Schalke vs Dortmund by Alex
There is a guarantee of drama when the most prestigious derby in Germany takes place. Dortmund are probably favorites on paper, but especially their away record especially is a bit worrying: only three wins out of 11 possible - including a defeat to Hertha Berlin recently. Schalke have fluctuated dramatically this season, but they're in the quarter-finals of the Europa League and have also shown signs of stability at home. There are usually a guarantee of goals when the teams play in Gelsenkirchen: the latest five times where the Revierderby were settled in here, there have been at least three goals per match. Dortmund scores on the assembly line, and Schalke scores a vast majority of their goals at home.
Marcus Weinzierl (Schalke) will be without striker Breel Embolo, center back Naldo, and left back Abdul Baba due to injuries. Since signing from Nuremberg for a relatively small amount of money, Austrian striker Guido Burgstaller has gone on to score four times in just nine appearances. This already has him just one goal shy of being the club's leading goal scorer, which is saying a lot about how poor they've been going forward. In a rivalry match, there won't always be pretty or elaborate moves going forward. It could come down to just a chance or two, and he could be just the man to take that chance.
Thomas Tuchel (Dortmund) continues to be without attacking midfielder Mario Gotze due to illness. Center back Sven Bender, midfielders Julian Wiegl, Sebastien Rode, and Dzenis Burnic, and left winger Marco Reus all have injuries keeping them from playing a part. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is likely winding down his time at Dortmund, but that shouldn't be something that holds him back in the slightest. Aubameyang currently has 23 goals in the league so far, which sees him lead Anthony Modeste by one at the moment. Aubameyang had come under fire earlier in the season for a big miss away from home, and that kind of situation might just face him yet again. Will he have learned something in that time to make it work this time, or will the same repeat? Or will the game be too closed for anything to break for him?
At the end of the day, I would love to go and recommend backing both teams to score at a solid 1.62, but my suggestion or proposal as to the best course of action is to back over 2.5 goals in today's fixture between Schalke 04 and The Black and Yellows at 1.69.
|Over 2.5 Goals||Unibet||1.69||8||1-1 LOST (-8 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.