Schalke can book their place in the Champions League next season with a point here, while the visitors must go for three points in order to keep their Europa League hopes alive, so it’s going to be interesting to see how this clash will develop. The hosts would like to end the campaign as the vice-champions behind the undisputed leaders Bayern Munich, but securing the UCL is their main objective and that shouldn’t be a problem after all that we saw thus far this year. The game between Schalke and Monchengladbach will take place at Veltins-Arena on Saturday, April 28th.
Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Monchengladbach
Three-Way: 1: Schalke -118; X: +260 Draw; 2: Gladbach +320 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread -0.5:Schalke -119; Gladbach +108
Total 2.5 goals: Over -116; Under -105
The Miners are not in a particularly good form at the moment as they won just one out of the previous four matches and suffered elimination out of the DFB Pokal as Eintracht Frankfurt beat them at Veltins Arena to reach the final. Schalke failed to defeat the relegated Koln side despite having a commanding 2-0 lead after the opening 23 minutes as BreelEmbolo and YevhenKonoplyanka scored two quick goals. However, the hosts responded through Bittencourt and Risse, and although Schalke dominated the tilt, they dropped a couple of points. Domenico Tedesco’s side is currently in the 2nd position with 56 points, two ahead of Dortmund and five more than Leverkusen.
Schalke 04 played 36 games so far in the 2017/18, recording 20 victories, eight draws, and eight losses, with a goal difference of 56:37, which is 2.58 goals per contest on average. The Miners were in an excellent home form as they won five straight, but the 1-0 loss to Frankfurt snapped that positive run. Schalke scored six goals in the previous six matches at Veltins-Arena and conceded just two goals in return.
Guido Burgstaller is the team’s top scorer with 12 goals in 34 appearances; Naldo added seven goals to his name, YevhenKonoplyanka scored six goals, while Daniel Caligiuri contributed with five goals at the moment. Caligiuri is the best assist-maker with nine dishes; Amine Harit has seven assists, while Burgstaller, Konoplyanka, Bastian Oczipka, and Leon Goretzka have five apiece. Domenico Tedesco cannot count on BreelEmbolo (muscle), MatijaNastasic (ruptured cruciate ligament), while Baba Rahman (knee) and Max Meyer (foot) are listed as doubtful.
The Foals bounced back from a devastating 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich with a convincing 3-0 win over the relegation-threatened Wolfsburg at home, in a game where they dominated and deservedly got a big victory. Monchengladbach needed only eight minutes to score the opener through Lars Stindl, while Raffael and Christoph Kramer finished off the visitors in the 35th and 44th minute. Dieter Hecking’s side is in the 8th position with 43 points, three behind Frankfurt and four behind Leipzig who is sitting in the 6th spot that leads to the Europe League next year.
Borussia Monchengladbach played 34 games in this campaign, recording 14 victories, seven draws, and 13 losses, with a goal difference of 45:50, which is 2.79 goals per contest on average. The Foals are not playing well on the road recently as they have just one win in the previous nine away matches, while they are without a win in the last three, scoring only one goal in the process and conceding seven in return.
Thorgan Hazard is the team’s leading scorer with ten goals in 34 appearances; Raffael is following him on a goal-scoring chart with nine, Lars Stindl added six goals, while Matthias Ginter chipped in with five. Hazard is the most creative individual on the visiting team with eight assists, while Stindl, Jonas Hofmann, and Vincenzo Griffo have four dishes apiece. Dieter Hecking will be without Patrick Herrmann (torn lateral ligament), Fabian Johnson (back), Mamadou Doucoure (muscle), and Julio Villalba (muscle).
Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Monchengladbach – Betting Trends and Match Prediction
- Schalke kept the clean sheet in four out of the previous six home matches
- Schalke failed to score in just two out of 18 games at Veltins-Arena this season
- Gladbach didn’t score in four out of the previous six road matches
- Gladbach conceded seven goals in the last three away games
Schalke won two out of the previous five H2H encounters, while the last three clashes ended without a winner, including both tilts in the Europa League last season. Monchengladbach won in just two matches at the Veltins-Arena in the past 20 years, so it’s going to be extremely hard to get three points on Saturday, especially considering Gladbach’s current form on the road. However, the last four duels ended with both teams scoring, so I am backing that again on this one.
MY PICK: Both teams to score YES (-125)