Prediction and odds for the game: Schalke (7/5) v Werder Bremen (19/10)
We are backing the draw at odds of 12/5
When: Saturday, 30th May 2020, Kick-off 14:30
Where: The Veltins Arena
On Saturday afternoon, Schalke host Werder Bremen at the Veltins Arena, as both clubs look for crucial points in the Bundesliga.
David Wagner’s team head into this clash on the sort of run that would usually mean sure-fire relegation. The Royal Blues have failed to win in ten outings in the German top-flight, having suffered defeats in four of their last five league outings.
Despite their recent woeful form, Schalke are still eighth place in the table. However, the home side are now seven points behind Wolfsburg, who occupy the last European qualification spot in the Bundesliga.
In truth, Schalke have struggled at both ends of the field of late. They have conceded at least two goals in five of their last six league matches. Meanwhile, at the other end of the pitch, they have scored just twice in their previous seven league games. Schalke also have a poor recent home record in the German top-flight, having failed to win in their previous four matches on home soil.
The recent history of this fixture does not bode well for a home win, as Schalke have lost five of their last seven encounters with Werder Bremen in all competitions.
The visitors have endured a woeful campaign and are currently 17th place in the Bundesliga table. Florian Kohfeldt’s team look in trouble as the visitors are five points behind Fortuna Dusseldorf, who are in the relegation play-off berth. However, Werder have a game in-hand on the 16th place team.
A win in this clash would give the visitors a fighting chance of surviving the drop this season. The problem is that Werder have won just twice in their last 14 Bundesliga games.
Things have started to look up in recent weeks for the visitors though, as they have taken four points from a possible six with a win at Freiburg before a goalless draw last time out against Monchengladbach. If they can keep their positive momentum going in this clash, then they have an excellent opportunity to pick up three points.
It is fair to say that Werder have not been great on their travels of late in the Bundesliga. A record of three victories in 12 outings on their travels is an underwhelming record that is for sure.
The visitors will see this as a potentially crucial game in their season. On current form, they could not be facing a better team than Schalke this weekend. The visitors have shown an improvement of late, but we don’t think it will be enough for a victory in this clash, so we are backing the draw. We are also recommending under 2.5 goals scored, as Schalke are goal-shy and Werder have tightened up in defence of late.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at odds of 12/5 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/5. (All odds are taken from Bet365)
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