Schalke vs. Stuttgart Betting Preview – Bundesliga, October 30, 2020

By Admir Aljic in Soccer
| October 28, 2020 3:18 pm PDT

Matchday 6 of the 2020-21 Bundesliga season kicks off Friday, October 30, with the Schalke vs Stuttgart showdown at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen.

Schalke earned only one point out of its first five outings, and the Miners desperately need to break out of their funk. They will have support from the stands, as the limited numbers of spectators are allowed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Schalke fans will demand a victory.

However, Stuttgart has played well lately, so the Swabians will look to remain on the right path, promising a great battle at Veltins Arena.

Here’s my Schalke vs. Stuttgart prediction and betting pick along with the best odds on the market, so let’s take a closer look.

Schalke vs. Stuttgart Odds

BTTS YES-164
BTTS NO+125
Schalke to Win+225
Stuttgart to Win+120
Draw+255
Over 2.5-132
Under 2.5+115

The Miners are sitting just above the bottom spot of the Bundesliga standings, while the Swabians are fifth with eight points out of their first five contests.

Hereof, the visitors are listed as slight favorites, but the bookies are well aware that this clash can easily go either way.

Team Assessments

The Miners are coming off a tough 3-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund this past Saturday. It was another terrible performance by Schalke, as they took only three shots towards Borussia’s goalie and none of them went on target.

They allowed 17 shots in a return and kept the ball in possession for a paltry 30 percent of the time.

Through the first five rounds of the 2020-21 Bundesliga season, the Miners have conceded a whopping 19 goals while scoring only a couple in a return. Although Schalke has a decent team on paper, counting on some very talented players, the Miners have been a pure disaster on both sides of the ball thus far.

On the other side, Stuttgart earned a 1-1 draw against FC Koln at home in the previous round. That was a slight disappointment, but the Swabians are undefeated in four straight games, recording a couple of wins and draws in the process.

Stuttgart scored against FC Koln in the very first minute. However, the Swabians conceded from the penalty spot just 22 minutes later and finished the game with just nine shots towards the Billy Goats’ goalie.

Interestingly, Stuttgart won all its three road contests this season including a couple of Bundesliga wins over Hertha 2-0 and Mainz 4-1.

The Swabians have some injury problems ahead of Friday’s clash and will miss left-back Borna Sosa and centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos. The Miners are without midfielder Suat Serdar.

Schalke vs. Stuttgart Pick

Schalke is in a very difficult situation, and not only because they’ve lost four of their first five games. The Miners have been playing poorly so far while their confidence is at a pretty low level.

They have to bounce back as soon as possible, so I expect the hosts to attack out of the gate. On the other side, the Swabians have already proved how dangerous they are when playing on the road, so I expect both teams to find the net Friday.

Schalke’s last four home games saw both teams scoring, while the Miners have won six of their last eight matchups with the Swabians along with a couple of draws.

Pick
  • Both Teams to Score YES
    -164

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