Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund
Germany – Bundesliga
Date: Sunday, 15 April 2018
Kick-Off at 14:30 UK
Venue: VELTINS-Arena (Gelsenkirchen).
The pre-game to the huge Ruhr Derby has not been more interesting in a while as Schalke returned to the contest for the top four spots after years of struggling down in the middle of the standings. Konigsblauen will actually enter the match from the sky-high second position and with a single point advantage ahead of Borussia Dortmund in third.
Nonetheless, the hosts ended the huge winning streak last weekend falling 3-2 away at the relegation-threatened Hamburger SV. They are still in fantastic position regarding the battle for the Champions League football next term, being six points adrift of Eintracht Frankfurt in fifth ahead of this tie. The defeat to HSV actually came literally out of nowhere since the Miners won six on the bounce in Bundesliga beforehand. Furthermore, Domenico Tedesco’s side kept five straight clean sheets before conceding three to the rock-bottomed outfit last time out.
BVB, on the other side, returned into the contest for the second-place finish by beating Stuttgart 3-0 at Signal-Iduna-Park. The team led by Peter Stoger thus successfully rebounded from a very tough defeat to Bayern Munich (6-0) at Allianz Arena. Christian Pulisic, Michy Batshuayi and Maximilian Philipp bagged goals in the mentioned drubbing of Stuttgart.
Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund: Head-to-head
The previous Ruhr Derby offered a true spectacle. Dortmund had a four-goal cushion, but the Miners managed to come back and earn a 4-4 draw at the end thanks to Naldo’s 94th-minute leveller.
Each of last four H2H games between these rivals thus ended without a winner.
Overall, Dortmund lead the head to head tie only by a single win ahead of 93rd encounter with Schalke 04.
Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund: Prediction
Schalke’s defensive line revealed plenty of holes by shipping three goals at Volksparkstadion last weekend.
Since Dortmund can also be super vulnerable at the back, backing goals at both ends is just the way to go here.