The German Bundesliga is scheduled to return this coming weekend, Saturday, May 16. We have a full list of fixtures across the weekend, with all games being played behind closed doors. This is the first major football league to return, and because of that, you can expect these games to be some of the most-watched German football games ever!
Of the games kicking off on Saturday afternoon, the one that stands out for fans will certainly be the clash between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke.
Borussia Dortmund Recent Form
Those who bet on Bundesliga games will remember before the break that Dortmund had won four straight and moved up into second place to become the main challengers to league leaders Bayern Munich. They will look to continue that run, albeit in this new and very different environment.
In those victories, Dortmund showed their talents at both ends of the field. We saw them score nine goals while also keeping three clean sheets and conceding just one. The break could not have come at a worse time for them in terms of how they were playing, and it will be interesting to see if they can jump straight back in where they left off.
Dortmund return in 2nd position in the Bundesliga, four points behind leaders Bayern Munich. Leipzig are a point behind in third while Monchengladbach are another point back in fourth, there is nothing to choose between the top four at the moment which should lead to an exciting finish to this season.
If the break halted Dortmund’s progress, it certainly came at the right time for Schalke. In their last 10, they have won just once, lost three times, and recorded six draws. That run has taken away the advantage they had and are now they are only just holding onto a top-six spot, with plenty of teams behind them looking to overtake.
Goal scoring has been a huge problem for the visitors recently. In their last seven games, they have been kept off the score sheet five times and scored just two goals. This is not good enough for a team looking to find its way into a European spot.
Schalke are 10 points behind Leverkusen in 5th, so it is unlikely they can climb higher. Holding onto 6th is their priority, but they have both Wolfsburg and Freiburg one point behind them, and Hoffenheim two behind so it won’t be easy.
Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke Betting Tips
While recent form is not to be taken too seriously here, as the games were played two months ago, it is clear these two teams were heading in completely different directions. Dortmund were on the up, Schalke were struggling.
With a league title to try and chase down, we must side with Dortmund here, they are our best Bundesliga tip for Saturday.
Those looking to lengthen the odds on their bet can use recent stats and back Dortmund to win to nil. Not only are they good defensively, but Schalke had a real problem scoring themselves before the break.
Bet now: Borussia Dortmund to win and keep a clean sheet