Borussia M'gladbach vs Schalke 04 / Bundesliga – Another very interesting match of the 3rd round as both teams harbor high ambitions and have teams worth fight for the Champions League. Borussia had underperformed last season but it started well the new one with victory at home and away draw. Schalke, being the runner-up from the previous season, has totally underperformed in first two rounds and for the time being, it has zero points. Both their head-to-head played last season had ended as draws 1-1.
Borussia M'gladbach vs Schalke 04 begins 15.09.2018 at 18:30 CET
Borussia had demonstrated its strength in the first round of the DFB-Pokal when it won by 11-1 but it was clear to everyone that the score doesn’t mean much for the league matches. Still, in the first round Borussia played a very good match against a strong team like Bayer Leverkusen is and as a result, it won 2-0, where T.Hazard missed the penalty. All this seem much weaker in the second round when they faced Augsburg away, where were outplayed and could be satisfied with the final 1-1.
They conceded goal very early and had played a bit better only in the second half when Zakaria and Plea came off the bench, where the latter scored the equalizer. That is why we expect to see the strongest reinforcement that arrived this summer in the starting line-up instead of Reaffael. Zakaria too should be the starter instead of Neuhaus, while the rest of the team should remain the same. We should add that forward Stindl is still injured.
Probable lineups Borussia M'gladbach: Sommer – Beyer, Ginter, Jantschke, Wendt – Strobl – Hofmann, Zakaria – T. Hazard, F. Johnson – Plea
Schalke had a very weak start of the new season in which it harbors great ambitions being the runner-up last season. They had tough rivals but no one expected that Schalke will win no points after two rounds. It puts a lot of pressure very early in the season on them. Even in the Cup Schalke didn’t shine and it won only after penalty and own goal scored by opposing team. They managed to score in Wolfsburg in the first round despite having one player fewer as Nastasic was sent off, while Bentaleb has scored from the penalty.
In the second round, Schalke desperately tried to win Hertha in Gelsenkirchen but it simply didn’t work. D. Caliguri had missed the penalty and after that, they received two goals, where total dominance meant nothing to Schalke. Near the end another red card, this time showed to Knoaplyanka, meaning Schalke had one player sent off in both matches, while it is still waiting to score from the game. Manager Tedesco has made a series of changes after Wolfsburg but it didn’t help much, just like bringing midfielder Rudy from Bayern. Nastasic is back in defense, while Serdar and G. Burgstaller are starters now.
Probable lineups Schalke 04: Fahrmann – S. Sane, Naldo, Nastasic – D. Caligiuri, Baba – Rudy – S. Serdar, Bentaleb – G. Burgstaller, Uth
Borussia M'gladbach vs Schalke 04 PICK
Borussia is definitely under less pressure but this team usually plays much better at home than away. Schalke has imperative to score from a game and we believe it will succeed in that in M’gladbach, but it doesn’t mean it will manage to not receive at least one goal.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 1.74 at 10bet (down to 1.64 can be played)
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