Bundesliga Soccer Picks: Schalke vs. Monchengladbach

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 5:17 PM GMT

Two of the top six teams in the Bundesliga will face off this Sunday, with Schalke checking in as the soccer betting favorites at home. Which team should we put our trust in with our soccer picks for the weekend?

Odds Overview
The Royal Blues are trading at the +100 threshold, though certain sportsbooks have -105 available. If you like Schalke, you obviously want to jump on the plus price.

For those thinking Monchengladbach will bring their best this weekend, you can back them in the +300 to +350 range. A draw is listed at roughly +275 on the soccer betting odds. 

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Schalke
It sure was ugly away to Bayern Munich (1-5) back on March 1st, but the Royal Blues have played well since.

During that run of eight league matches, Schalke has picked up five wins to go along with draws versus Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund and a loss to Stuttgart. What's more, the Royal Blues won all four of their matches (Hoffenheim, Eintracht, Hertha Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt) at home.

We will however have to see how Schalke responds to a little adversity after losing to Stuttgart in their most recent fixture last weekend.

With over 60,000 in attendance inside Mercedes-Benz Arena, the hosts looked well up for the challenge that the Royal Blues presented. The relegation-threatened side took control early on and built up a 3-0 lead before Schalke got a consolation from Adam Szalai.

Returning home should give the Royal Blues a boost, considering they've gone 11-2-2 (with 33 goals for and only 13 against) there in 15 matches. You'd have to go all the way back to October to find the last time Schalke lost a league fixture at Veltins Arena. 

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Borussia Monchengladbach
Like Schalke, the Foals are also reeling a little bit after a bad 2-4 loss away to Freiburg, this coming one week after a 1-1 draw against Stuttgart at home.

Monchengladbach couldn't have asked for a better start, as they found the back of the net in in the ninth minute. However, they completely fell apart in the second half, allowing four goals, two of which were scored by Admir Mehmedi. Havard's Nordtveit's late goal meant practically nothing for the Foals.

It was not a good result for a team trying everything in its power to finish in a European spot. Right now they're in sixth place, five points back of fourth-place Bayer Leverkusen. It looks like Gladbach will have to settle for the Europa League, barring a miracle over the final few fixtures.

As for the Foals and their away form, they've struggled to the tune of four wins, four draws and seven defeats. In all they've scored 19 goals while allowing in 21 through those 15 fixtures.

The trio to watch for Gladbach will be Raffael Araujo, Max Kruse and Juan Arango, who have combined for 34 league goals this term. Araujo has been the top threat, scoring 15 times to go along with five assists. 

 

Bundesliga Pick
While the Foals have hardly been pushovers this season, we believe Schalke will come through for backers and protect their home pitch.

The Royal Blues' only two losses at Veltins Arena have come against the best two teams in the league in Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund – other than that they've beaten the sides they've supposed to and looked good in doing so.

The Foals, meanwhile, haven't looked nearly as threatening when playing away from home and we see them coming up a little short against a Schalke outfit that's ready to get back on the winning side of things after disappointing last weekend. Back the Royal Blues, eager to hang on to third place, with your sports picks.

Soccer Pick: Schalke 2 Borussia Monchengladbach 1