With 9 teams separated by just 2 points, Bundesliga has been very competitive this season. The rivals of the Ruhr region will face each other at Gelsenkirchen separated by just one point.
The hosts just lost once at home against Bayern Munich, and have only one clean sheet in 4 matches so far at Veltins Arena. Schalke won 3 of their last 5 Bundesliga matches but are winless in the last 2, so the derby will be their opportunity to get a victory again in front of their fans. The hosts are without Bentaleb and both McKennie and Serdar are in doubt for Saturday's match. Last time the two teams met at Veltins Arena, Dortmund managed to get a 2-1 win with goals from Delaney and Jadon Sancho.
Nubel; Kenny, Stambouli, Sane, Oczipka; Mascarell, Serdar, Harit, Caligiuri; Burgstaller, Uth
Along with RB Leipzig, Dortmund has been the major candidate to end Bayern Munich's hegemony in the Bundesliga. Dortmund just lost one game in the competition so far, an away match against Union Berlin, showing that their difficulties are away from Signal Iduna Park. With just 1 win in 4 matches, the visitors will try to knock-out their biggest German rivals in their home turf. Dortmund averages 2 goals conceded away in the competition and come from a Champions League 2-0 against Inter. Reus was out against Inter due to a flu but is expected to play at Gelsenkirchen.
Burki; Hakimi, Akanji, Hummels, Schulz; Witsel, Delaney, Sancho, Hazard, Brandt; Reus
Dortmund have lots of firepower and with Reus back in the lineup, the team should get at least a goal at Gelsenkirchen. Also have difficulties defensively, with no clean sheets yet in the competition.
Look for both teams to score @ 1.58!
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