Borussia Dortmund – Schalke 04
After two months of pause because of the coronavirus pandemic, German Bundesliga is set to be restarted this week. One of the most exciting clashes from the 26th round will be played at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund where Borussia Dortmund faces Schalke 04.
It’s a tradition to see a lot of action and beautiful goals in the Ruhr derby of the Bundesliga. Of course, after such a long pause in action, these two teams won’t be exactly at one hundred percent on Saturday. But we still have enough reason to expect some great football at the Signal Iduna Park.
Borussia Dortmund have scored the opening goal in their last 8 games at home, but at the same time they have won just one of their last derbies against Schalke 04. Die Borussen must change this way of performance if they want the three points on Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund are still in the title race with Bayern Munich, so they must win at any cost. Right now Lucien Favre’s team is four points behind the champion and current leader, but things could quickly change. It really depends on how these two teams were preparing their players during the COVID-19 quarantine.
At the same time Schalke 04 are 6th in the league with 37 points, being one point ahead of Wolfsburg and Freiburg in the race for Europa League qualification. For the Royal Blues this is clearly an improvement, compared to the disastrious previous season under the manager Domenico Tedesco. What Schalke must change is the way they were performing before the pandemic – they won just one of their last 10 games in all competitions. This is a serious food for thought for the manager David Wagner.
In conclusion we can say that it’s a mystery for us how these two teams will look after the quarantine, but it’s the Ruhr derby, so we expect a lot of action between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04. That’s for sure.