On May 16, the German Bundesliga championship will “resume” operation with a derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke in the framework of the twenty-sixth round. Here is our free prediction for the upcoming event.
The “Bumblebees” rank second with fifty-on points in the asset. Even though they got victories in 8 out of 9 last matches in Bundesliga, the players are still behind Bayern München, a current championship’s leader — four points difference. In addition, RB Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach are at the back of the pack, which are 1 and 2 points behind Dortmund respectively. The European Cup season for Borussia ended with a loss to PSG with a 0:2 score in Paris. Before that, the Dortmund players achieved a home win with a 2:1 score. Besides, the “Bumblebees” flew out of the German Cup, failing to defeat Werder, the competition’s outsider. Thus, Lucien Favre and his team feel additional pressure: after these Borussia’s failures in the Cup, their fans will be satisfied with gold medals in the championship only. Nevertheless, the players still have chances to get a victory. The team prides itself on having super-forward Holland, who why is literally terrifying the entire Germany and Emre Han, a new member of the team who is a perfect match to the Dortmund’s midfield sector.
Gelsenkirchen-Schalke ranks sixth and has thirty-seven points. Wagner’s team is doing their best to participate in the European Cups, even though their chances seem to be not so brilliant — the influence of the competition and the general decline in the game performance. Schalke’s recent performance statistics are disastrous. In the last seven meetings, the players scored 2 goals but conceded 15. The last victory of the team was back on January 17: they defeated Borussia Mönchengladbach with a 2:0 score. Unfortunately, that is the only win in the last ten Schalke’s games. David Wagner has to improve the team’s defense strategy. There are significant staff losses in the defense field, and that influences such a bad performance greatly. Salif Sané, Benjamin Stambouli, Marco Caligiuri, Ozan Kabak, and Juan Miranda — all these key players are healing their injuries and can’t help Schalke win.
The 180th derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke will be held without fans at the arena, and that can affect the spectacularity of the match. In addition, the guest team has staff issues. So viewers shouldn’t expect a bright game from Gelsenkirchen, an obvious outsider of the upcoming event. Shalke scored just 2 goals in the seven last matches in Bundesliga, while Borussia conceded just 1 goal in the previous five games (the both will not score for 2.4). Dortmund was defeated just once in the last eight meetings in the Bundesliga. So we recommend considering P1 for 1.5.