Schalke 04 vs. Borussia M’gladbach / Europa League – Draw was not very friendly to two German representatives in Europa League and it merged them already in the round of sixteen, so it is a bad thing that one team will finish the competition after this match, while on the other hand one team will certainly go in the quarterfinals. It all came together before the first match in the round of sixteen, when Schalke and Borussia played the championship match when Borussia celebrated at home with safe 4-2. Thus, Schalke entered a negative series and are now five games without a win, with two defeats in a row. On the other hand Borussia is in a positive series and triumph over Schalke was their fourth in a row in three different competitions. In the first this season's championship match that they played in Gelsenkirchen, Schalke celebrated with a convincing with 4-0. Begins: 09.03.2017. – 21:05 CET
Schalke is in a new crisis, and it is difficult to say more, and what is the time they fall in a series of poor results this season. Now the crisis has arrived in a very awkward moment, and they could pay a high price, or they already paid. They played in three competitions, until they were eliminated from the Cup, but had no luck, because their opponent was Bayern and the match was played in Munich. They are already poorly ranked in the championship and it is increasingly clear that they will not carve a new placement on the European scene and Europa League remains as the only comfort and they are hoping that they perhaps there can go to the very end.
The problem is that Borussia could be an insurmountable obstacle and a hint of that is their championship match, which they lost on Saturday in M'gladbach. They had a draw in the first hour of the game but then completely fallen apart, although it must be said that they were outplayed in that match, similar in Munich, where Bayern scored all three goals in the first half hour of the game. After that match, their coach Weinzierl made two changes and Kolasinac and M.Meyer were left on the bench, while Kehrer and D.Caligiuri were on the field. Now Kolasinac should be back among the starters.
Probable lineups Schalke 04: Fahrmann – Howedes, Nastasic, Badstuber – Stambouli – Schopf, Kolasinac – Goretzka, Bentaleb, D.Caligiuri – G.Burgstaller
Borussia is in good mood lately and therefore they are still present in all three competitions. In the Cup they won the semi-finals after wins away against HSV, but it is not a surprise, while they made quite a feat in the last round of Europa League. They lost to Fiorentina at home with 1-0, and then were in the rematch losing with 2-0 and that was followed with this miraculous turnover and they celebrated with 4-2, which has led them to the second round. In the championship they made two consecutive triumphs and first they achieved it in Ingolstadt, and then against Schalke and they achieved the same result in Florence.
They were a much better rival and they deservedly won, while after striker Stindla, who had his own show against Fiorentina, now midfielder F.Johnson shinned and he is the most deserving for the triumph over Schalke. Interestingly, coach Hecking after the victory in Hamburg, decided on only one change in the composition and that was F.Johnson instead of Hofmann. Now they have two problems. The first is the injury of the standard center-back A.Christensen and he will be replaced by Kolodziejczak, while other problem is the suspension of midfielder Kramer, who also has a problem with injury, so he will be replaced by Strobl.
Probable lineups Borussia M’gladbach: Sommer – Jantschke, Kolodziejczak, Vestergaard, Wendt – Strobl, Dahoud – Herrmann, F.Johnson – Stindl, Raffael
Schalke 04 vs. Borussia M’gladbach PICK
Schalke has a lot of problems in their game and they are long without a win, however, they are still playing better at home, and they are losing matches a little harder there. Borussia is in good mood away and at home, but they will surely opt for tactics in this view, because they have a rematch so we do not believe that they will achieve a victory.
Pick: Asian Handicap 0 Schalke
Odds: 1.63 at betvictor (down to 1.56 can be played)