There is a huge round of mid-week fixtures in the Bundesliga this week, and while all the attention may be on the game between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, there is also vital points up for grabs at the bottom of the division. The biggest of those games will see Fortuna Dusseldorf look to get all three points to close the gap between themselves and Mainz.
When: Wednesday 27th May
Where: Merkur Spiel-Arena, Dusseldorf
How To Watch: BT Sport
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Schalke Odds
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Schalke Form
This is a huge fixture for both teams, as a defeat in this match could mean that their targets will be unattainable for the remainder of the season. Both sides are in different form, with Dusseldorf having the better record over the last six. However, transferring draws into wins has been their biggest challenge over this period, as they have won just once. In the same space of time, they have drawn four times.
Those four draws have come in their last four fixtures. However, how they bounce back from Sunday’s agonising 2-2 draw against Cologne will be crucial. Dusseldorf had believed they were taking all three points from that game as they were 2-0 up after goals from Kenan Karaman and Erik Thommy. However, in the final five minutes of the game, Cologne salvaged a point.
Schalke’s European hopes are hanging by a thread at present, as they have last four of their previous six, and haven’t won a game in this run of form. They remain just two points behind Wolfsburg in the final Europa League spot, but defeat here could mean that their chances of achieving that finish could be over.
Their worst performance of the season came at the weekend, as they were handed a 3-0 defeat by Augsburg. Schalke were lacklustre throughout the game, as they registered just two shots on target. David Wagner has a huge job on his hands to turn their fortunes around.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Schalke Recent Meetings
Schalke holds the narrow advantage in the overall record between the two sides, as they have won three of the previous six meetings. There have been two draws in these games, while Dusseldorf have also won on one occasion. Schalke may have the superior record, but they haven’t beaten Dusseldorf in the Bundesliga since 2013. The meeting earlier in the season was a pulsating 3-3 draw at the Veltins Arena.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Schalke Picks
This will be a cagey fixture between two sides that will know that they can’t afford to lose. A defeat for either side would be hugely damaging to their chances of achieving their goals this season. However, the recent form of both sides would indicate that if there is going to be a winner, then it will be the home side. However, gamblers should also look into the over/under markets, as there is good value.
Tip: Under 2.5 goals at -108 with BetOnline.ag.