Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04
German Bundesliga
Date: Saturday, 29th October 2016,
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK
Venue: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund.

It is the first Revierderby of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season when the two biggest clubs from the region Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 face-off at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday, 29th October 2016.

Borussia Dortmund are plagued by injuries since the start of the season. This did well at the start of the season despite the difficulties, but their thin squad is finally under serious fitness issues. They have dropped points in three consecutive Bundesliga matches now and will be coming into their biggest match of the season on the back of a three match win-less run.

Schalke on the other hand needed 6 matches to find their first league win of 2016/17 season. They did it in style by thrashing Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 at the Veltins Arena to end their 6 match losing streak. Since then, they looked like a team in confidence by holding Augsburg to an away draw and then a convincing 3-0 win against Mainz back home. They s till have a mountain to climb as they are currently 14th in the league table and need a prolonged run of good results to get close to the top most half of the table.

Borussia Dortmund: Team News and Predicted Line-up

Marco Reus, Subotic, Erik Drum, Sven Bender, Raphael Guerreiro and Marcel Schmelzer are all ruled out of the Revierderby through injuries. While the Turkish teenage sensation Emre Mor is suspended.

The biggest blow will be the fitness of star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is reportedly carrying a calf injury. He is a doubt for this key fixture, so do the experienced winger Andre Schurrle.

Expected Starting Line-up (4-1-4-1): Burki – Passlack, Bartra, Sokratis, Piszczek – Weigl – Dembele, Gotze, Castro, Pulisic – Aubameyang.

Schalke 04: Team News and Predicted Line-up

Schalke will be without the services of Breel Embolo who is out with an ankle injury. While striker Franco di Santo and Sead Kolasinac are major doubts for the derby.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could start as a lone striker, while Chelsea loanee Baba Rahman is expected to slot in at left-back.

Expected Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1): Fahrmann – Rahman, Nastasic, Naldo, Howedes – Geis, Bentaleb – Chupo-Moting, Goretzka, Konoplyanka – Huntelaar.

Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04: Head-to-Head Stats

In the two fixtures of the last season, Dortmund won the home leg by a 3-2 margin and settled for a 2-2 draw in the away leg at Schalke.

Dortmund are a slightly better side in recent meetings with Schalke as they earned 3 wins, 2 draws from 6 meetings, losing only once.

Schalke lead the overall head-to-record with 58 wins from 138 Revierderby meetings, while Dortmund are not far behind with 51 wins. And 39 matches from the series were stalemates.

Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04: Prediction

Both teams are desperate for 3 points for two different reasons. Dortmund have dropped points in recent weeks and have a 6 point gap against the title rivals Bayern Munich. While Schalke’s poor start to the season has left them in a lurch and are desperate to get out of the bottom half of the table.

Meanwhile, this is a derby and we could expect a tight contest. However, Schalke’s dominance have nullified in recent years and Dortmund have rose in to a power house in German football. They have a good record at home in recent seasons and they are expected to edge this by a narrow margin.

Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04: Betting Tips

Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals at 10/11 (1.95)
Dortmund to win at 1.57 (4/7).