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The stage is set for the Ruhr Derby, as Borussia Dortmund is all set to welcome Schalke this weekend for its final league match before the start of the international break.
Dortmund suffered its second loss of the season during its latest outing when it traveled to the Red Bull Arena last weekend. The hosts got an early lead, scoring through Willi Orban in the 6th minute of the match, and went on to score twice more before the final whistle. The visitors were unable to answer even once and eventually shed all the 3 points.
With that loss, the runners-up in the previous season now find themselves out of the top 4, and in the 5th place on the points table. With the domestic league as well as the Champions League fixtures going on side-by-side, coach Edin Terzic seems to be struggling a bit with achieving the right balance for his team.
Fellow Revier team, Schalke, which is back in the top flight after spending a year in 2. Bundesliga has shown some flashes of consistency under the newly appointed coach Frank Kramer. The team has lost just 2 of the 6 top-flight matches that it has played so far, and is undefeated in the last 2 outings. Last weekend, Schalke hosted Bochum for a home fixture and registered an easy 3-1 victory, which was also it's first for the season. With those 3 points, Schalke is at the 12th spot, and in a relatively comfortable position compared to the bottom 3.
Nevertheless, the fans will hope that the team puts its best foot forward this weekend to score at least 1 point against their mighty neighbors.
Match prediction and football betting tips for Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04 Bundesliga 2022-22. The match is going to be played at the Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, on 17th September 2022.
With a hectic schedule, Dortmund has quite a few injuries in their camp as they head into this derby. Mahmoud Dahoud, Mateu Morey Bauza, Gregor Kobel, Sebastian Haller, and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens are unlikely to feature in this game.
Schalke on the other hand will travel with an almost full-strength squad, with the only exception being Marcin Kaminski, who has a laceration.
The hosts will be looking to go into the winter break on a high, and we see no reason why they wouldn’t be able to do so.
Bet on a Dortmund win.
Dortmund has kept a clean sheet in each of its last 4 top-flight games in the Ruhr Derby. They also haven’t let through any goals in 4 of their last 7 competitive games this season. We are therefore recommending betting against BTTS.
5 of the last 6 matches between the 2 clubs have seen at least 3 goals scored in them. 4 of the last 6 matches involving Dortmund, and 5 of the last 7 games for Schalke across competitions have also seen more than 2.5 goals scored in them, adding weight to our recommendation.