Bundesliga Soccer Picks: Dortmund Hammers Schalke in Fierce Revierderby

SBR Staff

Friday, November 6, 2015 2:52 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 2:52 PM UTC

Soccer odds indicate that Schalke is a long way from winning, and Dortmund comes from a winning streak that seems far from stopping. Look inside for a free soccer picks on this fierce clash.

The Revierderby
This clash between German heavyweights Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 should be a lot tighter than the odds would suggest. Bet365 is offering +900 for a Schalke win, which is a crazy price given that they are just two places and six points below their opponents in the league and currently sit in fourth, above the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach. 

The long soccer odds available on Schalke are indicative of their poor form in recent weeks. They were unstoppable in September, winning all five matches that month and surging up the table. But October sent them back down to earth with a bang. They beat Hertha Berlin, but they were thumped 3-0 by Cologne and 3-1 by Monchengladbach, and also crashed out of the cup at the hands of Monchengladbach before drawing 1-1 at home to Ingolstadt. But this is still a very good side that can count on the attacking talents of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Kevin Prince-Boateng, and they will certainly cause Dortmund problems.

And this is not just any game. Neighbouring sides Dortmund and Schalke have a fierce rivalry that has grown exponentially in recent years. The game even has its own name – the Revierderby. Clashes between rival fans and players have seen dogs and even lions brought in to ramp up the tension. This match will feature tens of thousands of Dortmund fans form a vibrating yellow wall in the stands, screaming: Tod und Hass dem S04!” Which translates to “Death and Hate to Schalke”. Violence often abounds. So it is not exactly a cheerful sporting occasion. This means neither set of players can afford to put in anything by 100% effort, and it usually makes for a tense and unpredictable game. Last season Schalke won the first Revierderby 2-1, but then Dortmund got sweet revenge with a 3-0 win in the corresponding fixture. 


Dortmund Bounced Back
Dortmund go into the game as clear favourites, priced at -400 with Bet365, despite finishing below one place Schalke in the league last season. They were uncharacteristically left fighting for their lives in a relegation battle midway through last season, but they rallied one last time for legendary coach Jurgen Klopp and shot up the table to finish a creditable seventh following an astonishing upturn in form. Klopp left after failing to reach the heights set a few years previously, when they toppled the mighty Bayern Munich to win back-to-back titles, but they have continued their good form under Thomas Tuchel’s stewardship. They have won eight, drawn two and lost one to sit in second place, just five points behind the unbeaten and virtually unstoppable Bayern Munich. They go into the Revierderby on the back of three consecutive wins over Hanover 96, FC Krasnodar and Bayer Leverkusen, a run that has seen them score nine and concede three. 

They deserve their status as favourites, but -400 is not an attractive price considering the magnitude of the game and the number of dangerous players within the Schalke ranks. At +900 Schalke might be worth a punt, but they are unlikely to win. Instead, it might be worth looking at a correct score bet. Dortmund are +750 with BetVictor to win 2-0, +800 with William Hill to win 2-1 and +1000 to win 1-0 with Betfair and they all look like good bets. 


The revelation this season for Dortmund has been Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang, who has scored a remarkable 13 goals in 10 games, and it is hard to look past him at +300 for first goalscorer in this game. Marco Reus (+400) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (+400) are also regular scorers, while in the Schalke side have a look at Huntelaar (+900) and Leroy Sane (+1200). You can also get -110 on Aubameyang to score at any time, which looks a good soccer pick, considering he has scored more than a goal per game this season and has the pace and movement to trouble this Schalke defence. 

Free Soccer Pick: Dortmund to win

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