Schalke vs. Wolfsburg Soccer Picks

Nila Amerova

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 5:00 AM GMT

Bundesliga betting enters week 19 with a whole slew of intriguing games for soccer fans to spot. Join us as we deliver our soccer-betting verdict and picks on the tilt between Schalke 04 and Wolfsburg.

Schalke 04 marginal favourites

Schalke 04 are dubbed as the favourites for this clash by sportsbooks, but only marginally so, given they are listed just shy of even money at +105 soccer odds to win outright at Bet365.

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Sat fifth in Bundesliga with a 9-4-5 mark in 18 laps and 31 points, Schalke are just two points shy of Borussia Dortmund and Borussia M’gladbach, third and fourth respectively. Home form is an encouraging 5-1-2 mark, which includes 18 goals scored and just 12 conceded. Home form in their last ten is equally encouraging with a 6-1-3 mark – their losses mainly coming to top German opposition Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. (Road form is modestly good as well with a 4-3-3 mark and 17 goals scored and 16 conceded.)

Schalke 04 opened the second half of the season with a convincing 3-0 victory over Hamburger SV on the road - a promising win that augurs well for them. Now, they return home to host Wolfsburg at the weekend after finishing the first half of the season on a rather inaudible note with a scoreless draw to Nurnberg, a bottom straggler in the league, and going 1-0-2 in Club Friendlies during the festive break.

Wolfsburg at the disadvantage

Wolfsburg are listed at hefty +240 soccer odds for the away win and the draw is listed at slightly larger +250 soccer odds or thereabouts depending on your choice sportsbook.

Wolfsburg are flush off a 3-1 defeat at home to Hannover 96, marking a rather sluggish start on the season for the Wolves after the four week winter break and a missed opportunity to advance their cause in the table. Form going into the break was a very encouraging 6-3-1 in their last ten games both home and away; also, they are undefeated in their last five road games with a 3-2-0 mark.

Wolfsburg are sat in sixth place in the table just a point behind Schalke 04 with a 9-3-6 record and 30 points. Home form has been their saving grace, standing at 6-1-2 to date and scoring 18 goals while just conceding 9. Road form however has been rather subpar with a 3-2-4 mark, which puts them at just a fraction above 50% winning ratio on the road. Moreover, both offense and defence seem to struggle on the road, accounting for just 11 goals while conceding 13. Form

Schalke 04 vs. Wolfsburg betting tips and picks:

Schalke 04 take solid home form into this match and they are also after a promising start to the second half of Bundesliga action, two factors that augur well for the home win in week 19 Bundesliga betting. On the flipside, Wolfsburg dropped the ball at home to Hannover 9-6 and will be looking to get back on track this week. They own their fans a face-saving performance.

It’s still early days on the second half of the season, and with clubs busy in the transfer window and working off the winter break rust, anything can happen. That said, this does look like a home banker and with tasty soccer odds of +105 on the home win. Taking Schalke 04 on your soccer picks seems be the right play.

Additional recommended picks include: Over 2.5 at -150 with both teams to score. Not for the fainthearted but the draw – Schalke double result at +450 at Bet365 is an attractive option as well.

Soccer Free Picks: Schalke 04 to win outright at +105; Over 2.5 at -150