Schalke’s dismal run of results continued in dramatic fashion last time out at Dusseldorf, and the visit of Werder Bremen presents a perfect chance of redemption.
Date: Saturday, May 28
Kick-off: 14:00 pm
Schalke were left stunned yet again in midweek, as Fortuna Dusseldorf struck twice in the space of six second half minutes to nullify Weston McKennie’s opener, thus leaving them with three consecutive defeats from their three games since the return of their league football.
The result saw them drop to ninth on the standings, and with the hopes of qualifying for Europe fast evaporating, David Wagner’s team need not drop further points particularly against opponents like this.
Werder Bremen on their part, earned a commendable draw versus Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday, though they still remain as many as six points shy of safety.
Suat Serdar’s season is over while Amine Harit and Jean-Clair Todibo are doubts after they both picked up injuries in the defeat to Dortmund.
Omar Mascarell and Benjamin Stambouli are both nearing return from their respective injuries.
Niclas Füllkrug has had a knee op and will miss the rest of the season. Veteran striker Claudio Pizarro is also ruled out with a muscle injury.
Ömer Toprak (calf), Kevin Vogt (hip) and Ludwig Augustinsson (muscle) are all rated doubtful.
Milos Veljkovic is suspended after racking up five yellow cards, but Philipp Bargfrede have served his suspension and is available again.
Head to Head
In 104 competitive meetings between these two teams, Werder Bremen have won 44 to Schalke’s 39, with 21 draws recorded. Though Schalke edged the reverse fixture 2-1, four of the last five most recent meetings have been won by Weder Bremen.
Schalke’s last five matches in all competitions: LDLLL
Werder Bremen last five matches in all competitions: LDLWD
Schalke’s performances since resumption of football have been fraught with defensive gaffes, but one will expect them to exert some measure of superiority on a struggling Bremen side here.
Their lack of grit in front of goal in their last three is another cause for concern too, with McKennie’s effort in the 2-1 loss to Fortuna Dusseldorf last time out the only they have managed in as many games. If they can find some way of stringing together decent passes as well as sustain pressure of their opponents, it could be that they get the needed win at 6/4, and thus ensure they aim to finish their campaign on the right track.
This game is also one that should produce goals. Schalke have seen over 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches against Werder Bremen in all competitions, while there have also been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of the hosts last 6 league games. Backing over 2.5 goals is priced at odds of 10/11.