Kick-off: 1430, 16/05/2020
Stadium: Signal Iduna Park
TV: BT Sport 1
Bundesliga football returns albeit behind closed doors and it starts with a bang as Borussia Dortmund host Schalke in the Revierderby on Saturday afternoon.
Dortmund will hope the extended break can aid their bid for a first league title in eight years and they can eat into leaders Bayern Munich’s four-point advantage with victory over their local rivals.
Schalke occupy the final Europa League spot in sixth and will hope the enforced two-month gap in the calendar can regain that winning feeling after six league games without victory.
The visitors have not tasted defeat in their last three short trips to Signal Iduna Park, but BVB have not lost at home in all competitions this season and are 11/20 to take the bragging rights in our initial Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke prediction.
A Look At Borussia Dortmund’s Betting Odds
Lucien Favre’s side will aim to pick up where they left off as they return to Bundesliga action on the back of four successive league victories.
England international Jadon Sancho has continued his meteoric rise in Germany by registering 15 assists, which is only behind Bayern’s Thomas Muller, and 14 goals in the league so far this season.
His partnership on the right flank has proved prolific with Achraf Hakimi also racking up 10 assists for Dortmund, while Thorgan Hazard has reached double figures too in a highly-attacking line-up.
Dortmund have the second-most potent attack in the division with 68 goals in 25 matches, thanks to the addition of Erling Braut Haaland from RB Salzburg in January. He has already found the net nine times in just eight Bundesliga appearances.
Their home form has been pivotal to their success and matches at Signal Iduna Park have been entertaining during the campaign, with only six of their 17 games seeing three goals or less.
A Look At Schalke’s Betting Odds
Former Borussia Dortmund II boss David Wagner returns to his old club for the first time since taking over as Schalke head coach in May 2019.
He has already faced BVB this season, holding them to a goalless draw, and has made Die Konigsblauen harder to beat throughout the campaign.
Schalke have drawn twice and won the other in their last three trips to Dortmund but struggled on their travels before the two-month break.
They have not scored in any of their last four away games in the Bundesliga and have not won in any of their last six games on the road.
However, derbies usually throw the form book out of the window and after scoring four goals in each of their last two visits, both teams to find the net at 83/100 is our final Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke prediction.
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-2 DORTMUND – Thorgan Hazard, Achraf Hakimi
SCHALKE 1-1 Hoffenheim – Weston McKennie
Head-to-head: Schalke 0-0 Dortmund, Dortmund 2-4 Schalke, Schalke 1-2 Dortmund, Schalke 2-0 Dortmund, Dortmund 4-4 Schalke.
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