Second-placed Schalke welcome Gladbach in the 32nd round Bundesliga fixture this Saturday at VELTINS Arena. The crunching contest is scheduled to start at 2:30 pm GMT.
The home side are on a back foot at the moment with a nervy last week. After storming out of the DFB Pokal semifinal by the virtue of 1-0 loss against Frankfurt, Schalke were held to a 2-2 draw by bottom-placed Koln in their last weekend’s Bundesliga outing. Despite taking the early two-goal lead inside first 25 minutes, Schalke went on to concede disappointing goals which ended their night in despair.
Domenico Tedesco’s men are currently holding a two-point lead in the second spot against 3rd placed Borussia Dortmund. Schalke have managed 56 points in 31 league outings so far courtesy of 16 wins and 7 defeats. With the season coming to its end, the hosts would want to grab maximum points from the remaining fixtures to strengthen their league position.
On the other hand, Gladbach are eyeing at least a Europa League qualification spot as they trail 6th placed Leipzig by 4 points. The visitors are currently residing at 8th position in the league table with 43 points from 31 matches. Gladbach have a season tally of 12 wins and the same number of defeats so far.
After suffering a 5-1 hammering blow at the hands of league leaders two weeks back, Gladbach managed to topple Wolfsburg in their last weekend’s home outing. Dieter Hecking’s men performed valiantly against the resilient Wolfsburg side to bag valuable three points in the league season. Following the morale-boosting league win, the visitors will look confident ahead of the vital clash against a tough opponent.
The home side will come out the middle in absence of striker Breel Embolo, who sustained the late thigh injury.
Similarly, defensive duo of Matija Nastasic and Baba Rahman will miss the home clash following a cruciate ligament injury.
The visitors have a long list of absentees ahead of the away clash. Midfielder Patrick Herrmann is sidelined for the game due to the mid-April’s ankle injury.
Meanwhile, striker Raul Bobadilla (hamstring injury) and midfielder Fabian Johnson (back injury) are set to miss Saturday’s encounter.
However, the return of defender Mamadou Doucoure from long-sustained thigh injury boosts the chances of visiting side.
Schalke vs Gladbach Prediction
The reverse fixture between these two sides ended in a fighting 1-1 draw. However, comparatively, Gladbach look a bit more in form than the hosts which makes them slight favorite ahead of Saturday’s clash.
Our Prediction: Schalke 1- 2 Gladbach
Schalke vs Gladbach Betting Tips
For the football fans who are thinking about betting on Schalke vs Gladbach the chances of earning is high if you place the bet on Schalke. In bet365, the odd for Schalke winning the game is 10/11, and for Gladbach, it is 3/1. Meanwhile, if you wish to bet on a draw, the odd is 5/2.
Meanwhile, if you are willing to place a bet on a single player to score, then you can go for Schalke’s Yevheniy Konoplyanka. The talented striker is coming into this game with a weekend’s goal against Koln.