Prediction and odds for the game: Fortuna Dusseldorf (8/5) v Schalke (17/10)
We are backing the draw at odds of 12/5
When: Wednesday, 27th May 2020, Kick-off 19:30
Where: The Merkur Spiel Arena
On Wednesday night, Fortuna Dusseldorf hosts Schalke, as the home side looks to claw their way out of the Bundesliga’s relegation play-off spot.
The home side head into this game in 16th place, in the dreaded relegation play-off spot. They are currently just three points behind 15th place Mainz, if results go Fortuna’s way then they could move out of their current position. However, they cannot afford to slip up, as 17th place Werder Bremen are now just three points behind them in the fight to avoid relegation.
Uwe Rosler’s team are unbeaten in five Bundesliga matches but have recorded just one win in their last ten league matches. A run of four straight draws in the German top-flight has hindered their attempts at escaping their perilous position.
Home has offered very little comforts of late for Fortuna, as the home side has failed to win in five home games in the German top-flight. Just one clean sheet in their last eight home matches on home soil has certainly not helped their chances of moving up the table.
Fortuna have struggled for wins against Schalke of late, as the home side has won just one of the last six meetings with the visitors.
David Wagner’s team are going into this game on the back of some woeful performances and results in the Bundesliga. A 3-0 home humiliation against Augsburg last time out means that the Royal Blues have failed to win in nine Bundesliga outings while suffering defeats in four of their last five league games.
Their recent performances at both ends of the pitch have belied their status as potential top-six contenders. The visitors have conceded at least three goals in four of their last five league matches. They have also scored just twice in their last nine matches in the Bundesliga.
Incredibly, despite their form falling apart in recent months, Schalke are still only two points off the European spots in the Bundesliga. However, if they are to finish in the top-six, then they need to start picking up points and quickly.
Their recent away record in the German top-flight does not bode well for an away win, as Schalke have failed to win in seven matches on their travels. A chronic lack of goals has been the main reason for the visitor’s poor recent away results, as they have failed to score in five league matches on the road.
Neither team seems capable of winning a game at the moment, which is why we are backing the draw. We are also backing under 2.5 goals scored as neither team has been prolific of late in the Bundesliga.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at odds of 12/5 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 10/11. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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