Schalke vs. Union Berlin – Bundesliga, October 18, 2020

By Admir Aljic in Soccer
| October 17, 2020 1:05 am PDT

The ultimate showdown of the Bundesliga Matchday 4 will see Schalke take on Union Berlin at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday, October 18.

This is the great clash to wrap up the round, as Schalke is still without a point, and the Miners will be desperate to get something from it. On the other side, Union Berlin is coming off its first win of the season, so the visitors will be keen to remain on the right path.

Excitements are guaranteed in this one, so here’s my best Schalke vs. Union Berlin betting pick.

Schalke vs. Union Berlin Odds

BET ODDS
BTTS YES -133
BTTS NO +100
Schalke to Win +185
Union Berlin to Win +150
Draw +225
Over 2.5 +100
Under 2.5 -125

The Miners started the season in a horrible fashion, losing all three games with a 1:15 goal difference. They opened as slight +130 home favorites in this one, but the odds have changed over the last few days.

The visitors are slight favorites to beat Schalke at the moment, but keep tracking the situation on some of the best online sportsbooks. There was some early action on Union Berlin, but things can change again. 

Schalke vs. Union Berlin Preview

The opening game of the 2020-21 Bundesliga season was a true nightmare for the Miners’ fans. Their beloved club was humiliated in an 8-0 defeat at Bayern Munich, but many thought it was just a bad day in the office.

The second round brought a 3-1 home loss to Werder Bremen, while Schalke was completely helpless in a 4-0 loss at RB Leipzig last time out. The Miners have already changed their head coach, hoping that Manuel Baum will turn things around.

Schalke is winless in 19 straight outings in all competitions. Including the previous Bundesliga season, the Miners are riding a six-game losing streak.

On the other side, Union Berlin is sitting at the ninth spot of the Bundesliga standings at the moment. The Iron Ones have earned four points with a 6:4 goal difference.

Union Berlin started the season with a tough 3-1 home loss to Augsburg. They earned a surprising 1-1 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach in the second round, while Union’s first win came in Matchday 3.

The Iron Ones dismantled Mainz 4-0 at home, taking 13 shots towards the opponent’s goalie and allowing just five in a return.

Schalke vs. Union Berlin Pick

Thanks to the international contests, the Miners had two weeks to work on their game and prepare for Matchday 4. I think that’s enough time for the new head coach to gel the things slightly, so I expect to see a much better performance by Schalke in this one.

On paper, Schalke is a better team than Union Berlin. However, it’s always tough to break out of the funk, especially when you haven’t won a game in 19 consecutive showings.

On the other hand, I like to go against the betting trends from time to time, and this one seems like a decent chance. The Miners will be fired up to prove their worth in front of a limited number of fans at Veltins Arena.

Last season, Schalke beat Union 2-1 at home, while the second clash in Berlin was finished in a 1-1 draw. Union Berlin won just one of its previous six road games along with four losses and one draw.

Pick
  • Schalke to Win
    +185

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