Dortmund v Schalke

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On Saturday afternoon, Dortmund and Schalke go head-to-head in the Ruhr derby, in a game that is big for both sides hopes in the Bundesliga.

Dortmund have moved into second-place in the Bundesliga after a good recent run of form. BVB are now four points behind league leaders Bayern Munich after a four-game winning run in the German top-flight. Last time out, the home team recorded a potentially vital 2-1 win at Monchengladbach.

The victory saw Lucien Favre’s team score at least two goals for the seventh time in eight Bundesliga outings. Only Bayern Munich have scored more goals in the Bundesliga this season.

Dortmund are 13 home games unbeaten in the Bundesliga, having recorded ten wins in the process. The last opposition team to win at Signal Iduna Park in the Bundesliga were Saturday’s visitors back in April.

Schalke’s Bundesliga form has dipped of late. In fact, David Wagner’s team are hanging on to sixth-place after a run of seven games without a league win. The team from Gelsenkirchen are now only a point ahead of Wolfsburg and Freiburg in seventh and eighth place respectively.

The visitors drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim in their last Bundesliga outing. The result means that five of Schalke’s last eight matches in the German top-flight have produced under 2.5 goals.

Schalke have failed to win in six away games in the Bundesliga, having picked up just three draws and suffered three defeats in the process. The visitors have not scored in their last four league games on their travels.

Team News

Dortmund have fitness doubts over forward Marco Reus.

Schalke have a pretty lengthy injury list, with Daniel Caligiuri, Juan Miranda, Salif Sane, Suat Serdar, Benjamin Stambouli, Omar Mascarell and Ozan Kabak all expected to miss out through injury.

Match Prediction

Dortmund have been in decent form of late and I believe BVB will record a comfortable win in this derby clash.

2/5 Odds

PREDICTION – HOME WIN

Odds correct at time of publication – please check with your bookmaker before placing a bet as fluctuations can occur.