Bundesliga: Revierderby Preview
Sportsbet.io gives you an insight into the upcoming intense clash between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke this weekend as the two warring clubs are set to headline the Bundesliga’s return after a long pause due to the global pandemic since March.
The Revierderby is considered as one of the most anticipated matches in the Bundesliga ever since it was first held. It featured the high-powered youngsters of Borussia Dortmund and the fast-moving attackers of Schalke that are fighting for a shot at the top spot.
Although Bayern Munich remains safe at the top with 55 points, Dortmund hasn’t been far away especially after they’ve closed their last four matches with a win to claim 51 points for a 15-6-4 record before the season pause.
Schalke isn’t far behind though. The club still has a chance to come up with a shot to the top as they are sitting at the sixth spot with 37 points. They still want to move up as the rest of the clubs below them are just behind by a couple of points. They have not won in their last five games.
The match would usually see a set of 80,000 fans at the Signal Iduna Park, but Dortmund will have to play without their support this time. Erling Braut Haaland is itching to come up with his scoring antics as he is prepared to take on Schalke. He’s been on fire since making his debut last January.
Dortmund proudly boasts one of the best attacking lineups this season, and it is very easy for anyone to say that this could be a winning game for Dortmund. However, the team is still missing a number of key players such as Marco Reus, Axel Witsel and Emre Can.
This gives Schalke a lot of chances in the game. David Wagner’s troops could deliver another shocker just like the time when they came up with a surprise attack on Borussia Monchengladbach, winning it 2-0 last January when no one expected them to win.
Weston McKennie will have to play better this time, and he has Benjamin Stambouli and Salif Sane on the defensive side, which gives him a lot of breathing room this time.
We will have to wait to see how the Revierderby fares for both clubs.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores