Schalke04 Puts Luck to the Test Against FrankfurtPublished January 27, 2017 by Florin P
Schalke tries to keep home winning streak alive when stringy Frankfurt comes visiting at Veltins Arena (7:30 p.m UK Time).
Schalke04 is one of the better German teams struggling at the middle of the standings despite having a quality squad. They hope to continue their way to the top by defeating Frankfurt at home, after picking three points with amazing luck on Saturday. Following an impressive season start, the visitors are fading in the standings and will try to end the slide by claiming at least one point at Gelsenkirchen.
Narrow Margin Victories Keep Schalke04 Alive
The hosts have scored most of their goals in the final minutes at home and on the road, both in official matches and friendly ones. They avoided defeat against Freiburg and limited the proportions of the score against Hamburg. The most recent result in the match played at home with Ingolstadt was by far the luckiest in 2017. Schalke04 scored the winning goal in the last minute of extra time.
Against Frankfurt, they shouldn’t rely on luck, but come out firing on all cylinders. They have the advantage of facing a depleted team that hasn’t won consecutive games in a while. The visitors will travel to Gelsenkirchen determined not to lose the match after dropping points at an alarming rate.
Frankfurt Has a Hard Time Scoring Goals
The second best defensive team in the Bundesliga is now conceding goals while failing to score any of its own. Frankfurt was shutout in four of the last five matches and was heavily dominated on the road. In order to cling to their Europa League place, it needs to stop bleeding points and strengthening the backline. That’s why the starting formation for this fixture will feature a single striker up from.
Several players are injured and a few are doubtful, so the visitors don’t have too many options. Under these circumstances, odds of 9/10 on Schalke are surprisingly high and unlikely to last until kickoff. bet365 Sports currently offers the best value, so punters should place the bet right away.