Soccer Picks: Hertha BSC vs Schalke 04

Mike Richardson

Monday, October 28, 2013 5:20 PM GMT

Get ready to win money from Germany, as there’s an eight cylinder banker of a soccer bet coming up in the Bundesliga next weekend when Hertha Berlin take on Schalke 04 . Eich bien ien Humble Handicapper and I’m expecting to tidy up from these soccer picks.

You don’t have to be listening in on Angle Merkel’s telephone calls to know that there’s a giant chasm between Hertha Berlin and Schalke. Schalke are a highly unlikely 150/1 to win the Germany top flight. And while those soccer odds might look like an impossibility, they are still fourth favourite, and you should know that after the first three sides in this German football league race there’s a real big drop off. Comparatively Hertha Berlin are 49/1 to finish in the bottom two. That usually means that there’s no money to be made as the sportsbooks call it as a sure thing. However, the bookies have thrown a curve ball at your Humble Handicapper, as to who’s going to come out on top with the soccer odds.

Enough with finishing positions…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?

Hertha are 13/10 to win this game, while Schalke are 2/1 and the draw is 13/5.  The correct score odds point towards a home win as they have Hertha winning 2-1 and 1-0 ahead of any Schalke win. Those soccer odds are 8/1 and 9/1, while Schalke winning 2-1 is 10/1 and 1-0 is 11/1. Oddly enough the favourite correct score odds are on the game ending tied 1-1 at 6/1.

Your Humble Handicapper is going against the bookies on this one.

You might wonder why my soccer picks are different to the bookies’ soccer odds. You might wonder why, and the first reason is that Schalke have won the last four meetings between these two sides. They’ve only conceded one goal against Hertha in their last five and outscored them 9-1 in that run.

You might think that home advantage will make a difference, but it never has in the past.

How big is the difference between these two sides? Well Last season Schalke finished fourth top with 55 points (a full 10 points off third place) and Hertha won Bundesliga 2, with a nine points cushion. But don’t forget that’s a completely different league.

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Massive winnings ahoy!

The last time Hertha were in the German top flight they ended up 33 points worse off than Schalke.  I think this game will be all one way traffic, and all in Schalke’s favour. The bookies think not, as their soccer odds have Hertha winning both halves at 13/5, but my soccer picks say Schalke to won both halves at 7/2.

Soccer Picks: Schalke win 2-0 available at 19/1 with Bet Victor.