Bundesliga Soccer Picks: Schalke vs. Nurnberg

Nila Amerova

Friday, May 9, 2014 12:58 PM UTC

Friday, May. 9, 2014 12:58 PM UTC

The Bundesliga enters the final round this weekend and on the soccer-betting menu is the clash between Schalke 04 and Nurnberg. Find out what odds are currently in swing and where the angles for profit are to be had.


Schalke 04 To Finish Top 3
Schalke 04 are well on their way to finishing inside the Top 4 this season but where they finish depends on the outcome of the last round of Bundesliga action on Saturday. Naturally, they’re aiming for a third place finish. But with Bayer Leverkusen just three-points adrift, it’s still up for grabs.

Schalke 04 need only a draw to clinch third place in the Bundesliga table when they take on bottom stragglers Nurnberg. Given home form is an auspicious 11-2-3 on the season and includes seven wins and a draw in their last nine home fixtures, they’ll be looking to close the season in winning fashion

Currently in third, they boast an 18-7-8 overall record and 61 points. Most recently, they are after a 1-0 home defeat to Borussia M’gladbach, a defeat that snapped their 10-game unbeaten record at home. 

Even though the result was disappointing, it was a tough task against Borussia M’gladbach. The visitors are mired in a battle with Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg for a Top 4 finish and they simply rose to the occasion at Veltins Arena. In any event, Schalke 04 immediately bounced back with a road victory over Freiburg.

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Nurnberg relegation question
Nurnberg are sat pretty in 17th place on the back of an abysmal 5-11-17 record and 26 points. They are certain to finish in the relegation quagmire this season with just one game left on the schedule. What isn’t clear however is whether they will be amongst the two sides automatically relegated or whether they’ll receive a second chance for survival in a two-leg playoff with third place finishers from Bundesliga 2.

If form were any indication, the prognosis doesn’t look good for Nurnberg. Nor does allowing their fate to be decided by one of the top set in Bundesliga. 

Nurnberg are enjoying a cringe-worthy six straight defeats, ten in their last eleven fixtures both home and away. Defence (or lack thereof) has been their main problem as with 66 goals against, they are up there amongst the worst. Only Hoffenheim (69) and Hamburger SV (72) have allowed more goals against this season. Although that could change if Schalke 04 decide to be merciless while heaping one final misery on Nurnberg.

Soccer Betting Verdict
Predictably, Schalke 04 have the market cornered on this clash with -350 soccer odds to win outright at Bet365. The prospect of a Schalke win is boosted by both home advantage as well as poor form by the visitors. Hence, soccer bettors are sure to pile onto the hosts’ odds. But for additional angles for profit, Schalke supporters should turn to periphery markets. Given Nurnberg’s suspect defending this season, taking the Over 2.5 at -333 is a good option. A much better option however is to be found on the Over 3.5 at +110 at William Hill. The hosts to win both halves is trading reasonably at -150. Finally, Schalke to win and maintain a clean sheet is a very attractive +160.

Soccer Free Picks: Schalke 04 to win outright at -350

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Additional recommended picks: Over 3.5 @ +110,Schalke to win both halves at -150, Schalke to win and No to both teams to score @ +160

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