Schalke 04 vs SC Freiburg / Bundesliga – It cannot be said that this is a real derby, but it is certainly a duel that decides on the bottom part of the table. Schalke and Freiburg are neighbours on the table and the guests have one point more. Schalke did not win in the previous three rounds, but they passed further in the Cup from which Freiburg was eliminated and they are in a series of four rounds without triumph. In the first part of the season Freiburg has celebrated with 1-0 in their mutual duel.
Schalke 04 vs SC Freiburg begins 16.02.2019 at 15:30 CET
Schalke is again in a negative series, which lasts for three championship matches and they only briefly ended it in the Cup, in which they won the quarterfinals with a home victory over Fortuna. They played a draw with Hertha in the championship, which is a solid result, but then lost against two strong rivals. The first defeat was from Borussia M'gladbach on their field, and the second from Bayern in Munich with 3-1. Nastasic and Uth were unexpectedly left on the bench, but we now expect changes, because D.Caligiuri is suspended.
Probable lineups Schalke 04: Fahrmann – S.Sane, Nastasic, J.Bruma – Mascarell, Bentaleb – McKennie, Oczipka – S.Serdar – Kutucu, Uth
Freiburg is not doing very well in the second part of the championship and they are still waiting for their first triumph. The difference is that they were losing constantly in the first two rounds, and they played draws in the previous two duels. They receive too many goals, and they even received 12 goals in four rounds. That means that they receive three goals on average, and when that is the case, then it is very difficult to win. They have recorded two draws with a lot of luck. The first draw was with Stuttgart after a goal in the injury time, and the second one was against Wolfsburg when they were losing three times, but then reached 3-3 in the finish. R.Koch is out of action due to injury and he will be replaced by Holer.
Probable lineups SC Freiburg: Schwolow – Kubler, Lienhart, Heinzt, C.Gunter – Haberer, Frantz – Holer, Grifo – Niederlechner, Petersen
Schalke 04 vs SC Freiburg PICK
Schalke is crucified by playing on three fronts and they are about to have a duel in the Champions League, but they should not neglect the championship and they would have to celebrate in this match. Freiburg is having a somewhat more comfortable situation, however, they are in bad form and we expect them to lose in Gelsenkirchen.
Pick: Schalke wins
Odds: 1.77 at bethard (down to 1.67 can be played)
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