With three more rounds to go in the German Bundesliga Schalke 04 needs one more victory to clinch the UEFA Champions League position, while Borussia Monchengladbach is still in the competition for the Europa League, so their head-to-head meeting set for this Saturday, April 28th, 2018, at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen should offer some thrilling football. The hosts are set as -110 favorites to win the game by the bookies, while the visitors desperately need three points, so this one is quite interesting to bet on the totals.
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SCHALKE 04 is currently in the second spot of the German Bundesliga with 56 points, a 16-8-7 record, and a goal difference of 49:35 which is 2.71 goals per contest on average, seven points ahead of Hoffenheim in the fifth spot, so the Miners need to earn a couple of points in the remaining three games to clinch the UEFA Champions League spot for the next season. In the last five Bundesliga rounds, they’ve earned three wins, one draw, and one defeat with a 9:5 goal difference, while two out of these five tilts had more than two goals in the total, including a 2-2 stalemate with FC Koln on last weekend.
At Veltins Arena, the Miners have won four games in a row, keeping their net intact in three consecutive encounters against Dortmund (2-0), SC Freiburg (2-0), and Hertha BSC (1-0). In 15 Bundesliga home games, they’ve recorded nine victories, four draws, and two defeats with a goal difference of 25:14, while nine out of these 15 matches had less than three goals in the total. The manager Domenico Tedesco is still without the defender Matija Nastasic (knee injury), but all other players are ready for the next fixture.
BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH is in the eight spot of the Bundesliga table at the moment with 43 points, a 12-7-12 record, and a 42:48 goal difference, which is 2.9 goals per contest on average, three points behind Eintracht Frankfurt in the seventh, and four points behind RB Leipzig in the sixth spot, so the Foals are still in the game for the UEFA Europa League football next season. In the previous five Bundesliga matches, Borussia Monchengladbach has recorded two wins, two draws, and one defeat with a 9:9 goal difference, whilst four out of these five tilts had at least three goals in the total, including a 3-0 victory over VFL Wolfsburg in the previous round.
The Foals are winless in the last three games on the road, earning a nil-nil draw against Mainz along with two losses against Bayer Leverkusen (2-0), and mighty Bayern Munich (5-1), while in 15 away matches so far, they’ve recorded four wins, three stalemates, and eight losses with a 17:29 goal difference, as eight out of these 15 games had more than two goals on the scoreboard. For the clash against Schalke 04, the manager Diether Hecking can count on all players, besides the midfielder Patrick Herrmann (two assists in 25 apps this season) who is sidelined due to an injury.
Betting Odds on the Total at BetDSI Sportsbook
Over 2.5 Goals @ -106
Under 2.5 Goals @ -112
Why Bet on the Under?
Schalke 04 is playing pretty tightly throughout the season, as 18 out of their 31 Bundesliga games had less than three goals in the total, while at home, they allowed just 14 goals in 15 matches. Likewise, they kept the clean sheet in the previous three games on the home soil, always looking first to defend well in front of the home fans. Against the Foals, Schalke 04 will need at least a draw, so we can expect to see another patient approach by the Miners.
Why Bet on the Over?
On the other side, 16 out of 31 Monchengladbach’s games had more than two goals on the scoreboard, while four out of their previous five tilts were ended in the over. The Foals desperately need a victory at Veltins Arena this Saturday, so they can start cautiously, but at some point, they will have to push forward in numbers. Also, if someone breaks the deadlock early in the match, it could quicken the tempo of the play and initiate a lot of attacking maneuvres.
Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Monchengladbach Over/Under Betting Pick
In the first head-to-head duel of the season, we saw a 1-1 draw at Borussia-Park, and I expect from both teams to score in this one once again. However, a draw doesn’t work for the visitors, so I will go with the over here, but you can check out all other lines and markets on BetDSI Sportsbook.
MY PICK: Over 2.5 Goals (-106)