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The Saturday evening fixture in Germany comes from Signal Iduna Park as Borussia Dortmund host Schalke, and it should be an explosive contest.
Neither side is where they want to be right now, which makes a positive result in this one absolutely vital. The action starts at 5:30PM UK time, and you can watch the drama unfold live with Bet365. Hopefully we’ll win some money too.
Can Borussia Bounce Back?
Following an impressive start to the season, BVB have hit a real sticky patch in recent weeks meaning that Thomas Tuchel’s men enter the weekend’s action sitting sixth in the Bundesliga table. A home win could be the catalyst for resurrecting their campaign, and they’ll be desperate to clinch it in style.
Dortmund have still been scoring goals, especially through talismanic striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Meanwhile, the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Christian Pulisic, and Mario Gotze are all capable of turning up the heat.
The hosts also tend to perform well in this fixture, scoring three times in each of the last two meetings at Signal Iduna Park. Despite their recent league slump, it’s worth noting that unbeaten at home this season too.
Wednesday’s cup match at Union Berlin, which was won on penalties, underlines those frailties. But if they can hit top gear here, a return to winning ways should be on the cards.
Schalke Out For Upset
Markus Weinzierl’s men enter the weekend sitting 14th in the Bundesliga table, which is a far cry from the side they once were. However, that doesn’t paint a full picture and Schalke are now six games unbeaten in all competitions.
On the other hand, they’ll be under no illusions regarding the difficulty of this trip to Dortmund. The firepower of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Eric Choupo-Moting will give them a reason for optimism, especially given that Borussia are conceding goals. Meanwhile, Nabil Bentaleb and Max Meyer also offer added quality in the middle third.
Schalke have registered two goals in three of the last four head-to-head meetings, although that’s only been enough to grab the win once, and will certainly be hopeful. Their main challenge, however, will be stopping Dortmund in the attacking third.
If they can do that, their ascent up the table might just continue.
Borussia Dortmund v Schalke 04 Betting
Despite their recent ill fortunes, Dortmund are the firm favourites for Saturday’s clash and are priced 4/9 to get the win with Bet365. Schalke can be backed at 11/2 while the draw is 7/2.
It has been a difficult few weeks for Dortmund, but scoring hasn’t been a major problem. And it should be an issue against a team that they tend to score freely against either.
The hosts should score at least a couple in this game, and could quite possibly hit three or four. Either way, we’re backing them to find the target both sides of the interval.
As far as scorers are concerned, one man stands out by a mile. Aubameyang has been brilliant for a couple of seasons now, and he is a joy to watch. We’re backing the speedy goal-getter to open the scoring for the fifth league game of the season.