Two squads trending in the opposite direction will square off in the early morning slate of Saturday’s Bundesliga action as Schalke hosts Werder Bremen.
Both groups are in dire need of points right now, and a cold run coming out of the resumption period has not helped confidence within either side.
For Schalke, it’s been a continuation of poor form heading into the pandemic pause. It has manager David Wagner firmly entrenched on the hot seat, and with a winless streak now up to 10 matches, many will think Schalke need points against lowly Werder Bremen.
But Schalke aren’t quite in the dire position Werder Bremen are. The once proud group are definitely flirting with relegation this season, and this squad needs all the points it can get right now. They’re also in miserable form, only obtaining one win from their past eight contests. This is a big opportunity for them to add to their point totals, and drag themselves from the drop zone – but a hungry Schalke side awaits.
Even though neither squad is all that great, the desperation and deep desire for points should make Saturday’s showdown one of the more intriguing battles of Matchday 29. Bremen will surely push for the win, while David Wagner needs to find a way to get something out of his lacklustre Royal Blue side. Keep reading beneath the odds for more analysis, and an official betting prediction for Werder Bremen vs. Schalke.
Schalke vs. Werder Bremen Betting Odds:
Werder Bremen (+177)
Schalke PK (-127)
Werder Bremen PK (+107)
Over 2.5 (+102)
Under 2.5 (-122)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Schalke vs. Werder Bremen Pick:
One thing that certainly has not helped David Wagner’s Schalke side in recent weeks has been the vast amount of roster turnover. Injuries and rotation haven’t allowed the group to obtain much familiarity, and that’s still unlikely to come to fruition against Werder Bremen.
Expect the Royal Blues to again go with a rotating cast of back-three personnel within their defense. Ozan Kabak has returned to the side, but you have to wonder about his fitness after a long time away from the sport.
Up front, Amine Harit is out injured – which will really cut into Schalke’s offensive punch and creativity. They were already one of the lowest scoring sides, and as a result they should have trouble breaking down a progressively stingy Werder Bremen group.
On the other side of the ball, Werder Bremen have been doing a lot better of late – perhaps realizing the future of their organization in the top flight is on the line. Their central midfielders will play a key role and should win their matchup against their adversaries in Schalke’s midfield. Look for Maximilian Eggestein and Davy Klassen to continue with their excellent work rate and pressing tendencies to keep the ball from Schalke, allowing them little room to operate.
Up top for Bremen, look for speed and creative wide play to make Schalke work when they don’t possess the ball. Leonardo Bittencourt is coming off a stellar game, and should be counted on to generate offensive chances for Florian Kohfeldt’s side.
Expect a tight match, with neither team taking too many chances. Schalke aren’t keen on getting embarrassed again, while Bremen could be happy to leave with a point. In the end, the best wager for this contest lies in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market, with my money firmly on Werder Bremen. They can’t lose this match, and with their form – they really shouldn’t. Expect a narrow win, but with the security that if it does end in a draw, your stake gets refunded. Enjoy the match!
Prediction: Werder Bremen 1-0