Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund 10/26/2013 Free Bundesliga Soccer Pick and Preview
Schalke 04 (4-2-3) Borussia Dortmund (7-1-1)
Saturday 26th October 2013 (14:00GMT)
The Line: Schalke 04 3/1 Draw 13/5 Borussia Dortmund 5/6 See the Latest Odds
TV: Gol Tv; Sky Bundesliga
After a terrible performance midweek against Chelsea in the Champions League Schalke will look to bounce back immediately in the Bundesliga but unfortunately for Schalke they face an inform Borussia Dortmund who are coming in off an confidence boosting win away to Arsenal. Schalke are really missing their star striker Huntelaar who is sidelined with a knee injury until the new year, in recent week Kevin Prince Boateng has been played through the center as hugnarian striker Szalai is struggling for goals and form. Manager Keller is trying to get the balance right using Julian Draxler, Far Fan and Boateng in an attacking midfield sense but the mix has been a little off of late and this game represents a big challenge for Schalke as they come up against one of the best teams in Europe.
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp will have been very impressed with the way his side played in Arsenal on Tuesday, Robert Lewandowski pounced late to net a deserved winner and moved Dortmund back to the top of the Champions League group. With such a talented bunch of player Reus, Lewandowski, Blaszcykowski, Bender, Hummels its not surprising that Borussia Dortmund have again emerged as the nearest rivals to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Tuesday win at Premier League leading Arsenal also cemented the German sides credentials in the Champions League just in case anyone was wondering how last year's beaten finalists would cope with the loss of Mario Goetze to Bayern Munich in the summer, it hasnt cost them a second thought.
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One of the value games of the weekend, Borussia Dortmund are simply the better team and Schalke have lost two fo the their last three home games against Bayern and Chelsea. The simple thing here is Dortmund are just the better side and at 5/6 to win the game this one stands out as one of the best bets of the weekend. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo