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Prediction: Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund – preview and betting tips

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Schalke 04 to assume Borussia Dortmund at 158th Revierderby on Saturday, with the hosts desperately needing three points to keep this derby from being the last in the Bundesliga in at least a few seasons.

Dortmund are almost as desperate for a win, having dropped to sixth place on the table in recent weeks.

Match analysis

Although Schalke appears to have improved slightly since the turn of the year under the management of Christian Gross, winning two points in their last three matches, are victories they need if they want to get out of the very deep hole they are in.

In fact, last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Union Berlin leaves them nine points behind safety with 13 games left, so while survival is an incredibly difficult task, it is not an impossible mission.

While Schalke dominated possession of the ball against Urs Fischerhand, they really didn’t have a punch, failing to test the rookie Loris Karius until Nassim BoujellabThe effort of ‘worn out’ at 89 minutes. In contrast, the Liverpool loan Taiwo Awoniyi missed some golden opportunities for Union Berlin, so it was not a bad point for visitors.

Given Dortmund’s final form, it may not be the worst time to enter a Revierderby, but having lost the last two derbies 7-0 in total, it’s hard to imagine Schalke rising from the ground if he is humiliated in a similar way once again.

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland celebrates the goal against Sevilla in the Champions League on February 17, 2021

Indeed, although Dortmund’s domestic form has faltered lately, the BVB has shown no signs of lack of confidence during Wednesday’s superb 3-2 win over Sevilla in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.

The Spanish team has conceded just one goal in their last nine matches in all competitions, but Edin TerzicThe team team scoffed at this defensive record by shooting at them in the first half. Suso gave the hosts an early lead with a deflected shot, but Mahmoud Dahoudimpressive shot from afar up to two superb counterattack goals ended by Erling Braut Haaland made Dortmund a favorite to advance to the quarter-finals, despite Luuk de Jonglate goal of.

Now, however, Dortmund’s focus must again mount an attack on the top four, with a Revierderby against its struggling rivals, perhaps the perfect opportunity to start a streak in a way that may be needed to qualify for the Champions League. next season.

The 2-2 draw last weekend at home with Hoffenheim left the team six points behind Eintracht Frankfurt and Wolfsburg in third and fourth positions, respectively, but with Haaland and Jadon Sancho as it stands today, there is every chance that the gap can be made up in the coming weeks.

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Nabil Bentaleb celebrates Schalke 04's goal against Manchester City in the Champions League on February 20, 2019.

Schalke has several players excluded from the crucial derby match, with Matija Nastasic, Mark Uth, Steven Skrzybski, Kilian Ludewig, Salif Sane, Goncalo pacienca and Frederik Ronnow everyone else on the treatment table.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb made a surprising comeback to the XI starting line-up in last weekend’s draw with Union Berlin, which was his first appearance since a training camp explosion with the assistant coach Naldo in November.

Dortmund also has his own injury problems, with Axel Witsel, Roman Burki, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Lukasz Piszczek, Thorgan Hazard and Marcel Schmelzer all excluded from Revierderby.

Thomas Delaney must get involved again after he missed the trip to Sevilla due to the delivery of his wife, while Thomas Meunier returned to play as a substitute in that game, but it is likely that he will play again.

Possible initial lineup of Schalke 04:
Fahrmann; Becker, Mustafi, Thiaw, Kolasinac; Stambouli, Serdar, Bentaleb; Raman, Harit; Hoppe

Possible starting lineup for Borussia Dortmund:
Hitz; Morey, Akanji, Hummels, Warrior; Yes, Delaney; Sancho, Reus, Reyna; Haaland

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Probability: Schalke 04 0-2 Borussia Dortmund

With Dortmund rediscovering their mojo in Seville in the middle of the week, it is difficult to see beyond them winning this crucial Revierderby.

Schalke must fight hard and maintain possession at times, but Haaland and Sancho must be devastating in the final third.

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