Schalke host Hertha Berlin today and look to temporarily overtake Dortmund for second place in the table while keeping Leverkusen at bay for a guaranteed Champions League spot.
The Royal Blues currently sit in the third and have lost only once in their last 12 games dating back to mid December. That loss was against Bayern Munich, who continue to put on the most dominant performance in Bundesliga history.
The hosts have the second best home record in the league with a 9-2-2 mark at the Veltins-Arena where they haven't lost in league play since October.
They defeated Berlin on the road by a 2-0 score and I expect that result to repeat here. William Hill has Schalke pegged for the outright win at 1.83 and a respectable 2.87 for the double result.
A draw is offered at 3.60.
The visitors lost earlier this week to a title clinching Bayern three days ago which extended their winless run to five games and saw them drop to ninth in the table. They have only scored twice in those games and have allowed three goals in three straight games. They are listed right now at 4.20 to win in the 1x2 market.
A -1 Schalke handicap is at 3.10 which is very appealing. That resulted has struck Berlin in their previous trio of games while Schalke have won by at least two goals in three of their last four home games.
In the correct goal scorer sector consider Dutch striker Klass Jan Huntelaar at 1.73 to score in the game. He leads the team in scoring with 10 strikes this season and has six goals in his last four games. He has scored at least a pair in two of those matches and to hit that again at home can be had at 4.00.