Finally, after a nearly two-month layoff, live team sports in a huge league return Saturday morning! And while it is just the German Bundesliga, it remains one of the top soccer leagues on the planet, featuring exciting teams and plenty of young talent. It is a league known for its scoring, and currently the Bundesliga averages the most goals out of any major European soccer league.
North American sports providers have also been quick to react, offering up regular viewings on every matchday across a variety of channels. Check your local listings folks, because live sports is back!
We’ll begin Matchday 26 with a thriller of a showdown between 2nd-place Borussia Dortmund and 6th-place Schalke 04. This is easily the most intense rivalry among German football clubs, and the famed ‘Revierderby’ will surely get casual soccer fans fired up to take in a new sporting league.
Dortmund are a squad littered with unbelievable young talent. Up front, Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho are already two of the best players in the Bundesliga – and provide Dortmund with scoring threats whenever they possess the ball. The squad sits just four points behind Bayern Munich entering Saturday, and know they cannot concede any more points against lesser opponents.
Their rivals of Schalke are only separated by 25 miles, though the gulf in the standings has grown to be quite large. Schalke are a distant 6th-place, struggling at times with defense, especially before the season was suspended. Still though, Schalke remain a proud club that is battle-tested, and hungry to contend for a coveted Europa League spot. In order to do that, they’ll need some surprise results and to hold off all competitors for that top-6 position.
With everything on the line, it’s crazy that these players will be thrusted into such an intense situation in a game that already means so much. Dortmund are seeking to bring an end to Bayern Munich’s 7-year title run, while Schalke would love to spoil the party for their youthful neighbours.
The Bundesliga is an exciting league, and one that should provide casual sports observers plenty of excitement over the new few matchdays. As always, read on beneath the posted odds for a full game preview, tactical analysis, and an official betting selection for what promises to be another great chapter in ‘Revierderby’ history. Enjoy!
Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke 04 Betting Odds:
Borussia Dortmund (-192)
Schalke 04 (+460)
Borussia Dortmund -1 (-119)
Schalke 04 +1 (-101)
Over 3 (+117)
Under 3 (-137)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke 04 Pick:
It feels good to be breaking down live team sports again, doesn’t it? This match will definitely be a treat to take in, and is a perfect selection to resume the Bundesliga after a two-month layoff. With all that is on the line, expect a tightly contested game, but ultimately one in which Dortmund’s youth and energy should shine in.
With the eyes of the sporting world surely on this match, some are dubbing it the ‘Pandemic Super Bowl’ and that has to fire up the likes of Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland of Dortmund. That powerful duo has spearheaded the BVB attack all season long, and though they won’t have a passionate home crowd at their backs, Lucien Favre’s side have shown immense potential when they’re in form. Look for the youth of Dortmund to relish the opportunity to put on a show Saturday afternoon.
In terms of team news, Dortmund is likely two be without key cogs in the centre of their midfield – Axel Witsel and Emre Can, but the club boasts excellent depth and should be able to manage their absences. Expect Thomas Delaney and Julian Brandt to be able to fill in admirably for Dortmund.
Meanwhile for Schalke, a huge emphasis has to be placed in this match on their defensive personnel and adjustments they’ll make tactically to slow down Haaland, Sancho, and the lethal Dortmund attack. Before the pause they were a side really struggling, having failed to win in their past six matches. They were having troubles on both ends of the pitch, and it’s not going to get any easier against their energetic rivals.
And while Schalke has historically controlled this heated rivalry, in recent years the tide has started to shift. Dortmund’s development has been awesome, and their production of exciting young talents has allowed them to surpass many in the Bundesliga. With extra focus and eyes on this week’s fixtures, expect the young talent of Borussia Dortmund to step-up and take control.
Dortmund possesses far too much attacking flair and creativity up front, and that will surely overwhelm a depleted Schalke back-line. Dortmund’s average squad age is also much younger, and you have to believe that ‘fresher legs’ will pay dividends after a lengthy layoff – especially considering their wealth of speed.
Dortmund are undefeated this year at home, and even though the fans won’t be in the stands – this is a squad primed to track down Bayern Munich, and a statement victory over their hated rivals gets them closer.
Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3-1