Schalke vs Dortmund
Date: Saturday, 8 December 2018
Kick-Off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: VELTINS-Arena (Gelsenkirchen).
Bragging rights are at stake on Saturday afternoon as Schalke and Dortmund take on each other in the famous Ruhr Derby.
A real buzz is thus expected in and around VELTINS-Arena where the visitors will be hoping to maintain their tremendous spell of form against the struggling opposition.
Dortmund are enjoying a fabulous run in this term of Bundesliga. They are currently seven points clear at the top of the standings. They’ve been impeccable so far in the season winning 10 and drawing 3 of 13 matches in the competition.
BVB boast league’s best attacking record as well as the second best defensive record in Bundesliga. They allowed only for goals in six away matches so far meaning Die Konigsblauen should have a very tough task to create chances in the final third.
Schalke vs Borussia Dortmund: Head-to-head
Teams are all lock at 32 wins apiece coming into the 94th Ruhr Derby.
There was no winner in four subsequent derbies before Schalke clinched a 2-0 victory in the last one in mid-April this year in Gelsenkirchen.
Both teams found the back of the net in four of last six head to head encounters.
Schalke vs Borussia Dortmund: Prediction
Schalke fell 3-1 to Porto away at Dragao in the Champions League last week, but they managed a late equalizer to avoid a defeat in an important league clash with Hoffenheim seven days ago in Sinsheim. Die Konigsblauen still have to work hard to join the battle for positions leading to European competitions next term given they sit 12th at the moment in the Bundesliga ladder.
Domenico Tedesco can be worried with his side’s defensive line which revealed way too many holes of late. Schalke allowed six goals in last three league games and as many as three in the previous UCL match. It will be the music to the ears of Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer who were both on the scoreline in a 2-0 victory over Freiburg last weekend.
The time has finally come for Dortmund to end a dismal streak of five consecutive H2H games without a win. They are well worth backing to clinch a three-pointer at the 2.15 odds based on everything written above.
Schalke vs Borussia Dortmund: Bet Tips
Dortmund to win @ 2.15 (23/20)
HT/FT Dortmund/Dortmund @ 3.50 (5/2).