Preview - Schalke vs Borussia Dortmund 15 April 2018

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Match Day 30
Schalke vs Borussia Dortmund
Sunday, April 15th, 2018
22:30 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Arena AufSchalke

Last five matches form: W W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.55
Average goals against per match: 1.14
Top Scorer: Guido Burgstaller (10)

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form: W D W L W
Average goals per match: 1.97
Average goals against per match: 1.34
Top Scorer: Maximilian Philipp and Michy Batshuayi (7)

A big clash at the top of the table in week 30 in the Bundesliga as second placed Schalke host third placed Borussia Dortmund. Bayern Munich were away and gone in the race for the title a while ago, but have now officially been crowned as Champions. These two do still have to make sure of Champions League football though. Six and five points clear of fifth placed Eintracht Frankfurt respectively, they are both favourites to qualify, but the work isn't done just yet.

No real injury concerns for Schalke but they will be without the suspended Matija Nastasic. Breel Embolo may be ready to make his return up front.

Dortmund's injuries are mainly to squad players and they are expected to be just about at full strength for this.

Plenty on the line for these two sides, with a little additional fire added into the mix by the fact that this is a derby game.

Borussia have only lost one of their past seven away outings in the Bundesliga, but it was a big one, suffering a 6-0 hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich in their last away outing. They will be hoping for better here.

Schalke meanwhile have only lost one of their past eleven at home, and will be keen to get back to winning ways following last weeks disappointing loss at Hamburg.

Overall this looks evenly matched and we suspect it may well end up a draw.

Prediction: Schalke 2 - 2 Borussia Dortmund


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots: 12 - 12
Shots on target: 3 - 5
Corner Kicks: 4 - 6
Possession: 41% - 59%

Just the one booking for either side here. Manuel Graefe showing the yellow card to Schalke's Guido Burgstaller and Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek.

Looking at the stats for this match Borussia Dortmund appear to have been a little unlucky to come out on the wrong side of the result having bossed possession and led the shots on target count. If you don't take your chances at this level though you are liable to be punished and that's what happened here.

A fairly uneventful opening period saw the two sides largely cancel each other out. Borussia having marginally the better of the play and registering two of only three shots on target in the half. They couldn't make this slight advantage count though and it was goalless at the break.

Things picked up in the second half as Schalke began to assert their will on the game.

The home side took the lead in the 50th minute. Hitting Dortmund on the break, Daniel Caligiuri played in Yevheniy Konoplyanka. Konoplyanka taking his time to pick his spot before blasting into the bottom left corner from the edge of the area.

Schalke's second took a while in coming but did arrive in the 83rd minute. A free kick around 30 yards from goal being teed up for Naldo to unleash a swerving Exocet missile into the bottom left corner. 2-0 final score.

Schalke cement their position in second, four points clear of third placed Bayer Leverkusen in what has been a fine season.

Borussia Dortmund drop down to third courtesy of Leverkusen's thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt yesterday. The final Champions League position remains in their grasp, but with just four points back to Leipzig, they can't afford too many more slip ups.

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