Friday 18th March. 7:30PM. Live Streaming available on Bet365
The race for Champions League qualification is really heating up in Germany’s Bundesliga, and Friday night’s mouth-watering clash at the Veltins Arena could go a long way to deciding the fates of two teams currently battling it out for a place in next year’s elite competition.
Aside from the importance of the fixture, both Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach boast plenty of quality amongst their respective arsenals, which should make for a cracking contest. You can watch the action unfold live on Bet365, and hopefully we’ll land a couple of winning bets too.
What better way to get the weekend started?
Can Schalke’s Klaas Inspire Victory?
It’s been a topsy-turvy campaign to say the least in Gelsenkirchen, but Andre Breitenreiter’s men are still very much in the hunt for a return to Champions League football after missing out on this year’s competition. Their hopes were dented with a loss Hertha Berlin last week, but victory here would see them leapfrog the visitors into fourth to put their bid right back on track.
At this stage of the season, experience could be key, and the hosts will be looking to leading scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for inspiration in this crucial battle. The 32-year-old has eight league goals to his name this term and, with the support of Eric Choupo-Moting, Max Meyer and co, will be confident about firing the home side to success.
The hosts have been fairly solid at home, winning seven and losing just three of 13 matches at the Veltins. If they perform to their potential, there’s no reason that they shouldn’t register what would probably be their most important win of the campaign.
Gelsenkirchen should be rocking, it should be a cracking contest.
Monchengladbach Happy With A Point
As things stand, Andre Schubert’s visitors are just about in pole position for fourth place and, frankly, they’d be more than happy to keep it that way on Friday night. Not least because their away form is so bad.
Monchengladbach boast just three wins away from Borussia Park, with their leaky defence the main cause of problems. A record of 26 conceded in 12 matches isn’t good enough and that needs to be tighter against a formidable opponent. However, they can at least take confidence from the fact they’ve also scored 21.
Meanwhile, the visitors can also look to October’s 3-1 home win for inspiration ahead of this fierce Friday night battle. If they can get the service to 13-goal striker Raffael, then they’ve every chance of leaving Gelsenkirchen with a positive result.
It should be a thrilling spectacle. You wouldn’t wanna miss it for the world, especially when there’s money to be made.
Schalke v Borussia Monchengladbach Betting
Both teams have reason to believe this will be their night, and those feelings are reflected by the betting odds. Schalke are very slight favourites at 6/4 with Bet365 while Monchengladbach are priced 7/4. The draw can be backed at 5/2.
It will be an intense battle from start to finish, but everything about this game makes us believe that there will be goals. An early goal would really kick this one into top gear, and we’re hopeful that this is exactly how things will turn out.
Both teams should score but we’re avoiding that at odds of 1/2. Instead, we’re predicting four or more goals, with the safety net of a refund on three.
With home advantage on their side, and a one-point disadvantage heading into the match, it’s up to Schalke to attack. Given the away side’s poor defensive record on the road, Schalke’s attacking players should have no fears in the final third.
While Huntelaar will be the main source of inspiration, the supporting cast can have a big say. We were very close to backing Meyer first goalscorer at 11/1. Instead, we’re giving ourselves 90 minutes of entertainment by backing him at anytime; it’s still a very decent payout.