Wednesday evening was historic for the Bundesliga as its first ever match behind closed doors was held. Borussia Mochengladbach beating local rivals FC Köln 2-1 in the Rhine Derby and going 4th to the applause of no one.
All nine games this Match Week have suffered the same fate and there’s a feeling of when, not if, the DFB suspends competition.
Borussia Dortmund vs FC Schalke 04
Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League dreams came to an agonizing end this week as a classless PSG ran out 2-0 winners. PSG celebrated by mocking Erling Haaland’s meditation pose. Fortunately, games come around thick and fast at this stage of the season and they have their biggest rivals coming to Signal Iduna Park to help them forget.
In-form Dortmund have scored a club record 68 goals in 25 matches with 3 players scoring half (Jadon Sancho 14, Marco Reus 11, Erling Haaland 9). In comparison, David Wagner’s Schalke have scored just 33 (3 being own goals) and haven’t had an out and out goal scorer since the days of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. BVB last conceded at home January 24th with Schalke leaking 1.5 goals away from home on average.
Back Dortmund -1.5 Goals at Evens as they look to get back to winning ways.
Fortuna Düsseldorf vs SC Paderborn 07
Friday evening’s clash will be a defining fixture in this season’s relegation battle.
Fortuna’s recent form has seen an upturn since Uwe Rösler took charge late January (1W, 4D and 1L) and has given them a real belief of survival. A win for Düsseldorf puts them 3 points off 12th placed Frankfurt and 7 points ahead of 17th placed Werder Bremen. This is significant as 16th faces the 3rd placed 2. Bundesliga team in a two-leg playoff offering one final chance for survival.
Hard-working Paderborn sit 10 points adrift from safety and need all 3 points to entertain any hope of avoiding the drop. They ran out 2-0 winners when these two met earlier in the season, but recent form has seen Steffen Baumgart’s team collect just 4 points from the last 24 available.
Fortuna are in the ascendancy and with home advantage back them on the Money Line at -105.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach
Frankfurt have enjoyed cup success this season with a run to the DFB Pokal semifinals and the Europa League last 16. Fighting on three fronts has come at a cost, leaving them 6 points above the relegation zone and facing their 4th game in 11 days.
Gladbach have no such distractions and with Champions League qualification in their own hands, will be hoping the form of Alassane Plea (8 Goals, 7 Assists) and rising star Marcus Thuram (6 Goals, 8 Assists) can fire them to the promised land.
Back Gladbach on the Money Line at +125.