After a couple of months in the wilderness, it is once again a good time to be a soccer fan. While a couple of the major European leagues have made the decision to cancel the remainder of this season, a few more have decided to get back to business. The Bundesliga, which we are covering today, has now been back for a couple of weeks, albeit with teams playing in empty stadiums. It will be the same story for Serie A, La Liga, and the English Premier League, all of whim are on the brink of a return. While there are sure to be some who question the decisions made by these leagues, the reality is that the majority of soccer fans are just happy to see meaningful games being played once again. Let’s take a closer look at this matchup so you can place you bets respectively against their Bundesliga odds.
Fortuna Dusseldorf Vs Schalke 04 Game Info
We certainly have a meaningful game set to go here, albeit for very different reasons for both of these clubs. Dusseldorf are in the relegation zone right now and looking to battle their way out, while Schalke still have a shot at the Europa League qualifying spot that comes from finishing in 6th. This one is on the board as a PK play, with the goal total set at 2 ½.
Why bet on Fortuna Dusseldorf
Given their current position, which sees them in one of the three relegations spots, Fortuna Dusseldorf will take anything they can get right now. That includes the valuable point that they picked up on the road in a 2-2 tie against Koln this past weekend. That single point leaves them 3 points away from safety, and with 7 games still to play in the season, they have a legitimate shot at saving themselves from the drop. Overall, Dusseldorf are 5-9-13 on the season, scoring 29 goals and surrendering 52. That defense has been a problem all season long, but this team tends to either shoot blanks or score in bunches on the offensive side of things, as seen in their 3-3 draw on the road against Schalke earlier this season. 4 of their 5 wins this season have come at home.
Why bet on Schalke 04
As mentioned at the top of this piece, Schalke still has a good shot at landing the Europa League qualifying spot. That’s the good news, but the bad is that they are not doing much to help their own cause. They were hammered 3-0 by Augsburg, a team in a relegations battle, at home this past weekend, knowing that a win would have moved them up into 6th. As it is, Schalke are now 9-10-8 on the season, good for 37 points. That leaves them 2 points back of Wolfsburg for that vital 6th spot. Schalke have been just okay on the road this season, going 4-4-5, while scoring 15 goals and surrendering 22. Their last visit to Dusseldorf came last season, when they came away with a 2-0 win.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The reality here is that Schalke are proving to be one of the more unpredictable teams in the league. I am more than a little wary about wagering on them, but I am going to take a shot her.
Pick: Fortuna Dusseldorf 1 Schalke 04 2