Borussia Dortmund still find themselves three points off second-placed RB Leipzig, but their weekend clash means a lot more than just a league victory. Schalke are their closest rivals, meaning that there is guaranteed to be some feisty scenes on the show.
Schalke are unbeaten during their last three home games in the Bundesliga and managed to keep clean sheets against both Hertha Berlin and Augsburg recently, with Die Konigsblauen managing to maintain reasonable form in front of their own crowd.
A 4-2 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach has been the only blot in Schalke’s copy book of late, with the hosts also having taken four points from their last two Bundesliga home outing against Dortmund in recent seasons.
Thomas Tuchel’s men, meanwhile, have won just one of their last four games on the road in the German top flight, with their stuttering away form affecting their chances of gaining ground on Leipzig.
Dortmund are still without Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Sebastian Rode due to injury. Sven Bender, however, has returned to fitness after a layoff. Schalke should still have Naldo and Baba Rahman absent.
Goals and entertainment are always a guarantee in this derby, with Dortmund’s recent form and past meetings in this very fixture suggesting that Die Schwarzgelben won’t be taking all three points on the weekend.
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