Schalke vs Arminia Bielefeld
Date: Saturday, 19 December 2020
Kick-off at 14:30 UK/ 15:30 CET
Venue: Veltins Arena.
The Blues are placed 16th in the table, and have a total of just two wins so far to their name. And the two wins had come against Mainz, and Koln – two squads that are desperately trying to get clear of the relegation zone.
Likely, the objective of Uwe Neuhaus’s men is clear – secure as many points as they can against the worst teams in the competition, and thus extend their stay in the top flight.
In that regards, they have probably their most important fixture of the season coming up. The team is pitted against the absolute worst of the lot – the Miners, who are placed dead last in the table.
Manuel Baum’s men are yet to post a win on the board, and have also conceded the most number of goals of all the teams in the contest – 35. Keep note that the next worst is just 25 by Mainz.
Their struggle has been so real that their latest league win had come back in January.
By the looks of things, expect Bielefeld to have the edge this weekend.
Schalke vs Arminia Bielefeld: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Miners had recorded the previous ten straight wins.
- They had also registered 14 of the preceding 15 overall wins.
- They have an unbeaten record at this stadium in the past three decades.
- At this venue, they had won four of the former five fixtures.
Schalke vs Arminia Bielefeld: Prediction
Baum’s men had lost 0-2 at home against Freiburg the last match-day. The Blues lost 0-1 at home the past game week, against Augsburg.
Note that Baum’s men have won just once at home all through 2020 (in January), and they have a total of two wins this year. One of these had come against a team from the lower division, in the DFB Pokal.
Going on, despite all their problems, Neuhaus’s men have fought well against relegation-battlers. On that account, the Miners, who have practically ensured relegation with their hopeless run, should not be that much of a task for the Blues.
However, note that defense has been a problem for both of these squads all through this year. In fact, the two teams combined to let in 58 goals from their total 24 match-ups. On top of that, the Miners also have a great h2h record against this rival over the years.
As such, expect goals to come from both sides of the pitch this weekend, and in plenty.
Schalke vs Arminia Bielefeld: Betting Tips
Double Chance: Arminia Bielefeld or Draw @ 1.67 (2/3)
Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.90 (9/10).