Dortmund looks to get its title challenge up and running again as it welcomes Schalke to the Westfalenstadion. Lucien Favre’s side needs to make up four points on leaders Bayern Munich in just nine games.
But Schalke could pose a problem for those title aspirations as David Wagener has turned the club around after coming in at the start of the season. This might be one of the games of the weekend, and I’ve provided my Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke prediction and betting pick for you below.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke Odds
Borussia Dortmund to Win-185
Schalke to Win+480
Dortmund has not lost a single game at home this season and is made the overwhelming favorite by BetOnline to keep that trend going. Schalke has looked good away from home this season, but this is a different kind of test. Maybe the lack of fans will help the visitors here, though?
Dortmund had looked fairly good before the winter break but was not looking like it would push Bayern for the Bundesliga title as it had done in previous seasons. But all that changed when Erling Braut Haaland arrived from Red Bull Salzburg. The Norwegian striker has been phenomenal since the start of the year, scoring 12 goals in just 11 appearances in all competitions.
But he isn’t the only one that Schalke’s defenders will have to look out for. The partnership he has struck up with Jadon Sancho has already left a number of other teams in its wake, and the visitors will have to be on top of their game if they are to stop Dortmund’s forward line on Saturday.
Schalke will be coming out of the break hoping that it can regain some of its early-season form where it even broke into the top three at one point. After the terrible season last year, the turnaround achieved by the Gelsenkirchen club had been very impressive.
Results had taken a dip after the winter break, though, and Schalke has only won one game since Christmas. US international Weston McKennie has been particularly instrumental in the club’s success, and he may well be needed to bring the team through this sticky patch.
Betting Pick for Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke
Borussia Dortmund to Win
There are not many games — home or away — that you would not want to back Dortmund to win, especially when Haaland is in the team. His appearances at the start of his Bundesliga career tended to be from the bench, but his goals have come so quickly that he is sure to be a regular starter for the rest of the season. He should be the main focus of attack for the home side here and lead his team to victory.
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