Dortmund v Schalke in the Revierderby

Last updated: May 14, 2020 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 13:30
Venue: Signal Iduna Park
Coverage: BT Sport
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Last Meeting: Schalke 0 – 0 Dortmund
Competition: Bundesliga

All eyes will be on the German Bundesliga as they pioneer the return of football. The Revierderby is our main focus as the blue Schalke 04 head to an empty Signal Iduna Park that will be without the mighty noisy yellow wall. This exciting looking match has all the ingredients to be entertaining. Dortmund have immense firepower but will it be enough to overcome a Schalke side who have proved stubborn opposition in the past?

The significance of supporters in a game will be put to the test, as we experience a taste of what football will be like for the foreseeable future at least. Dortmund has already experienced playing behind closed doors as their last fixture, a 2-0 loss at PSG, was played without fans. That defeat ended their Champions League campaign, and Lucien Favre’s side must now concentrate on winning their first league title in eight years. Their current form in the Bundesliga is excellent, and a win against Schalke would be a fifth consecutive league. Dortmund score goals for fun and have hit 68 in the 25 games they have played this season. Out of these 25 games, 21 have resulted in over 2.5 goals. They are breathing down the neck of Bayern Munich, just four points behind the champions.

Last year’s top assist provider, Jodan Sancho has already beaten his previous year’s tally of 14 assists with a career-high of 15. This tally is only eclipsed by Thomas Muller who has 16 and is the League’s all-time top goal provider with 115. Africa’s young player of the year, Achraf Hakimi, has flourished on his two-year loan move from Real Madrid. The 21-year old is the leading creative defender this season with ten assists. Current form is excellent; the Moroccan international has assisted in four goals in his last five games. Sancho and Hakimi have formed a formidable attack partnership on the right anchored by Thorgan Hazard who also has ten assists.

Former Dortmund 2 boss David Wagner returns to his old home side stadium for the first time since taking over Schalke in May 2019. The first time he met his previous employers was a goalless draw at the Veltins Arena.

The Miners have serious defensive problems conceding nine goals in the last three matches and haven’t tasted a win on the road away since November 23rd when they beat Werder Bremen 2-1. The seven-time domestic champions are the only side in a European spot with a negative goal difference which speaks volumes in both their attacking and defensive aspects of their play. They have failed to score in the last four away games and have not won in the previous six games on the road. They have, however, an excellent record against this weekend’s opponents. They are unbeaten in the last three trips to Dortmund, drawing two and winning the other. They have twice as many wins as the German giants and have lost just once in the previous eight encounters.

So far this season, 22-year-old Amine Harit has been a valuable player, scoring six and creating four. Schalke’s main goal threat has come from Suat Serdar who has found the net in seven games so far. A player Everton fans may be interested in watching is Jonjoe Kenny, the 23-year-old is on loan from the Premier League club and has assisted three goals so far.

Team News

Favre’s troops were knocked out of the Champions League and can now focus on winning the first Bundesliga title in eight years. They have a four-point deficit from the reigning champions Bayern Munich.

Jadon Sancho will be in the starting line-up and has 15 assists, only Thomas Muller (16) has more.

Schalke O4 still occupies the final Europa League spot at sixth but are winless in six league matches.

High scoring midfielder Suat Serdar is the beating heart of David Wagner’s side with seven goals and a conversion rate of 24% similar to Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy (23.4%).

Expected Line-Ups:

Dortmund (3-4-2-1): Burki, Piszczek, Hummels, Zagadou, Hakimi, Can, Witsel, Guerreiro, Hazard, Sancho, Haaland
Subs: Hitz, Dahoud, Gotze, Akanji, Brandt, Schmelzer, Reyna, Reus, Delaney
Not available:
Schalke 04 (3-4-3): Nubel, Kenny, Todibo, Nastasic, Oczipka, McKennie, Schopf, Serdar, Raman, Harit, Gregoritsch
Subs: Thiaw, Mercan, Boujellab, Gregoritsh, Kutucu
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Dortmund This Season Schalke 04 This Season
2nd League Position 6th
15 (6) Wins (away) 9 (4)
5 – 0 v Union Berlin Biggest Win 5 – 1 v Paderbon
6 (3) Draws (away) 10 (4)
0 – 4 v Bayern Biggest Defeat 0 – 5 v Leipzieg
Sancho (14) Top Goal Scorer Serdar (7)
Y25, R0 Discipline Y42, R1
2 Failures to Score 9
40% Clean Sheets 28%
56% Both Teams to Score Games 52%
84% Over 2.5 Goals 56%
16% Under 2.5 Goals 44%
  • Dortmund and Schalke 04 have met forty-six times. The miners have the advantage with 18 wins times against the Dortmund’s nine wins with 19 draws between them.
  • Dortmund has three players on double digits of assists Sancho (15), Hakimi (10), and Hazard (10) with the right-wing proving their most productive side of attack.
  • Schalke have not tasted defeat in the last three trips to Signal Iduna Park while Dortmund has not lost at home in all competitions this season.
  • Dortmund has an average of 2.63 goals per match compared to the Schalke04 average of 2.05 goals per game.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
26/10/2019 BL Schalke 04 0 – 0 Dortmund
27/04/2019 BL Dortmund 2 – 4 Schalke 04 Gotze 14′
08/12/2018 BL Schalke 04 1– 2 Dortmund Delaney 7’
15/04/2018 BL Schalke 04 2 – 0 Dortmund Konoplyanka 50’
25/11/2017 BL Dortmund 4 – 4 Schalke 04 Aubamayang 12’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

We don’t know if it’s been the lack of football action, but we are so looking forward to this game. Dortmund has some of the most exciting forwards in the sport; on paper, their form and strength should be too much for a struggling Schalke side. However, the Revierderby hasn’t been kind to Dortmund in recent times.

All things point to a high-scoring clash in our mind, especially if players are cautious in making tackles. Therefore over 2.5 goals, available at bet365 @4/6 seems sensible, and even 3.5 looks tempting. A side bet on a brace for Erling Braut Håland @ 15/8 could pay dividends as well.