Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Borussia Dortmund host Schalke in the standout Bundesliga fixture on Saturday. The Revierderby is one of the most anticipated matches in Germany with goals a regular occurrence at Signal-Iduna-Park.
Borussia Dortmund won their previous four Bundesliga matches to stay four points behind leaders Bayern Munich. They beat Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 at home, Werder Bremen 2-0 away, Freiburg 1-0 at home and Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 on the road. Lucien Favre’s side beat PSG 2-0 at home in the UEFA Champions League but were knocked out after a 2-0 defeat in Paris. Central defender Dan-Axel Zagadou is injured and unlikely to feature. Forwards Jadon Sancho has returned to training but is not 100% fit and Marco Reus is doubtful. Midfielder Thomas Delaney is another player who had time to overcome injury.
Schalke were poor in February and haven’t won in their last seven Bundesliga matches. They recorded three straight draws before a 5-0 home thrashing against Leipzig. David Wagner’s side followed up with a 3-0 defeat at Koln and were knocked out of the German Cup after a 1-0 home defeat against Bayern Munich. Schalke’s last match was a 1-1 home draw against Hoffenheim despite Weston McKennie’s opener. Centre back Ozan Kabak is out injured with many players benefiting from the break. Defenders Salif Sané and Juan Miranda could be back alongside midfielders Omar Mascarell, Suat Serdar, Daniel Caligiuri and Benjamin Stambouli. It remains to be seen what happens with goalkeepers Markus Schubert and Alexander Nübel. Nübel has been on the outer after committing to Bayern Munich.
Schalke have a narrow 41-40 advantage against Borussia Dortmund with 38 draws in 119 encounters. Schalke won this fixture 4-2 last season with the first match this season ending 0-0 in Gelsenkirchen. The Revierderby has resulted in plenty of upsets over the years. Borussia Dortmund threw away a 4-0 lead at home in 2017 to draw 4-4 and lost 4-2 in the last derby at home in April 2019. Borussia Dortmund will be confident here but history has shown this is an unpredictable fixture. We are sitting on the fence here with another high scoring match a real possibility.
PREDICTION : BORUSSIA DORTMUND 3 SCHALKE 1
ACCUMULATOR TIP : CHANCE MIX GG OR OVER 2.5