We are reaching the point of the year where it’s usually pretty slim pickings for soccer fans in terms of games to watch and wager on. That, of course is a normal season, but this one has been far from normal. We saw leagues suspended for close to 3 months due to the global pandemic, but they are mostly now returning at a time when we are usually in the offseason. The Bundesliga was the first to get back to business, and their head start on the rest means that they are now close to the end of their season, with just 3 rounds of play left to go. Let’s take a closer look at one of the upcoming matches so you can plan ahead your bets against their Bundesliga odds.
Bundesliga Schalke Vs Frankfurt Game Preview
The title has all but been decided, with Bayern Munich once again landing on top, but there is still the business of European places and relegation to be taken care of. Given how tight things are in those areas, it may be the final week of the season before we see a resolution. Both of these teams are sitting in the middle of the table, but both still have an outside shot at a Europa League spot. Frankfurt are favored by ½ at home, with the goal total for this one set at 2 ¾.
Why bet on Eintracht Frankfurt
It has not been the worst season in the world for Eintracht Frankfurt, but there is still a chance that they are going to walk away with nothing. They lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal last week, and a loss here would almost certainly kill their outside shot at a Europa League Spot. On the plus side of things, they did bounce back from their cup loss very nicely, winning 4-1 on the road against Hertha Berlin. That win took them to 11-5-15 on the season, which is good for 38 points. They are 5 points back of the final European spot, so they really need to win out if they are to get in. I home games this season, Frankfurt are 6-4-5 and have scored 31 goals, while surrendering 24.
Why bet on Schalke 04
No one really knew how teams would react to coming back after such a long layoff. Schalke are one of the teams who have struggled since returning, with their hopes of European football next season now looking very slim indeed. They are coming off a 1-1 home tie with Bayer Leverkusen over the weekend, which moved them to 9-12-10 on the season. That puts them on 39 point, a single point ahead of Frankfurt and 4 points out of the Europa League Qualification spot. This is a must win game for Schalke, but they have not had a ton of joy on the road, going 4-5-6. In those 15 games, they have managed just 17 goals and have given up 25.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
In 5 of the last 6 meetings between these two teams, we have seen either a draw or a win decided by a single goal. That would suggest that we are in for another close one here. I am leaning towards the UNDER and am taking Frankfurt to edge it at home.
Pick: Eintracht Frankfurt 1 Schalke 04 0