The German Bundesliga makes a dramatic return on the 16th of May following an eight-week break due to coronavirus. German authorities have ruled that matches can safely be played under strict conditions that will see around only 300 people within the stadium. It’s great news for football fans, especially given that one of the first matches back is the ‘Revierderby’ between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04. Dortmund host Schalke in a re-scheduled match from 14th March.
Dortmund will be hoping to move into within one point of league leaders Bayern Munich with a win over their fierce rivals. It will be easier said than done however with sixth-placed Schalke ready to spoil their title ambitions.
Check out our preview for predicted line-ups, best bet and the latest form.
Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke – Bundesliga 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Westfalenstadion (Signal Iduna Park)
Kick Off Time: 14:30 UK time
TV Channel / Live Stream: This game will likely be live on BT Sport. The BT Sport schedule hasn’t been fully updated but if the match is shown, it will also available to BT Sports subscribers online or via the BT Sport app.
Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke – The Form Guide
Dortmund are sitting second in the Bundesliga, trailing Munich by four points. The sides still have to meet each other before the end of the season, but they cannot afford any more slip-ups.
The Black and Yellows boast the best home record in the Bundesliga this season winning nine of their 12 games and drawing three. In those games, Dortmund have hit a massive 41 goals and conceded only 10. Furthermore, that have won seven of their last eight league matches. It’s no surprise therefore that they are hot favourites.
Schalke had been enjoying a much better campaign than last season but have hit a sticky patch. The Miners have lost two of their last three league games, conceding nine times in those matches. In fact, they last registered a league win eight-game rounds ago.
As well as hoping to put a dent in Dortmund’s title chase, Schalke are also chasing a European spot. They currently sit sixth in the table but are only one point better off than Wolfsburg and Freiburg below them. A change in fortune is needed for the visiting side.
What is the Team News?
Injuries will play a part in the remaining part of the Bundesliga campaign. Key players such as Marcos Reus for Dortmund will likely be available for selection now when they wouldn’t have been eight weeks ago. The Dortmund captain is expected to start the game having recovered from an injury.
Top scorers Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland are also set to feature in the starting XI.
The only notable injury for the home side is Dan-Axel-Zagadou who is out with a ruptured knee ligament.
It’s a similar story for Schalke who are only without centre back Ozan Kabak through injury.
22-year-old Suat Serdar is back fit for the away side and with seven goals, he is Schalke’s top scorer for the season.
More news could come out in the coming days regarding the fitness of certain players and their likelihood of playing. We’ll keep an eye on these and update this page when we know more.
Dortmund Predicted Line-up: Burki, Piszczek, Hummels, Akanji, Hakimi, Can, Witsel, Guerreiro, Sancho, Reus, Haaland
Schalke Predicted Line-up: Schubert; Kenny, Oczipka, Todibo, Nastasic, Becker; Harit, Schopf, McKennie, Serdar; Burgstaller
Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke Latest Odds
Dortmund are strong favourites to win with betting odds of 4/9 (1.44) available with NetBet. They have been in better form and have one of the best-attacking home records in Europe, so it’s clear to see why. In saying that, they have only beaten Schalke once in their last five meetings. On top of that, there will be no fans in the stadium to push them on, so it’s difficult to get behind such a short price.
You can get odds of 11/2 (6.5) for Schalke to land a win. They did so at a similar stage last season to effectively end Dortmund’s hopes of becoming league champions and could do so again. In fact, the Royal Blues have lost only one of their last eight league matches against Dortmund. It’s hard to gauge how the match will go, but 11/2 (6.5) looks appealing.
If you like the look of a draw you can back that at a decent (4.35), again with NetBet.
Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke Score Prediction
When the sides met earlier in the campaign, a 0-0 draw was played out at the Veltins Arena. That draw was the first time the sides shared the points in four league games. However, previous to that there were four draws in a row. As it is a derby, the form can sometimes go out the window and passion take over. Therefore, backing a strong favourite isn’t always the way to go. In saying that, Dortmund have been exceptional going forward and if youngster Haaland is still fit the Yellow and Blacks should win.
With this in mind, we like the look of a 2-1 scoreline at 15/2 (8.5) with NetBet.
Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke Tip
It will be a fascinating encounter and one that will go down in history. No fans for either side could have an impact on the game and it’s not clear how prepared these sides will be for what is usually such a huge game.
Despite a 0-0 draw in the last game, there have been 21 goals scored in the last five ‘Revierderby’ games. Because of this, we’re going to go for goals, and a Dortmund win.
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Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke FAQs
⚽ Q: What time is kick-off?
A: Kick-off is at 14.30 BST.
✅ Q: Is this match going ahead despite Coronavirus?
A: Yes. It is taking place on the first day of the Bundesliga resuming.
🥇Q: How many league goals has Erling Haaland scored this season for Dortmund?