It’s the Revierderby to kick-start the weekend of football in the Bundesliga, as Borussia Dortmund host Schalke 04 on Saturday, kicking off at 3:30pm local time in Germany.

Dortmund still have dreams of clinching their first league title since 2012, whereas Schalke 04 are still yet to be confirmed of their Bundesliga status for next season.

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Home Team: Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund can temporarily go back to the top of the Bundesliga table if they are to win here on Saturday against their arch-rivals. At the start of the season, not many would have anticipated them to give this amount of effort in, and really take the title race down to the wire.

Admittedly, they may be disappointed that they have thrown away a 9-point lead over the course of the season, and were appallingly beaten by Bayern Munich in their top-of-the-table clash, but this Dortmund side will refuse to give up. Last week, they had to travel to Freiburg and make sure they got the job done, and they did so by winning by a 4-goal margin.

Goals from Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Paco Alcacer in a dominant away performance that just reminds Bayern Munich that the title has not been won just yet. Now, Dortmund will hope to win a game that will be running high on emotions, with so much at stake too. Will they be able to cope under the pressure?

Away Team: Schalke 04

Whilst Dortmund can be incredibly pleased with their season, Schalke have been a constant embarrassment to their loyal fans. Schalke managed to finish in the top four last season, but have been officially awful from the start of this campaign. Not at any point has it felt like they could turn the season around, and the season perhaps hit a new low as they were beaten 5-2 at home this weekend against Hoffenheim.

A last minute consolation goal for the hosts makes the score seem a tad better, but the fans were in disgust watching their team being outplayed for the whole 90 minutes. That defeat keeps them just 6 points ahead of the relegation places, and with 12 points to play for, the fans will feel at unease going into the final matches.

Can Schalke 04 surprise the whole of Bundesliga and prevent Dortmund from getting the win?

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Head to Head

The two sides played out a classic 4-4 thriller in this fixture last season, as Dortmund threw away a 4-0 first half lead to draw 4-4. It was one of Schalke’s greatest ever comebacks, and it was their 2nd successive visit to Dortmund with them leaving with a hard-earned point.

Dortmund haven’t won this fixture at home since back in 2015, in a 3-2 victory. In the reverse fixture this season, Dortmund ended Schalke’s 5 match undefeated streak in this fixture, by winning 2-1 with goals from Thomas Delaney and Jadon Sancho getting the all-important goals.

There isn’t usually a lot between the two teams, no matter which team is higher in the league. Form goes out the window on derby day, you say? Might be right.

Prediction and Betting Tips

Dortmund are at 3/10 to get a victory here, with Schalke at 17/2 to pull off a huge shock. For the sides to share the spoils, that is priced at 9/2.

Dortmund’s home record continues to be phenomenal all season, and they will not give up on this title, so I expect them to get a win here, and my score line prediction is 3-1 at 9/1. It may be a tight first half, but I expect Dortmund’s quality to shine through in the 2nd half, so a HT/FT bet of Draw/Dortmund at 3/1, seems excellent value.

For goal scorers, you can back both Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho to score at 6/1. Finally, if you feel that you want to back Schalke on some capacity, you can back them to win either half at 3/1.

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