The wait has ended in the Bundesliga where, after more than two months, football matches can be played again.
The start is all the more spectacular as it brings to the fore the most awaited duel in the Ruhr area.
This is episode 156 of Revierderby. Borussia Dortmund and Schalke are opponents but this time they will not be able to play in front of 80,000 spectators.
The stands will be empty due to the pandemic.
The yellow-black players have been training together for some time. Many of them are extremely young and probably did not need much time to regain their tone.
In the offensive, the highest expectations are from the revelation of Haaland, author of 9 goals in 8 matches, and from Sancho, who has already offered 15 decisive passes (he also has 14 goals!).
Borussia has an important absence. Captain Marco Reus continues to be injured and cannot play against Schalke.
There are also big questions about Axel Witsel and Emre Can, both of whom are facing medical problems after resuming training.
This derby can be a problem for bettors. Schalke was going through an extremely difficult period at the time of the interruption of the championship – on January 17 he had not beaten anyone and still fell in the standings.
There were 3 defeats and 4 draws, and the white-blues ended up having a negative goal difference.
During this period he scored no less than 10 goals, in total, from Bayern and Leipzig.
Being a major derby for Schalke, the situation may change completely.
It depends a lot on the physical form in which the players returned from isolation.
They had difficulties in the offensive, but they have excellent memories from the previous two trips with Borussia Dortmund.
In 2017 they drew spectacularly, 4-4, and last year they won 4-2!
They have suffered only one failure in the last seven confrontations with BVB (2 victories, 5 draws).
⚽️What are the likely teams in this match?
Football Prediction of the Day Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke
Borussia is second in the Bundesliga.
She is four points behind leader Bayern Munich.
He has four wins in a row, for the first time this season.
He has not conceded a goal in the last three home matches in the championship.
At home he has five victories in a row in all competitions.
Schalke ranks 6th in the Bundesliga.
He is in place of the Europa League, but has a negative goal difference (-7)Only 5 teams scored fewer goals than Schalke (33).
He has 7 games in a row without a victory.
He scored eight goals in his previous two visits to Dortmund.
Bet Tips: Over 2.5 goals