Friday's Bet of the Day: Backing Huntelaar to spoil Dusseldorf's immaculate defensive record

The newly promoted hosts are yet to concede a single goal in five Bundesliga matches, but Al Hain-Cole expects Huntelaar & Co. to eventually break their resolve this evening
Fortuna Dusseldorf fans have a lot to be happy about at the moment, with their side unbeaten in five games on their return to the top-flight and sitting fifth in the Bundesliga table.

However, they have been unable to show their support for the club after being locked out of the Esprit Arena, thanks to a ban incurred for the pitch invasion that took place during last season‘s promotion clincher versus Hertha Berlin.

That ban comes to an end just in time for tonight’s Westphalian derby match against Schalke, which should see a sell-out 55,000 capacity crowd.

The hosts are unfancied at 3/1 (4.00) with Bet365 to mark the occasion with a win against their more illustrious neighbours.

Schalke have also enjoyed an encouraging start to the season, and are 10/11 (1.91) favourites to pick up all three points this evening.

Dusseldorf have drawn their opening two home games this campaign, and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on another stalemate taking place in this match.

Norbert Meier’s men are enjoying their first Bundesliga season in 15 years, and have caught the eye due to their impenetrable defence.

Fortuna are the only side yet to concede a single goal this season, but face their biggest test yet against Schalke’s dangerous frontline.

Although the likes of Huntelaar, Farfan and Afellay are more than capable of ending Dusseldorf’s unblemished record, they will have to work hard and be patient to do so.

With the game sure to be tight until the end, backing a goal to go in after the 72nd minute makes perfect sense, and is available at odds of 5/6 (1.83).

This bet would have paid out in four of Schalke’s five games this season.

If the deadlock is to be broken, then the man most likely is surely Schalke’s goal machine Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

The Dutchman scored 29 goals in 32 league games last season, and already has two to his name this campaign.

First goalscorer odds of 11/4 (3.75) seem generous for a man with his record, and are well worth a punt today.

Goal after the 72nd minute at 5/6 (1.83) with Bet365
Huntelaar to score first at 11/4 (3.75) with Bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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