With German football making its much-welcomed return behind closed doors this weekend, Borussia Dortmund will be hoping to resume where they left off as they host bitter rivals Schalke on Saturday afternoon.
While BVB may have seen their Champions League dreams come to an end away in Paris back in March, Lucien Farve’s side have won their last four Bundesliga appearances on the bounce and still have their sights firmly set on mounting a title charge this year.
On the flip side, while the mood around Signal-Iduna-Park might be at a high, Dortmund’s cross-town rivals are simply desperate to end what has been a miserable rut.
Watching their European ambitions take a major dent, the Blues have now failed to win any of their last 10 matchups across all competitions within 90 minutes and have continued to show some glaring issues in the final third.
Although Dortmund might open Saturday’s derby as a clear favourite with the bookmakers, the German giants have remarkably managed to land just a sole victory over their rivals in their previous eight attempts. With five of those contests ending in a stalemate, you might be interested to know that a similar draw this weekend can be found at 10/3 with Coral.
Haland to steal the show?
While a 2-0 defeat away at PSG may have seen Dortmund come crashing out of Europe, Lucien Farve’s men have now managed to win their last four Bundesliga matchups on the bounce and open the weekend sat just four points adrift of the defending champions.
Along with confirming that they expect the much sort-after Jadon Sancho to extend his stay in rural Germany past the summer, Farve’s side have cemented their spot as one of their most exciting young squads across all of Europe.
One new arrival who has continued to make an immediate impact following a January switch from Red Bull Salzburg has been striking sensation, Erling Haland.
Setting the Bundesliga alight and expected to lead the line in his first derby fixture, the 19-year-old has bagged 12 goals in his 11 appearances for Dortmund and will be looking to extend that tally this weekend.
You might be interested to know that Haland can be found priced at 3/5 with Bet365 to find the net on Saturday afternoon.
Schalke’s attacking issues
Although a bright start to life under former Huddersfield boss David Wagner may have had Schalke dreaming of landing another European finish, the Blues are in the midst of a real crisis.
Despite managing to land a 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim before the unexpected break, Saturday’s guests have failed to win any of their last seven Bundesliga matchups on the bounce, a run that stems back to the middle of January.
Desperate to refind a similar level they set last year, there is no doubt that Wagner will be calling on his side to make some much-needed improvements in the final third.
Recording just a single goal in their last five appearances across all formats, Schalke have also managed to land just a single strike in over 400 minutes of action.
Enduring their worst attacking rut since opening the 2019/2020 campaign, the Blues can be found pencilled in at 11/8 with Paddy Power to draw another blank on the road this weekend.