Here is our Schalke 04 v Borussia Dortmund match preview for this weekend, in what should be a superb game in the German Bundesliga.

On Saturday 26th October, title challengers Borussia Dortmund travel to Schalke 04 for a key game in both teams season. Schalke will be looking to get into fourth spot, the last champions league slot.

Recent Form

In their last four games (in all competitions) both teams have each drawn one and lost one. Dortmund are currently on the better form having taken ten points from their last four compared to Schalke’s seven.

Head to Head

In their last 6 matches Schalke have been more impressive winning three (50%), drawing one (17%) and losing two (33%). The games have produced an average of 1.8 goals per game.

It is worth noting that one Schalke win was due to penalties in the German Super Cup.

Goals Conceded

Dortmund have conceded seven times in the nine games played this season (0.8 per game), whereas Schalke have conceded 19 (2.1 per game).

There is a clear difference in defensive ability between the two teams, however a smaller difference in attacking ability with Dortmund scoring 22, five more than Schalke.

Team News

Schalke have an extensive injury list with the key players out. Klaas Jan Huntelaar is out until the new year, along with Jefferson Farfan who will not be back until the end of the month. It is touch and go on Kevin-Prince Boateng who is currently struggling with a knee injury.

Dortmund will be without two key defenders as Lukasz Piszczek is still out with a hip injury and Mats Hummels is suspended.

Conclusion

Both teams have something to fight for in this match. You can expect players like Marco Reus to have a huge impact on a much anticipated match. Dortmund will be very confident after their midweek performance against Arsenal in the Champions league and are expected to edge this encounter.