Schalke vs Freiburg
Date: Saturday, 17th December, 2016
Kick-off: 14:30 UK
Venue: VELTINS-Arena, Gelsenkirchen.
The defeat Schalke suffered two weeks ago to the leaders RB Leipzig did not ring for the alarm bells as it was the first one after nine consecutive matches without a loss. However, Markus Weinzierl lost two more to make in three in a row within no more than seven days, which definitely sounds for the alarm to be turned on.
The current streak very much reminds on the start of the campaign in Bundesliga when Schalke did not look like a professional team. Anyhow, the match with RB Salzburg in the last round of Europa League did not have any importance for The Miners, while the center back Naldo has been sent off after no more than four minutes in the game against Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday. Schalke did manage to hold the visitors to a goalless draw all up until the 89th minute when Stefan Kiessling took three points to Leverkusen.
Freiburg looked much better at the start of the season. They do have a wonderful streak at Schwarzwald, which was eventually extended last weekend after a narrow win over Darmstadt, but their performances are far from impressive and the manager Christian Streich is well aware of it. The team conceded plenty of goals on road where they have lost five out of seven games in this season of Bundesliga.
Schalke vs Freiburg: Head-to-Head Stats
Interestingly, each of the last four head to head encounters between the two teams offered Under 2.5 goals. This option is priced up at 11/10 ahead of the Sunday’s clash which is definitely worth considering knowing that the last match at VELTINS-Arena ended goalless back in April last year. Schalke are slightly more successful with 14 wins vs Freiburg’s 12.
Schalke vs Freiburg: Prediction
The main betting prediction will be Under 2.5 goals at 11/10 because Streich’s defensive line looked somewhat better in last two Bundesliga fixtures where they conceded a single goal. Schalke should be favorites to snatch the victory, but we do not quite fancy the 13/20 odds given on this betting option. Instead, we will seek the value and back the 1-0 correct score at 7/1.
Schalke vs Freiburg: Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals at 8/7 (2.15)
Correct Full-Time Score: 1-0 win for Schalke at 15/2 (8.50).