesliga 2 standings, but good matches gave way to a series of negative results. Now Schalke is in 14th position, and only 3 points separate them from the relegation zone.

So, let’s take a look at how the teams showed themselves in previous games with the traditional Kaiserslautern vs Schalke prediction at the end of the article.

Kaiserslautern vs Schalke 04: What to Expect

1. FC Kaiserslautern

The unfortunate series began for the Kaiserslautern in early November. At first, the wards of Oliver Schäfer lost to Greuther Furth (0:2) and it started to go downhill: defeats against SV Wehen Wiesbaden (2:1), Holstein Kiel (0:3) and Magdeburg (4:1) led to the dismissal of the coach. However, with the arrival of Dimitrios Grammozis, the situation did not improve – defeats against Hertha (1:2), Eintracht Braunschweig (2:1), and St. Pauli (2:0) dropped them to 15th position.

In the previous away match against St. Pauli, no one bet on Die roten Teufel. The hosts quickly got down to business and in the 34th minute, Elias Saad put St. Pauli ahead.

At the beginning of the second half, the 1. FC Kaiserslautern players seemed to wake up a bit, but they were immediately nailed by a goal from Marcel Hartel in the 64th minute.

1. FC Kaiserslautern

The guests had their chances to reduce the deficit, but the hosts had even more opportunities – 2:0 in favor of St. Pauli in the end.

The hosts will go into the match FCK – Schalke with 9 defeats in a row.

Schalke 04

Die Königsblauen are doing a little better. This is reflected not only in the 2-point advantage over the future opponent but also in the fact that Schalke at least has a winning record in recent years.

Unlike Kaiserslautern, Schalke 04 was able to get points in matches against direct competitors in the fight for survival. The victories against VfL Osnabrück (4:0) and Hansa Rostock (0:2) are just more evidence of this.

In addition, the guests took points from stronger Greuther Furth (2:2), Nurnberg (1:2) and Hannover (3:2).

It was difficult to count on anything in the match against Hamburger because the opponent was much more stable and fighting for promotion to the top division.

HSV scored 2 goals in the first half. Immanuel Pherai and László Bénes scored the goals. Schalke had the upper hand throughout the game but failed to score at least 1 goal – 0:2.

Schalke 04

Kaiserslautern vs Schalke: Head-to-Head

The teams often exchange victories against each other, but they have rarely played recently because they were in completely different divisions. Schalke won the previous duel.

Kaiserslautern vs Schalke H2H
2023/24 Season
Schalke 04301 FC Kaiserslautern
2011/12 Season
1 FC Kaiserslautern14Schalke 04
Schalke 04121 FC Kaiserslautern
2010/11 Season
Schalke 04011 FC Kaiserslautern
1 FC Kaiserslautern50Schalke 04

1. FC Kaiserslautern vs Schalke 04: Possible Lineups

Philipp Hercher will not play for the hosts in the next match, as the midfielder was injured during the Christmas break. Afeez Aremu will also be unavailable for Die roten Teufel due to a red card he earned against Hertha.

The losses of the guests before the game 1. FC Kaiserslautern – Schalke 04 are much greater. They will not be helped by Leo Greiml, Assan Ouédraogo, and Sebastian Polter, who have been injured since last year. Marcin Kaminski and Ron Schallenberg will also not play, as they have received too many yellow cards.

FC Kaiserslautern vs Schalke Lineups
1. FC KaiserslauternSchalke 04
GoalkeepersJulian KrahlRalf Fährmann
DefendersBoris Tomiak, Jan Elvedi, Almamy TouréDerry Murkin, Tomáš Kalas, Timo Baumgartl, Cédric Brunner
MidfieldersTymoteusz Puchacz, Tobias Raschl, Filip Kaloč, Marlon Ritter, Richmond Tachie, Jean ZimmerBlendi Idrizi, Paul Seguin, Tobias Mohr
ForwardsDaniel HanslikKeke Topp, Simon Terodde, Kenan Karaman

Kaiserslautern vs Schalke 04: Match Prediction

Schalke may not be the absolute favorite of this game, but it is still the favorite. The team is more interested in attack and at least has not forgotten how to score and win.

Kaiserslautern was not helped by the change of coach and so far it is difficult to notice any positive for them. The team has been losing recent matches and everything will extend their streak to 10 matches without a win.

1. FC Kaiserslautern vs Schalke 04 Prediction: X2 (Schalke 04) win or draw, with odds at 1.57.

The Match Prediction
X2 win or draw