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The Schalke Dortmund Prediction

As the mining industry left the coal-rich Ruhr valley in the 1960s, the cities of Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen felt the pressures of rising unemployment and financial hardship. Everyday struggles led to a greater reliance on their clubs, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04, for identity, belonging, and joy. Two of Germany’s most storied clubs, they despise each other so much that each team’s supporters won’t even utter their rival’s name aloud.

In 1969, the rivalry really kicked off, as police had to literally unleash the hounds in order to chase a mob of fans off the pitch after a 37th minute goal. Yes, you read that right: 37 minutes. Imagine the atmosphere, the tension, the stakes, that could have triggered a flood of beer-soaked Schalke supporters to storm the pitch with over an hour left to play. The episode left an indelible mark of hatred on the two rivals’ relationship (and literally left bite marks on the legs of two Schalke players, courtesy of the police dogs).
Were you a betting man (and, if you’re reading this, you must be), you would probably wager that encounter was the most bizarre Schalke-Dortmund match of all-time. And, hey, you might be right.

Enter 2020, the Year of the Ghost Match!
Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park will be unrecognizable this Saturday. Lacking their average attendance of 81,000 fans, the Black and Yellow may find it difficult to amp themselves up, but will need to capitalize in order to stay in the title hunt. Meanwhile, Schalke will cherish a quiet opposition stadium and should seize their opportunity to stay in the hunt for a Europa League place next season. If you looking for Bundesliga predictions for the rest of the year or even further, Bundesliga picks make sure to check out BetQL

The match should be high-paced throughout, as both clubs are among the league leaders in total sprints. If you need helping picking a Bundesliga team check out this article and who knows maybe Dortmund or Schalke is right for you. Dortmund should have opportunities to exploit the flanks, as Schalke prefer to play a narrow attacking style. Dortmund manager Lucien Favre will hope his youthful attacking unit of Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho, Thorgan Hazard, and Julian Brandt can strike early and often.

Schalke fans have taken a liking to new loan signing Jean Clair Todibo from FC Barcelona, voting him the club’s player of the month in February. His addition to the back line has provided a boost, and combined with the defensive tenacity of midfielders Omar Mascarell and Weston McKinnie, Schalke should hold a stout defense in the face of Dortmund’s prolific attack. But the big question for Schalke remains, where will the goals come from? Lacking a clinical striker, the Royal Blues have been forced to rely on goals from midfield. But against a stacked midfield like Dortmund’s, Schalke’s midfielders may be too burdened with defensive duties to provide attacking support.
Saturday’s match carries weight not only in the hearts of fans, but on the league table, as well. On paper, Borussia is a cut above Schalke, but a match has never been decided on paper! Dortmund stars Marco Reus and Axel Witsel are both doubtful due to injury, so this is an opportune moment for Schalke to get back to winning ways and build momentum for the rest of the season.

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