Second-placed Mönchengladbach visit 5th placed Schalke at the Veltins-Arena as the Bundesliga returns from its winter break. This is set up to be an interesting affair, as both sides are chasing lofty ambitions this season, and a win for either side will propel them closer to their ambitions. The kick off is at 19:30 (UK time) on Friday 17th January 2020.
After flirting with relegation most of last season, Schalke seems to have put its house in order over the summer and currently sits in fifth, thanks to a surprising first half of the season. They finished 14th last season, and now David Wagner, the former Huddersfield Town manager, is working wonders. In fifth spot, they are on the same point with fourth-placed Dortmund, and only three points behind third-placed Bayern Munich, which means Champions League qualification is highly attainable.
In the first half of the season, Schalke won eight of their seventeen matches, drew six and lost only three. This points to a team that is difficult to beat, more so at their home stadium, where they haven’t lost in eight games. In terms of form, Schalke closed 2019 with three wins, two draws and a loss in their last six matches. The Die Knappen didn’t score much, with only 29 goals in their 17 matches; 14 of those goals came from nine home matches. They are fairly solid defensively too, conceding 21 goals in 17 matches; 11 of those goals conceded came from 9 home matches.
David Wagner’s men have been somewhat rocked by the news that their goalkeeper Alexander Nubel will be joining Bayern once the season is over, although he wouldn’t have been eligible for the match due to a suspension. They are also still without one of their main midfielders, Weston McKennie, who is on the sidelines till February.
A few weeks ago, Mönchengladbach was sitting at the top of the Bundesliga table in what has been a very funny season. Die Fohlen and Leipzig currently occupy the second and first position in the Bundesliga respectively, with two points separating second from first. However, Bayern and Dortmund are in hot pursuit and it wouldn’t be surprising if they end up reclaiming the top spots by the end of the season. If Mönchengladbach can at least keep their current form going, it is highly probable that at the very least, they’ll clinch one of the four Champions League spots available.
This season, Die Fohlen have played 17 matches and won 11. They have, however, drawn two and lost four of those matches. Their home form has been impeccable, winning seven of their nine matches. However, Marco Rose’s team have not been able to match their home form when playing away, winning only four of their eight away matches and losing three. In particular, their last six matches of 2019 feature two losses and one draw, which was the reason they were knocked off the top of the table.
Rose’s team have scored 33 goals in 17 matches, with 23 of those goals coming from 9 home matches, an indication that they don’t score much away from home (10 goals in 8 matches). Their defense fares better away from home, with only 7 goals conceded in 8 matches, which sort of points to how the team sets up away from home: to be as tight as possible.
As mentioned above, both teams are not exactly committed to attacking and playing teams off the pitch. Their game is predicated on being hard to beat and making the most of the chances created. This is especially true for Mönchengladbach. As such, this is expected to feature a few goals, and would offer the best value for betting. In fact, the last match between the two sides ended in a goalless draw. You can be at Schalke – Mönchengladbach at Betway. For more information click on our Betway review.
In terms of their head-to-head record, Mönchengladbach have not lost to Schalke in their last six matches, winning two and drawing four. That said, Marco Rose’s team have been poor away from home of late, losing three of their last five away fixtures. This makes leaning towards Schalke a preferable option. Betway offers a 2.60 for a Schalke win. For more betting tips and prediction on the Schalke vs Mönchengladbach match, visit our football betting tips page.
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