Schalke 04 hosts Borussia Dortmund at the Veltins-Arena in another edition of the magnificent Ruhr derby. This is a game from the 22th round of the Bundesliga. Are you ready to dive into some details now?
Schalke 04 are getting closer and closer to relegation to the 2. Bundesliga. The Royal Blues have won just one game since the beginning of the season. Schalke are currently 18th in the standings with 9 points and the future is looking very dark for them.
You can’t hope of survival when you are not winning games. In the previous round Schalke did not win again. They faced Union Berlin in the capital, but the game ended with no goals scored – 0-0. It seems that whatever the manager Christian Gross and his players are trying is simply not working.
Borussia Dortmund arrive in Gelsenkirchen from 6th place in the standings. Die Borussen have some work to do because they are 6 points behind the 4th Wolfsburg and the Top 4.
During the week Edin Terzic’ team made a marvelous performance in the Champions League. Dortmund paid a visit to Sevilla in a 1/8-final from the competition and achieved a spectacular 3-2 win at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. The Norwegian goal machine Erling Haaland scored a brace for the visitors while Mahmoud Dahoud scored one as well.
What the manager Edin Terzic must try to do is make his team perform in the same way in the Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund won just one of their last six games in the Bundesliga and that’s the reason why they fell from the Top 4.
In this preview we must state the obvious – Borussia Dortmund are true favourites against Schalke 04 in the Ruhr derby. Die Borussen had a Champions League game during the week, so most likely the manager Terzic will do some rotations to keep the team fresh.