Schalke 04 vs. Werder Bremen / Bundesliga – After seven rounds Schalke and Werder seem to have replaced their roles, and the current vice-champion from Gelsenkirchen is only one position above the relegation zone with only six points, while Werder has eight more and they are in excellent fourth place. However, Schalke has been playing better lately and they made three wins, of which one in the Champions League, while Werder was defeated for the first time this season, while they also celebrated in the last round. Last season the home field was no advantage in duels of these rivals, so both Schalke and Werder celebrated as guests.
Schalke 04 vs. Werder Bremen begins 20.10.2018 at 18:30 CET
Schalke certainly belongs to a group of teams who did not want this break in the championship, because, after a desperate start they finally managed to play better. In the first five rounds, Schalke has suffered unexpectedly the same number of defeats, although they played very well in some games and they deserved at least a draw. However, they still have not played a draw, except in the first round of the Champions League against Porto, when it was 1-1.
They are now in a series of three wins and it all started with a minimal victory of 1-0 against Mainz, in the game that carried a great imperative but somehow they managed to celebrate. After that they defeated Lokomotiv in Moscow with 1-0 and then it was a lot easier, and they became much more relaxed was best shown in Dusseldorf when they celebrated with 2-0. They have celebrated three times without any goals received and their coach Tedesco can count on all players, so they have reasons for optimism.
Probable lineups Schalke 04: Fahrmann – D.Caligiuri, Naldo, Nastasic, Mendyl – Bentaleb, McKennie – Schopf, S.Serdar, Konoplyanka – G.Burgstaller
It can now be concluded that Werder finally has one good start of the season. Seven rounds is quite a long period for evaluation and only one defeat in these seven games is a clear indication that the team from Bremen could finally play a more significant role this season. This defeat has happened to them in Stuttgart, against the team that is currently in the last place and it is interesting that they played two more draws with Nirnberg and Hannover, teams that have a lot of problems this season.
Werder has made four wins, with the fact that they have not played against the best teams yet, and their hosting in Gelsenkirchen is their first difficult test. Of course, it is easier to play now, when the stock of the points scored is quite satisfactory, and it should be said that Werder has achieved at least one goal in all matches so far. They have scored less than two goals only when they lost or played a draw. So we do not expect any changes in the composition that defeated Wolfsburg with 2-0 in the last round.
Probable lineups Werder Bremen: Pavlenka – Gebre Selassie, Moisander, S.Langkamp, Augustinsson – Bargfrede – M.Eggestein, Klaassen – Osako, Kainz – M.Kruse
Schalke 04 vs. Werder Bremen PICK
Schalke is certainly a favourite in this game, regardless of the situation on the table, but Werder is much more relaxed and we expect them to continue a series of achieving goals in Gelsenkirchen. Schalke is playing better lately, and they should be able to score a goal in front of his supporters.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.83 at 10bet (down to 1.73 can be played)
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