Its the battle of top 4 spot in Germany as Schalke 04 face Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday evening at Veltins Arena
Schalke 04 currently have 41 points and are seated 5th behind their opponents Gladbach who are 4th place on the table with 42 points.
The two teams have just 1 point gap between them and Schalke04 hopes to get all the 3 points at home to leap frog Borussia M.Gladbach into the 4th place.
Both teams could as well loose the fourth place position if they settle for a stalemate and Mainz gets all 3 points against Werder Bremen.
Schalke04 vs Borussia M.Gladbach: Form Comparison
Schalke are not in a good form at the moment as they have won only 2 of their last 6 games, lost 2 and drew 2. Whereas Gladbach have won 3 of their last 6 games drew 1 and lost 2.
Gladbach are among the worst performers while playing away, they have lost 7 of their 12 away games this season and have only won 3. They have also conceded the highest number of goals (26) away from home.
Schalke have won 7 of their 13 home games this season and have scored 21 goals at home, making them the 5th best scoring team at home.
Schalke: Team News
Leon Goretzka and Eric Choup-Moting are doubts for the clash while Chinedu Obasi is back in training.
Marco Huger, Matija Nastasic Benedikt Howede and Atsuto Uchida are still on long term injuries. Junior Caicara will be serving his suspension for disciplinary points.
Schalke: Predicted line up (4-2-3-1)
Fahrmann, Reither, Matio, Neustadter, Aogo, Hojbjerg, Geis, Belhanda, Meyer, Schopf, Huntelaar.
Monchengladbach: Team News
Joel Mero is expected to return in few weeks. Martin Stranzl and Alvaro Dominguez is expected to return late march while Nicho Schulz is still on long term. Tony Jantschke and Oscar Wendt still don’t have a return date yet.
Monchengladbach: Predicted line up (4-4-2)
Sommer, Hinteregger, Nordtveit, Christensen, Elvedi, Johnson, Xhaka, Dahoud, Hazard, Stindl, Raffeal
Schalke vs Monchengladbach: Head-To-Head stats
Borussia M.Gladbach are victorious in 5 of their last 6 matches against Schalke04 in all competitions.
M.Gladbach have scored at least 1 goal in 5 of their last 6 games.
Borussia M.Gladbach have also been. The receiving end on away games as they have conceded at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 away games and have not win a game in their last 6 away games.
Schalke vs Monchengladbach: Prediction
If Schalke wants a shot in top four then they shouldn’t be thinking of anything other than a win, being that M.Gladbach are poor away and Schalke are some what successful at home, i expect Schalke to get something out of this game after they lost to Hertha last weekend.
A narrow win for Schalke 04 (2-1).