Schalke 04 (@3.1) vs Dortmund (@2.15)
26-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Dortmund will win

Schalke 04 – Dortmund Match Prediction | 26-10-2019 09:30

Reus injury nightmare seems to be behind him and the German forward appears to be back to his very best with nine league goals so far this season. Burgstaller, Embolo, and Skrzybski have all chipped in with two goals each for Saturdays hosts, but the obvious lack of a goalscorer is certainly having a negative effect on Schalkes season. Paco Alccers face may not have fit at Barcelona, but the Spanish striker has netted ten goals in the Bundesliga and is playing a vital role in Dortmunds title challenge. That penalty took Bentaleb onto three goals for the season which is enough to see the Algerian top score for Schalke in the league.

Alongside their two consecutive UEFA Europa League wins and their mid-week 3-2 win over Nurnberg in the 2nd round of the DFB-Pokal, Schalke are in top form, taking 5 wins and one draw from their last 6 competitive matches. Schalke were, of course, expected to start their Bundesliga campaign off much strongerafter an impressive preseasonand the signing of a handful of promising new players over the summer (see team news).A4-0 win at home to Borussia Mgladbach followed by a1-1 draw away to Augsburg and last Sundays 3-0 win at home to Mainz doesnt make up for the five consecutive defeats overtheir opening fixtures, butit should help to put some faith back in coach Markus Weinzerl. Schalke 04 should finally feel their season is up and running after taking sevenpoints from their last three Bundesliga matches.

Borussia Dortmund come into the Revierderby at home to rivals Schalke as the bookies favourites at 8/15. However, we feel the visitors are the better bet here for a handful of reasons: at odds of 8/5 on draw of Schalke double chance, Schalkes historicalrecord away to Dortmund alone is enough to make this a profitable bet Schalke have won or drawn in 24 of the 44 matches played in Dortmund (55%). Over the last three Bundesliga match-days, Schalke are the third most inform side (W2 D1) and they lead the charges with most goals scored over the same period (eight).

Were confident that both teams will score and that over 2.5 goals will be produced in Saturdays game, and have backed Dortmund to claim a narrow 2-1 win. The visitors head into Saturdays game as the form favourites, but Dortmund havent beaten Schalke in their last five attempts. Three of the last six matches between the two clubs have seen both teams score and over 2.5 goals produced, and the same can be said about three of Schalkes and three of Dortmunds last six matches in league and cup.

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There will be fireworks when Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 face each other at Signal-Iduna-Park in the Ruhr derby. The Millionaires are eager to stay in the race for the Bundesliga trophy and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at their local rivals on Matchday 31. A man to watch in the home team will be experienced attacker Marco Reus, but pacey winger Sancho is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders as well.

Centre backs Neven Subotic and Sven Bender remain doubtful alongside wing-backs Raphael Guerreiro and Erik Durm. Dortmund's Marco Reus is out of rehabilitation training after his injury spell but is not expected back until later this year. Andre Schurrle and Gonzalo Castro are also unlikely to feature and young winger Emre Mor serves the second of his 2 match suspension for the straight red picked up against Hertha.

The German club defeated Italian side Inter on penalties in the title game and that was the last time the final of the competition was played in a two-legged format. Schalke 04 are a professional football club founded in 1904. Schalke have clinched five German Cup trophies as well, while lifting the UEFA Cup title in 1997. Die Knappen (The Miners) compete in German Bundesliga and they have won seven domestic titles.

Seeing that Schalke 04 are not regarded as good travelers, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Lucien Favres troops, who are determined to put an end to Bayern Munchens dominance in the German top flight. Die Knappen, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-2 loss to Hoffenheim, but they are on the right track to secure yet another Bundesliga survival.

Star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got himself on the score-sheet once again, taking his tally to 7 goals in eight matches one in each of his last three. Aubameyang trails the Bundesligas leading goalscorer, Anthony Modeste of Cologne, by just one goal and his form would indicate that a bet on himto score anytime at 4/6 with bet365 would be reasonable. Borussia Dortmunds mid-week 1-1 draw at home to Union Berlin in the 2nd round of the DFB-Pokal, where they progressed through to the 3rd round on penalties, means the hosts come into this with just one competitive win in their last six matches. Dortmund are without a win inthree in the Bundesligaand were caught off guard as last weekends trip toface the out-of-form Ingolstadt saw them forced to fight from 3-1 down to take away a point from the eventual 3-3 draw.

SOCCER PREDICTIONS and PREVIEWS

Star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got himself on the score-sheet once again, taking his tally to 7 goals in eight matches one in each of his last three. Dortmund are without a win inthree in the Bundesligaand were caught off guard as last weekends trip toface the out-of-form Ingolstadt saw them forced to fight from 3-1 down to take away a point from the eventual 3-3 draw. Aubameyang trails the Bundesligas leading goalscorer, Anthony Modeste of Cologne, by just one goal and his form would indicate that a bet on himto score anytime at 4/6 with bet365 would be reasonable. Borussia Dortmunds mid-week 1-1 draw at home to Union Berlin in the 2nd round of the DFB-Pokal, where they progressed through to the 3rd round on penalties, means the hosts come into this with just one competitive win in their last six matches.

Die Knappen, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-2 loss to Hoffenheim, but they are on the right track to secure yet another Bundesliga survival. Seeing that Schalke 04 are not regarded as good travelers, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Lucien Favres troops, who are determined to put an end to Bayern Munchens dominance in the German top flight.

The Millionaires are after their fifth consecutive win at home ground. The home side are seen as hot favourites to win Saturdays football match. Marco Reus and his teammates are breathing down Bayern Munchens neck. Betting odds are low for Borussia Dortmund to win. The home team are brimming with confidence ahead of the Ruhr derby. This has to go down as yet another must-win game for the home team.

Over the last three Bundesliga match-days, Schalke are the third most inform side (W2 D1) and they lead the charges with most goals scored over the same period (eight). However, we feel the visitors are the better bet here for a handful of reasons: at odds of 8/5 on draw of Schalke double chance, Schalkes historicalrecord away to Dortmund alone is enough to make this a profitable bet Schalke have won or drawn in 24 of the 44 matches played in Dortmund (55%). Borussia Dortmund come into the Revierderby at home to rivals Schalke as the bookies favourites at 8/15.