We’ll finally have some top flight European football this weekend, with the German Bundesliga set to resume on May 16. Kicking off things after the Coronavirus is a mouthwatering derby between Dortmund and Schalke. Interestingly enough, BVB, who are outfitted by Puma, are yet to win to lose a game against Umbro wearing opposition in the league so far this season. Will Schalke be able to change that stat this weekend?
Revierderby results since Schalke shifted to Umbro
Schalke 1-2 Borussia Dortmund (December 2018- 18/19 season)
Dortmund 2-4 Schalke (April 2019- 18/19 season)
Schalke 0-0 Dortmund (October 2019- 19/20 season)
That fantastic 4-2 win last April- also S04’s first Ruhr Derby win in Umbro colours since switching to the Double Diamond in 2018, will give the Royal Blues plenty of confidence heading into this clash. It was also their first win at the Westfalenstadion since 2012. However Dortmund’s home record this season in the league reads P12, W9, D3. They’re the only German team to remain undefeated on home turf in 2019/20- even defending champions Bayern don’t boast such a good record.
The last two derbies at the Westfalenstadion have produced plenty of goals- Schalke scored four on both occasions, with one ending in a 4-4 draw, and the other, as mentioned above, going 4-2 in favour of the Royal Blues.
The Coronavirus break could probably not have come at a better time for Schalke. Their record has been dire after the winter break, and their last league win on the road came against Werder Bremen (another Umbro side!) back in November. The time off would’ve given their players the chance to introspect and having had the opportunity to fully recharge their batteries by playing different games at Slotswise.com and other similar sites during the break, they’ll be fit and raring to go.
Schalke away league form since last win on the road
Leverkusen 2-1 Schake
Wolfsburg 1-1 Schalke
Bayern 5-0 Schalke
Hertha 0-0 Schalke
Mainz 0-0 Schalke
Koln 3-0 Schalke
Dortmund also have the best home attack and defence in the league- they’ve scored 41 and conceded just ten. Schalke’s away record- four wins, four draws and four losses, is nothing to crow about, and they’ve only found the back of the net 15 times in those 12 visits, the lowest of any side in the top 10.
Given the Royal Blues’ struggles and Dortmund’s imperious home form, it’s hard to see beyond BVB. But the emotion of the derby takes form out of the picture, and a win here could just be the tonic Schalke need to again begin their move up the table.
BVB also have some injury headaches ahead of this clash- likes of Marco Reus, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Axel Witsel and Emre Can are all doubts for this weekend. Much will therefore depend on their brilliant front troika of Thorgan Hazard, Erling Braut Haaland and Jadon Sancho.
This could also the last Revierderby in a while that features Evonik on the BVB jersey, with the club set to have 1&1 on the front next season in the league.