On their worst league run since 1997, Schalke are yet to win in their last eleven and ahead of their trip to another wobbling side Union Berlin, they have lost all of the last four they have played since the restart.
Date: Sunday, June 7th
Kick-off: 14:30 pm
Venue: Stadion An der Alten Försterei
Schalke 04, traditionally one of Bundesliga’s heavyweights are surprisingly on a free fall going into the season’s run-in. Borussia Dortmund, Augsburg, Fortuna Dusseldorf and lately Werder Bremen have all gotten the better of The Royal Blues since the return of football, and yet they are still placed tenth and can still chase down an Europa League berth; that, an outside chance though.
Up against Union Berlin, they will want to halt the unsavoury run, and at least sparsely give their fans something to smile about from the comfort of their homes. However, you have to go as far back as November 2019 to the last time they managed a league victory away from home, a 2-1 win over Werder Bremen.
Union, it must be said, have not fared any better than their rivals. Last Sunday’s 4-1 loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach made it their fourth defeat in their last five, a streak that has put them 14th on the table and in danger of being dragged into the relegation dogfight.
Nonetheless, Die Eisernen are competing in their first ever season at this level of football, and their fans can be proud of their achievements thus far. The 2-0 loss to Schalke in the reverse game earlier this season could still be fresh in their memories, but will hope lightening does not strike twice when they host them this time around.
Urs Fischer could ring the changes as he attempts to find an elusive first win since the restart. Robert Andrich is available for selection again after suspension.
Julian Ryerson is ruled out until the end of the season with a knee injury. Akaki Gogia on his part, is still not over knee ligament damage.
Sebastian Polter is still under suspension by the club for refusing to accept a pay cut. Christopher Lenz meanwhile, has a knock and will be assessed closer to kickoff.
Suat Serdar will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Weston McKennie is suspended after his fifth booking of the season last weekend.
The duo of Omar Mascarell and Benjamin Stambouli are both nearing their respective returns from injury.
Head to Head
Schalke and Union Berlin have only met twice in their competitive history, with Schalke triumphing on both occasions.
Union Berlin last five games in all competitions: LLLDL
Schalke last five games in all competitions: DLLLL
This one have all the trappings of a low-scoring game, as neither side have particularly set the pulses racing with their performances lately. Schalke have failed to score in six of their last eight league games while Union Berlin are winless in each of their last six. Thus, a drab affair is expected so it could make sense to back Under 2.5 goals for odds of 8/11. Both side have the fourth worst goal-scoring tally in the division (34 goals scored each) and it could be a surprise if we get to see lots of goals here.
Another option that looks fitting to take here is a ‘No’ on the Both Team To Score market. With the likely tight encounter set to emerge, both or one of the sides will likely venture forward very little in the course of play, and it is hard seeing how both of them end up on the scoreboard. It is chunked up at 1/1 for odds.