Schalke host arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in one of the most important Bundesliga Revierderbies in recent years (5:30pm kick-off, UK time). The two rivals
Schalke host arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in one of the most important Bundesliga Revierderbies in recent years (5:30pm kick-off, UK time).
The two rivals are fighting at either end of the table, with Schalke clinging onto their Bundesliga status while Dortmund are looking to stay in the race for the top four.
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Where to watch Schalke vs Dortmund on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 2
- US: ESPN+
Scoreline prediction: Schalke 1-3 Dortmund
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Schalke vs Dortmund build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
With every passing week, Schalke’s 30-year stay in the Bundesliga appears closer to its end, as the club are still fighting a losing battle against relegation. Although they achieved their first win this year, Schalke remain rooted to the bottom of the table, still nine points off the relegation play-off space.
Since that win over Hoffenheim, Schalke have lost four and drawn two of their six games, suffering heavy defeats to Bayern Munich (4-0) and RB Leipzig (3-0). They were also knocked out of the DFB-Pokal, though that may be a blessing, allowing them to focus fully on safety and the Revierderby this weekend.
It’s been an underwhelming season from Dortmund this season, and they currently find themselves sixth in the Bundesliga, six points off the top four with 13 games left to play. In the league, they have won just one of their past six games, losing three, which forced Dortmund to make early moves for a new manager.
Although Dortmund haven’t announced it themselves, Borussia Monchengladbach revealed Marco Rose will be taking charge of the BlackYellow from next season. The good news continued in the week as Dortmund beat Sevilla 3-2 in their Champions League last-16 first leg, a result not many would have expected.
- Schalke (vs Union Berlin): Fahrmann; Becker, Mustafi, Thiaw, Kolasinac; Serdar, Stambouli; William, Bentaleb, Harit; Hoppe.
- Dortmund (vs Sevilla): Hitz; Morey Bauza, Hummels, Akanji, Guerreiro; Bellingham, Can, Dahoud; Reus, Haaland, Sancho.
Both teams remain without a handful of players. For Schalke, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Salif Sane, Mark Uth, Kilian Ludewig, Frederik Ronnow, Steven Skrzybski and Goncalo Paciencia are all sidelined, while Roman Burki, Lukasz Piszczek, Marcel Schmelzer, Axel Witsel and Dan-Axel Zagadou are missing for Dortmund.
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Players to watch:
- Schalke: With so many injury problems in attack, Matthew Hoppe is currently holding Schalke’s Bundesliga hopes on his young shoulders. The American had a wonderful January, scoring five goals including a hat-trick against Hoffenheim to get Schalke their first win but, as is to be expected at his young age, Hoppe is going through a quiet patch. It’s now four games since Hoppe’s last Bundesliga goal and during that run, Schalke have only managed to score one goal, being shut out by Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Union Berlin. It’s not right for Hoppe to solely carry the burden, and he shouldn’t be blamed if Schalke go down, but it would be great for player and club if he can end his goalscoring drought in the Revierderby.
- Dortmund: It was the Erling Haaland show in midweek and Dortmund will be hoping he can carry that Champions League form over to the Bundesliga. The Norwegian powerhouse scored twice in the 3-2 win over Sevilla, taking his Champions League tally to 18 in 13 games since the start of last season. It also continued his return to goalscoring form across all competitions, having netted the equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim last weekend, having gone two games without scoring in the league – his worst goalless run in the Bundesliga. Haaland hasn’t scored in a win for Dortmund since January (4-2 vs RB Leipzig) but there will almost be an expectation for that to change this weekend.
Bundesliga 2020/21 recent form:
- Schalke: DLDLL
- Dortmund: DLWLL
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