Preview - Borusia Dortmund vs Schalke 04 27 April 19

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Match Day 31
Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke 04
Saturday, April 27th 2019
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Westfalensadion

Borussia Dortmund: 
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 2.40
Average goals against per match: 1.20
Top Scorer: Paco Alcácer (17)

Schalke 04:
Last five matches form: L W L D L
Average goals per match: 1.07
Average goals against per match: 1.73
Top Scorer: Daniel Caligiuri (5)

Given the form league leaders Bayern Munich are in, Borussia Dortmund will most likely need to win all of their remaining fixtures if they are to have any chance of claiming the title this season. They are only one point behind the defending champions though and will be looking to at least keep up the heat on Bayern with a win in this one, as Schalke pay a visit to the Westfalenstadion.

Schalke's thoughts are focussed on the opposite end of the table. Six points clear of third bottom Stuttgart, they likely will be ok now, but things may yet get a little hairy in the closing weeks.

The two sides played out a thriller in the game here last season which ended I a 4-4 draw. Borussia picked up the points with a 2-1 success in the reverse fixture in the current campaign. 

Achraf Hakimi and Lukasz Piszczek are out for the home side. Nabil Bentaleb, Alessandro Shöpf, Yevhen Konoplyanka and Mark Uth all miss out for Schalke

It's been pretty impressive stuff from Borussia at home this season, with thirteen wins and two draws from their 15 fixtures to date, scoring two or more goals in every single game.

Schalke have at least avoided defeat in eight of 15 away from home, including in each of their last two at Hannover and Nürnberg.

Borussia are a much better side, need this more and have been just about impeccable at home. Schalke don't look to have enough to stop them

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3 - 1 Schalke 04


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 2 - 4
Shots:  11 - 12
Shots on target: 8 - 8
Corner Kicks: 2 - 4
Possession: 70% - 30%

Just the two cards for Borussia Dortmund, but unfortunately they were both red on what was a disastrous afternoon for the home side. Marco Reus on the hour mark and Marius Wolf five minutes later the men to receive their marching orders. Schalke kept referee Felix Zwayer busy too, with Daniel Caligiuri, Suat Serdar, Breel Embolo, Weston McKennie, Omar Mascarell and Sebastian Rudy all being booked.

It all started well enough for Dortmund too, with the home side taking the lead in the 14th minute. A delightful dinked ball into the area from Jadon Sancho around twenty yards out to the right. Mario Gotze the man racing in to head into the top right from around seven yards in a central area.

The lead lasted all of four minutes. A handball in the area by Julian Weigl spotted after consultation with VAR seeing Schalke awarded a penalty kick. No mistake from Daniel Caligiuri who found the bottom right.

Ten minutes later the away side were in front. Salif Sane getting on the end of a corner from the right to plant a solid header into the bottom left from around eight yards in a central area. 1-2 at the break.

Still trailing at the hour mark, the red mist began to descend for the home side. A raking challenge from behind was never likely to end well for Reus, and off he went.

From the resultant free kick around twenty-five yards out to the left Caligiuri curled a beauty into the top left corner.

Just three minutes later the Dortmund combustion continued. Another ridiculous challenge from behind. Marius Wolf this time. Same result as Reus. Red card.

Incredibly it was the nine men of Dortmund who were next on the scoresheet in the 84th minute. A cross to beyond the far post from the right-hand side being nodded back across goal by Jacob Bruun Larsen and Axel Witsel finishing with a side-foot volley from around four yards out to the left hand side.

Any hopes of a comeback were extinguished just two minutes later. Breel Embolo teed up on the edge of the area to the left and powering an excellent low strike into the bottom right. 2-4 final score.

This result looked like being the absolute hammer blow to Dortmund's title chances at the time, but with Bayern Munich amazingly being held to a draw in Nürnberg, perhaps they aren't dead quite yet. Two points behind the defending champions with only three games remaining, they do still need help though.

A massive three points for Schalke who stay fourth bottom but now move six points clear of the relegation zone.

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