Schalke - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Hosts hoping to continue derby dominance
The Gelsenkirchen outfit did the double over their bitter rivals last term and will be looking to bounce back from their midweek defeat to Chelsea in Saturday's clash
By Nicholas McGee
|Bet:||Returns:||Borussia Dortmund £14.40||Draw £45.00||Bayer Leverkusen £65.00|
|Bet:||Returns:||Borussia Dortmund £15.30||Draw £42.00||Bayer Leverkusen £55.00|
|Bet:||Returns:||Borussia Dortmund £15.00||Draw £43.30||Bayer Leverkusen £60.00|
|Bet:||Returns:||Borussia Dortmund £15.70||Draw £38.00||Bayer Leverkusen £60.00|
|Bet:||Returns:||Borussia Dortmund £15.50||Draw £40.00||Bayer Leverkusen £55.00|
Jens Keller's men welcome BVB to the Veltins Arena knowing victory could see them move into the top four as they look to recover from a difficult start to the campaign.
And the hosts should take confidence from their performances last season, when they took maximum points from both their encounters with Jurgen Klopp's side.
However, Schalke were beaten 3-0 by Chelsea in the Champions League in midweek and go into the game with a number of injury concerns.
Attacking midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng (knee) is a doubt, while striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and midfielder Marco Hoger (both knee) are unavailable, along with winger Jefferson Farfan (groin).
Dortmund are in superb form going into the contest, having lost just two of their last 14 games in all competitions.
Klopp is eager to atone for last season's defeats to Schalke, which he said hurt more than losing out to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and the Champions League.
"When you sign a contract at Borussia Dortmund, the first thing you learn is that there are 32 Bundesliga games and two derbies," he said.
"The results last year hurt me the most. If we had played better, the results would have been better. Those defeats are the dark clouds over our last campaign, which, even without a title, was still pretty good otherwise."
Dortmund - who beat Arsenal 2-1 in the Champions League in midweek - will be boosted by the potential return of midfielder Sebastian Kehl, who is close to a return from a foot injury, but Ilkay Gundogan (back) and defender Lukas Piszczek (hip) are still out.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Schalke 04 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
- 18.87 %
FC Schalke 04 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 14.68 %
FC Schalke 04 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 9.57 %
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||26 Oct 2013||FC Schalke 04 1 - Borussia Dortmund 3|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||9 Mar 2013||FC Schalke 04 2 - Borussia Dortmund 1|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||20 Oct 2012||Borussia Dortmund 1 - FC Schalke 04 2|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||14 Apr 2012||FC Schalke 04 1 - Borussia Dortmund 2|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||26 Nov 2011||Borussia Dortmund 2 - FC Schalke 04 0|
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|3 Dec 2013||FC Schalke 04 1 - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3||GERC|
|30 Nov 2013||FC Schalke 04 3 - VfB Stuttgart 0||BUN|
|26 Nov 2013||Steaua Bucureşti 0 - FC Schalke 04 0||UCL|
|23 Nov 2013||Eintracht Frankfurt 3 - FC Schalke 04 3||BUN|
|9 Nov 2013||FC Schalke 04 3 - Werder Bremen 1||BUN|
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