Prediction and odds for the game: Dortmund (1/3) v Schalke (13/2)
We are backing the home win
When: Saturday 14th March 2020, Kick-off 2:30 PM
Where: Signal Iduna Park
On Saturday afternoon, Dortmund and Schalke go head-to-head at Signal Iduna Park in the Revierderby. The game could have big implications on the title race, as well as the fight for the top-six spots in the Bundesliga. This clash will played behind closed doors due to the Corunavirus.
The home side head into this derby in good form in the Bundesliga. BVB have now won their last four matches in the German top-flight, four points behind league champions and leaders Bayern Munich. Last time out in the Bundesliga, Lucien Favre’s team recorded a 2-1 win at Monchengladbach.
The home side has been typically prolific of late in the German top-flight of late, as BVB have scored at least twice in 12 of their last 14 league matches. Only champions Bayern have been more prolific in the Bundesliga this season.
BVB have a strong recent record at Signal Iduna Park in the Bundesliga, as they are undefeated in 13 matches, recording ten victories. Ironically, the last opposition team to win at Dortmund in the Bundesliga was Schalke, when the Royal Blues claimed a 4-2 win in April.
Dortmund have been lethal in front of goal on home soil in the Bundesliga, scoring at least twice in 27 of their last 29 matches.
The visitors started the campaign in good fashion. However, the visitor’s form has taken a nosedive in recent months. David Wagner’s team have found league wins hard to come by, failing to win in the German top-flight in seven outings. In their last Bundesliga outing, Hoffenheim held the visitors to a 1-1 draw in Gelsenkirchen.
The fact that Schalke have struggled for goals of late in the Bundesliga has not helped their chances of holding onto a European spot. The Royal Blues have failed to score in five of their last seven league games. Their poor recent form and lack of form of means that the visitors are just a point clear of the chasing pack in the race for a top-six finish this season.
Poor away form has been another telling factor in Schalke’s recent slump, as they have not won in six away games in the Bundesliga, suffering three defeats in the process. The lack of goals has once again been a factor in their recent away league matches, as the visitors have not found the net in four league games on their travels.
These two teams are certainly heading into this clash in far different moods. However, Dortmund will be wary of complacency after last season’s defeat. We are backing the home win though. The other bet we are recommending is the over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 2/5, simply because BVB are so prolific on home soil.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at odds of 1/3 and/or the under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 2/5. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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