Schlalke 04 are a German Bundesliga side based in the Ruhr district of Germany in the industrial city of Gelsenkirchen. Known as Die Königsblauen (The Royal Blues) they play their home games at the Veltins-Arena, and their traditional home kit is blue shirts and white shorts. The club has the second highest membership in Germany and the fourth largest in the world.
Founded in 1904, they are one of the most successful in German history, in terms of trophies won. They won the German Championship seven times in its pre-Bundesliga days, and have also won the German Cup on five occasions, and the German League Cup once. In 1997 the club also won the UEFA Cup.
Although they have never won the Bundesliga, they have finished runners-up seven times, most recently last year.
The lowest point in their history came during the Bundesliga scandal of 1971. A number of players and officials were convicted to throw a match against Arminia Bielefeld. A number of players got ban for life, including three West German internationals at the time.
Their biggest rivals are Borussia Dortmund with whom they contest the Revierderby, one of the most hotly contested in Europe.
After such a strong 2017-2018, Schalke 04 predictions for this campaign expected another successful season for the side. Instead they have struggled with form, and the twin demands of domestic and Champions League football, and find themselves just above the relegation places. Schalke 04 betting tips for the end of season have them surviving, however, and expect them to make changes on and off the field this summer. An early Schalke 04 tip for next season has them back in the top half of the table again. Their passionate fan base will tolerate nothing less.