Bundesliga Accumulator: Resurgent Schalke romp towards Revierderby
A huge weekend awaits us in the Bundesliga, with the Revierderby the undoubted headline — but the chasing pack in and around the Champions League spots have winnable fixtures too.
Last time out we were looking good initially, but ended with a 50% success rate from our four predictions and a shock defeat for Eintracht Frankfurt went particularly awry. It’s another game week though and a chance to improve our hit rate!
Bayern Munich vs. Nurnberg
Saturday, 8 December, 14:30
Niko Kovac is still searching for consistency from his team and, despite a win last weekend, his team are nine points off the top as we head towards the halfway stage of the season.
Many fans have already lost hope and without much-improved home form, confidence in the boss simply won’t increase: Bayern have won just two from six at the Allianz Arena this season and have conceded goals at an alarming rate compared to recent seasons.
That has to change this weekend with Nurnberg battling relegation and having conceded 14 goals in their last six games.
Nothing but a big Bayern win is expected and, unlike when the Bavarians faced Fortuna Dusseldorf two weeks ago, they must not let a convincing lead slip this time. That previously iron-clad mentality must come to the fore.
Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Dortmund
Saturday, 8 December, 14:30
The Revierderby is usually contested two teams scrapping for a top-four spot. This year it’s Schalke trying to scramble back into the reckoning after a terrible start and Dortmund hoping to take another big step towards regaining the Bundesliga title.
BVB are the last remaining unbeaten team in the league and they’ll be desperate to preserve that record in this match especially, not just for their own ambitions but to keep their rivals downtrodden and desperate.
Schalke’s recent revival has seen them lose just once in five games, but those wins only came against 17th- and 15th-placed teams in that mini-run. This is a different test entirely and their defensive work this term certainly doesn’t inspire confidence of keeping out Jadon Sancho and Co.
That said, a derby is always the type of match that can turn on a single chance or decision, and S04 will be all-out to prove themselves to the fans who have stuck by them this term. They will fashion chances, even if a win is beyond them.
Hertha Berlin vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Saturday, December 8, 17:30
After a difficult recent spell, Hertha bounced back with an away win last weekend at Hannover, but if they’re serious about having European ambitions this season, they need to be taking a positive result against direct rivals at home.
Eintracht Frankfurt have been a great team to watch this season and a surprise defeat last time out doesn’t change that; on the road they’ve been especially impressive winning or drawing five of their seven away games and they’ve a great chance of continuing that this weekend.
The match is extremely close to call. Hertha are very strong at home, however, Frankfurt never find it hard to score away from home. Eintracht have the third-highest away goals tally in the Bundesliga and average almost two gols per 90 minutes. Add in Hertha’s recent stumbling form, their habit of conceding at more than one per game and that’s where we’ll look to find value.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. VfB Stuttgart
Sunday, 9 December, 17:00
Our final pick comes from Sunday’s pair of matches, with Borussia Monchengladbach still in second despite losing to Champions League spot rivals RB Leipzig last week. That was one we predicted BMG would struggle in; this time it’s the opposite and an outright win should be the only target in mind.
Gladbach have six wins from six games at home this season, score at will and are stingy at the other end too having conceded just three times. Stuttgart, meanwhile, have managed a single victory on the road all year.
The form guide and the table are both indicators of how the match should pan out, but so too are the attacking talents on either team. Gladbach trio Thorgan Hazard, Lars Stindl and Alassane Plea have 18 league goals between them, while Stuttgart’s top scorer is Mario Gomez on just three.
A non-contest, unless ‘Gladbach implode.
Recommended Bundesliga Accumulator
Back Bayern & Over 2.5 Goals @ 3/10
Back Both Teams to Score in Schalke vs. Dortmund @ 8/15
Back Eintracht Over 1.5 Goals @ 11/10
Back Gladbach @ 1/2
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