‘Tis the season! No, not Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, but it is time for the Bundesliga’s first Revierderby of the season! My favorite time of the year. This Saturday, the on-fire Borussia Dortmund squad will travel to the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen to play rivals FC Schalke 04.
Schalke are sitting mid-table in 12th place, with 4 wins, 2 draws, and 7 losses, for a grand total of 14 points. Their last match was a 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim, both goals coming from penalties. Considering Schalke’s bad form this season, a 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim really isn’t a bad result.
Dortmund is coming off a 2-0 win against Freiburg. After being mostly stopped by the rigid Freiburg defense, Marco Reus scored a penalty in the 40th minute, then the human cheat code that is Paco Alcácer came on and scored in stoppage time of the second half.
Schalke has a few injuries on the roster, the noteworthy ones being Mark Uth and Breel Embolo. This severely limits Schalke’s attacking opportunities, and should give Dortmund’s defense a bit of a break during the match.
Dortmund has quite the list of injuries, with Schmelzer, Wolf, Pulisic, Akanji, and Zagadou all out or at least doubtful for this weekend’s upcoming derby. Lucien Favre has expressed his concern over the Pulisic and Zagadou injuries, but has enough squad depth at his disposal to be able to comfortably field a competent starting eleven of players against Schalke.
So, let’s go to Gelsenkirchen, beat the Smurfs, and enjoy the holiday season with the peace of mind a Revierderby win can bring. And please, for the love of all that is holy, let’s not have a 4-4 again. That would kill me.
Dortmund 3-0 Schalke. I hate being overconfident, but I really do think this Dortmund team is a step ahead of this year’s Schalke squad.