The German Bundesliga brings us more excitement with the Round 21 matches scheduled over the weekend, so you can check out our betting tips and predictions for the clash between Schalke 04 and SV Werder Bremen at Veltins-Arena set for this Saturday, February 3rd, 2018.
The Miners are having a solid Bundesliga campaign so far, unlike the past few seasons, and this Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, they host SV Werder Bremen at Veltins-Arena as -139 favorites in one of the most thrilling matches of this round. Likewise, this clash is a quite interesting one if you fancy betting on goals, as the price on the Over/Under 2.5 Goals is set at -117/+100, so let’s see what can we expect from these two teams.
Team News, Updates and Facts
SCHALKE 04 recorded their first win in 2018 on last weekend, beating Stuttgart 2-0 on the road with two quick goals in the first 45 minutes. The Miners were beaten by RB Leipzig 3-1 at the start of the new year, meanwhile playing a disappointing 1-1 draw at home with Hannover 96, so we can say they are in a quite shaky form in the last couple of weeks. Schalke is currently in the third spot of the Bundesliga table with 34 points and a 32:25 goal difference, one point ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt in the fourth, and two points ahead of RB Leipzig in the fifth spot. At home, they are unbeaten for seven consecutive matches and they will certainly try to maintain this trend against Werder Bremen, while they’ve suffered just one defeat in ten matches on the home soil this season.
On the other side, SV WERDER BREMEN is having a terrible season so far, earning just three wins in 20 Bundesliga matches, while they didn’t taste the victory in the previous five rounds, recording three draws and two losses in the process. On last weekend, they played a disappointing nil-nil draw with Hertha BSC in front of the home fans, despite 18 shots toward Hertha’s goal (seven on target), and a 58% of the time with the ball on their feet. It was their third consecutive stalemate on the home soil, while they are undefeated at home for five games in a row. Werder Bremen is currently in the 16th spot of the Bundesliga table with 17 points and a 16:25 goal difference, one point ahead of Hamburger SV in the relegation zone, and three points behind Mainz in the 15th spot.
Betting Odds on the Total at BetDSI Sportsbook
Over 2.5 Goals @ -117
Under 2.5 Goals @ +100
Why Bet on the Under?
Both these teams finished the majority of their matches this season in the under – Schalke twelve out of twenty, and Werder Bremen thirteen out of twenty games. Six out of ten Schalke’s home matches had less than three goals in the total, while just three out of ten Werder’s away games were finished in the over. While the Miners have scored 17 goals at home this season, Werder Bremen has bagged just seven goals on the road, conceding thirteen in a return, which is exactly two goals per game on the average.
Why Bet on the Over?
The Miners are pretty consistent this season when it comes to scoring goals, and they’ve bagged at least one goal in the previous 14 Bundesliga matches. On the other side, their defensive job is solid, but they couldn’t keep the clean sheet for three games in a row on the home soil, while two of these three tilts had at least three goals in a total. Werder Bremen also has some serious problems with their defense on the road, as they couldn’t keep their net intact in five consecutive matches away from home, while three of these five tilts were ended in the over.
Schalke 04 vs. SV Werder Bremen Over/Under Betting Pick
The Miners are favorites here for a reason, and they should continue bagging goals on regular basis, while the visitors desperately need a positive result to keep the pace with teams above the danger zone, which promises a great match on Saturday. Werder Bremen earned their only away victory against Dortmund, so they are surely capable of making an upset at Veltins-Arena. They won two out of the last five H2H meetings, while all these five matches were ended with at least three goals in the total. Therefore, I’m backing goals in this one.
MY PICK: Over 2.5 Goals (-117)