Schalke vs Hertha Berlin
Germany – DFB Pokal
Date: Tuesday, 4 February 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Veltins Arena (Gelsenkirchen).
Schalke appear to have the upper hand this Tuesday, considering their home advantage, the unbeaten run at this venue, recent impressive performances in h2h clashes, higher standing in the league table, and the struggles of the Berlin outfit on the road.
In the previous round, Schalke defeated Arminia Bielefeld with a 2-3 scoreline. All three goals for the guests had come in the first half, and though they conceded two later, the game was already in their hands by then.
Hertha meanwhile were held to a 3-3 draw at home by Dresden after extra time in the prior round. Later, they had to rely on the penalty shootout to progress through to this stage.
Going on, Hertha were winless in 11 of their previous 14 overall fixtures this season, and on the road, they had a total of four wins. Keep note that two of these wins had come against teams from the lower division or teams that were just promoted.
On the other hand, Schalke have lost against just three teams this whole season, and including Bayern, all three come from the top-seven of the Bundesliga table.
Most importantly, at home, the team has lost just once this whole 2019-20, and the sole defeat had come against none other than the Bavarians.
Schalke vs Hertha Berlin Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two met on the pitch just three days back, on the 31st of January. Then Schalke held Hertha to a 0-0 draw at home, despite being on the road.
- Hertha had failed to score in the previous two games, and in five of the prior seven match-ups.
- Schalke won eleven of the preceding twelve encounters at this stadium.
- Berlin could find the back of the net from just three of their previous sixteen visits to this ground.
- Meanwhile, only once since 2005 have Schalke failed to net goals at home.
Schalke vs Hertha Berlin Prediction
First and foremost, Schalke are placed higher in the league table with a goal difference of 15 between them. On top of that, Schalke have the home advantage as well.
Moreover, these two had fought on the pitch just three days back, and then in spite of the away handicap, Schalke held their opponents to a goalless draw. It also deserves mentioning that the domination of Schalke have been a recurring theme in h2h clashes for a very long time.
In fact, Schalke had kept clean sheets in five of the previous seven h2h games, and had recorded 16 of the preceding 19 wins in such fixtures. Most importantly, at this venue, the hosts had won 11 of the previous 12 h2h meetings, and only once have Schalke lost since 2004.
Finally, consider the fact that Schalke have lost just against Bayern this season at home, while their counterparts have really struggled on the road.
All these pointers help us to pick out the favorites for the day – Schalke.
Schalke vs Hertha Berlin Betting Tips
Draw No Bet: Schalke @ 1.44 (4/9)
Schalke to Win Either Half @ 1.50 (1/2).