Schalke vs Fortuna Dusseldorf
Germany – 1. Bundesliga
Date: Saturday, 2nd March 2019
Kick-off at 14.30 UK/ 15.30 CET
Venue: Veltins Arena (Gelsenkirchen).
Schalke is really posing some curious questions with their unexpected run this season. The team which used to be a frontrunner for the podium spots, that too just below Bayern, is struggling to find footing in the mid-table these days. Relegation is not that much of a threat for them, with a seven-point cushion providing them peace of mind for now. But there’s no concept in football called unwanted wins or unnecessary points. It will be beneficial for them to go after the visitors, and take the three points on offer.
It’s a rarity this season that Schalke is considered the favorites for an upcoming tie. But that’s the case this weekend, considering their visitors are the struggling Dusseldorf, and the former has the home advantage to count on further. The team has never won against Schalke, and just some match-days back, at this same venue, the hosts put them to shame with a 4-1 scoreline in the DFB Pokal.
Schalke vs Fortuna Dusseldorf Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last three games saw three Schalke wins.
- At this venue, the hosts have a 100% unbeaten record, and a 100% winning record in official meetings.
- Schalke scored two or more goals in all of their games at home.
- 100% of the encounters at this venue had both teams on the scoresheet.
- Except for once, all other meetings between these teams saw goals at either end of the pitch.
Schalke vs Fortuna Dusseldorf Prediction
The hosts are desperate for a win. They have had enough this season. The team can’t wait for the next installment of the Bundesliga to start, but before that, the squad should ensure their participation and deal with the problem of relegation. They have quite some distance as of now with the exit line, but since almost all teams would raise their levels in the final phase of the season, they have the incentive to go after more points.
The team has a favorable draw in that sense this Saturday. They have a 100% unbeaten record against Dusseldorf, and at home, they have a 100% winning record in official games. Dusseldorf, meanwhile, was winless in four of their last five away ties and conceded two or more goals in five of their last eight. They have also had their backline breached in 13 of their last 14 road trips. And importantly, just three weeks back, these two had locked horns at this venue, and then the home team recorded a win of 4-1.
Taking these into account, the home team is tipped to record a win this Saturday.
Schalke has conceded in 17 of their last 19 games, and in eight of their last ten home ties. Their defense is extremely vulnerable this season, and they have conceded more goals at home than even Nurnberg, the last team in the league table. Moreover, only once has an h2h game ended without both teams on the scoresheet, and 100% of the ones at this venue satisfied the criterion.
Expect goals at either end of the pitch this weekend.
Schalke vs Fortuna Dusseldorf Betting Tips
Schalke to Win @ 1.75 (3/4)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.80 (4/5).