Borussia Dortmund take on the visitors Schalke in the round 7 match of German Bundesliga. The match will be played on Saturday, September 17th at Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund).
Borussia Dortmund last season showed consistently good results but there was no breakthrough. Yes, with Marco Rose the club returned to 2nd place in the Bundesliga - but the rivals were not impressive either. And there were no serious chances to take a swing at the “silver salad bowl”. And there was not a single real chance to defend the cup title. And in the Champions League and the Europa League there was a frank failure. As a result, the Black-and-Yellows returned Edin Terzic to the coaching post. He had a difficult task: to show the progress of the "bumblebees" with a major renewal of the composition. What is the departure of Holland - by the way, with Erling they already crossed paths, playing this week in the Champions League. In addition, the scorer Sebastian Haller, who replaced Haaland who left for Manchester City, is out with a tumor, not playing. The start was good, most of the fights were won. But there were already serious slaps in the face: weak-willed 2-3 with Werder Bremen and 0-3 with RB Leipzig in the last round.
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Schalke returned from Bundesliga 2. Before that, there were anti-records in the 2020/2021 season and a one-year stay in the 2nd division. Fortunately, the "cobalt" could not repeat the fate of another status project - "Hamburg". The team from Gelsenkirchen was able to become the leader of this league. But, most importantly, Frank Kramer was able to return the glorious club to its lost positions, to the German elite. The newcomer could not win in all 5 first rounds. True, they started the season with 5-0 on the road - but it was in the cup against the modest Bremen. As part of the championship, there were only draws with Mönchengladbach, Wolfsburg and Stuttgart. And “Cologne” and “Union” defeated them at all, with the representative of Berlin it was 1-6. And only on September 10, Schalke was able to finally win. Bochum suffered - it was beaten 3-1. But the decisive, turning point was Mashovich's own goal. And the final score was issued only in the 96th minute.
The Ruhr Derby is considered one of the fieriest in all of Germany. But Schalke have not scored in four head-to-heads in a row. And all 3 extreme fights ended in devastating victories for Borussia. Bookmakers consider Borussia to be the favorite of the confrontation, and unconditionally give it an advantage. Although the "bumblebees" had a difficult period, we expect the hosts to win both in the 1st half and in the match as a whole.
Prediction for the match: Borussia Dortmund to win 1st half and the match.