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.
For Bayern Munich this is going to be a first Bundesliga game since the departure of the head coach Niko Kovac. The Croatian manager was sacked after the humilating 1-5 loss against Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend. During the week the caretaker Hans Dieter Flick debuted with a win in the Champions League with Bayern beaing Olympiakos with 2-0 in Munich.
While Bayern Munich’s board is still looking for a new manager to replace Kovac, Hans Dieter Flick must find a way to calm the dressing room and motivate the players before the big derby. Against Olympiakos he left Philippe Coutinho on the bench, but maybe his idea was to keep the Brazilian fresh for the game against Dortmund on Saturday. Thiago Alcantara and Ivan Perisic also sat on the bench on Wednesday.
Borussia Dortmund also had a game in the Champions League during the week, beating Inter Milan with 3-2 at the Signal Iduna Park in a dramatic and exciting fixture. Die Borussen were two goals behind, but in a heroic way they turned the game around with two goals from Achraf Hakimi and one from Julian Brandt.
What Borussia Dortmund can do now is try to use the managerial problems in Bayern Munich. The situation in the champions’ dressing room is not perfect and they are without a head coach now. This is a great chance for Lucien Favre’s boys to make a hit. So far Dortmund have lost just one game in the Bundesliga – against the newcomers Union Berlin.
Even without a manager at the moment, Bayern Munich remain a boogeyman. For Borussia Dortmund it won’t be easy at the Allianz Arena, but they also have the tools to win this one.
It’s going to be really interesting at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt on Sunday, because Eintracht Frankfurt hosts Borussia Dortmund in a match from the fifth round of the German Bundesliga.
After selling some of their best players in the summer, Eintracht didn’t start the new campaign in the most consistent way. In four matches played so far, Adi Hutter’s boys won twice and lost twice. Now they are 9th in the standings with 6 points won, so they need to step up a little bit and do something to improve their consistency.
In the previous round Eintracht suffered their second loss for the season. The Europa League semi-finalists travelled to meet Augsburg and got beaten with 1-2. In the second half the Portuguese striker Goncalo Paciencia scored for the visitors, but before this Richter and Niederlechner gave Augsburg a very good advantage in the result.
Few days ago Eintracht Frankfurt had their first game in Europa League as well. They hosted Arsenal at home, but didn’t show nothing and suffered a 0-3 loss.
Borussia Dortmund started the new season with the ambition to win the title and so far they are showing it. They suffered a surprising loss against Union in Berlin, but they won all of the other three games they had.
In the previous round Dortmund hosted Bayer Leverkusen at the Signal Iduna Park and celebrated an exciting 4-0 win. Marco Reus scored a brace for the hosts, while Paco Alcacer and Raphael Guerreiro also scored.
During the week Borussia Dortmund hosted Barcelona in a game from the Champions League group stage. Lucien Favre’s team missed a penalty kick after the halftime break, while the game ended with a 0-0 draw.
Everything could happen in this clash between Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund on Sunday. Both teams are pretty ambitious and capable, so a lot of things could happen on the pitch.
Leipzig welcomes Borussia Dortmund in a game from the 18th round of the Bundesliga. Let’s take a look at this clash on Saturday night in Leipzig.
RB Leipzig continue the fight for a Top 4 finish and another qualification for the Champions League. Right now they are 4th in the standings with 31 points, having 3 points advantage in front of the 5th Wolfsburg. Most surely they’d want to keep this gap, because it gives them some calmness at the moment. Since the beginning of the season, RB Leipzig have a record of 9 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses.
In their last game Ralph Rangnick’s team enjoyed a 3-2 win over Werder Bremen at the Red Bull Arena. Lukas Klostermann, Timo Werner and Bruma scored for the winning team, while Kruse and Sargent’s goals for Werder were not enough for the visiting team.
RB Leipzig really needed this win, because in the previous game they have suffered a defeat from the hands of the champion Bayern Munich.
Borussia Dortmund are once again fighting for the title in the Bundesliga. At this moment Dortmund are leading the standings, having 42 points and 6 points advantage in front of Bayern Munich. The team’s record at the moment shows 13 wins, 3 draws and only one defeat.
In their last game Dortmund enjoyed their 13th win for the season, beating Borussia M’gladbach with 2-1 at home. Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus scored the winners for the home side, while Cristoph Kramer scored M’gladbach’s only goal in the match.
This is a great game at the Red Bull Arena. Borussia Dortmund are leaders in the league and they are fighting for the title, but it won’t be easy for them against RB Leipzig. The home side is one of the strongest teams in the country right now, so Dortmund shall expect a fight here.