5/27/20 2:30 pm
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Fortuna Dusseldorf is welcoming FC Schalke 04 to Merkur Spiel-Arena in round 28 of German Bundesliga.
Fortuna isn’t a good team and they are not playing in good form. With only 1 win from their last 8 games, Fortuna is in 16th place in the standings with only 24 points from 27 games. Neither their offense, nor the defense has been good this season and that is the main reason why Fortuna is in the relegation zone, well, in the relegation playoffs to be more precise. In their latest match in Bundesliga against Koln on the road, Fortuna has had only 39% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, and low 65% of accurate passes. Despite being the weaker team in this game, Fortuna has had 0-2 lead until the 88th minute. Fortuna has conceded 2 goals in the last five minutes of the game and this match ended in a 2-2 draw. Hennings has scored 11 goals for Fortuna this season, while Thommy added 6 goals and 5 assists. Steffen is the only injured player for Fortuna Dusseldorf. Of all the teams that are in, or close to the relegation zone, Fortuna is the weakest one, except for Paderborn who are in the last place in the standings. It will be tense the rest of the season for Fortuna and every single point will matter in their fight to stay in Bundesliga next season as well.
Schalke is a solid team, but they are in a terrible form. Schalke hasn’t won any of their 8 games, while they won only 1 of their last 10. In their first two games after Bundesliga has started again, Schalke has lost both of those games and has conceded 7 goals, while scoring 0 goals. Schalke is in 8th place in the standings with 37 points, but that was thanks to their start of the season when Schalke was actually playing decent soccer. Serdar has scored 7 times for Schalke this season when Harit added 6 goals. Stambouli, Mascarell, and Harit are on the injury list and will skip this match. In their most recent match in Bundesliga against Augsburg at home, Schalke was the better team with 71% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, and 82% of the correct passes. Just by looking at the stats, it seems like Schalke has won this game easily when it was completely opposite. Nothing was working for Schalke in this match and they lost this match 0-3 against the team who hasn’t beaten anyone in quite a while. Schalke is only 2 points away from the Europa League, and if they end up in that spot, it will be a miracle seeing how bad Schalke is playing at the moment. The next three games that Schalke is playing are against the teams with similar quality, which means that Schalke might finally score a goal in Bundesliga.
Schalke hasn’t won any of their last 8 games, while Fortuna hasn’t won any of their last 5 games. Both teams have been a disaster, but Schalke hasn’t won any of their last 5 away games. I was thinking of siding with Schalke with plus money, but Augsburg is filled with confidence after their win last weekend.