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Werder Bremen vs Schalke - Sorry Schalke set for another defeat
Hosts Werder Bremen tipped to take all three points
Werder Bremen beat Schalke 2-0 in the reverse fixture and can win again at home (Getty Images)
Werder Bremen vs Schalke Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Werder Bremen can take care of a sorry Schalke side in a Bundesliga clash at the Weserstadion.
I am tipping the hosts to win at 1.95 and wouldn’t be surprised if they cover the -1 handicap market at 3.50.
SV Werder Bremen Form & Team News
The Green-Whites remain unbeaten in 2019 after a 1-1 draw at Wolfsburg on Sunday. Werder Bremen came home strong and equalised through Max Kruse but were unable to score the winner.
Florian Kohfeldt’s side are still in with a shout of qualifying for the UEFA Europa League but can’t afford many more slip ups. They will be confident of getting all three points against a Schalke side that are ripe for the picking.
Philipp Bargfrede started the match at Wolfsburg and Martin Harnik could return return from injury here. Milos Veljkovic came on for an injured Sebastian Langkamp before the break last week and might feature from the start against Schalke.
Milot Rashica wasn’t at his best against Wolfsburg but should continue up front. Werder Bremen are paying 1.95 to beat Schalke which represents great value considering how much the visitors have been struggling of late.
FC Schalke 04 Form & Team News
The Royal Blues are having a horror season after finishing second behind Bayern Munich last season. Head of Sport Christian Heidel fell on his sword which left head coach Domenico Tedesco to continue on with a squad he hasn’t managed to inspire.
Schalke are just four points above Stuttgart in the relegation play-off spot and could get dragged into the bottom three sooner rather than later. A 3-0 away defeat at Mainz was followed by a 4-0 home defeat against neighbours Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Where to now? Tedesco doesn’t know and that’s the problem. Alessandro Schöpf is injured but Suat Serdar returns from injury. Bastian Oczipka, Breel Embolo and Weston McKennie could return from injury here in a boost for the Gelsenkirchen club.
The odds on Schalke turning it around and taking all three points is 3.90, but a draw might be the best they can hope for which is paying 3.50.
Werder Bremen vs Schalke Head-to-Head
Werder Bremen have a 27-14 advantage against Schalke at home and have won the last two meetings. The first encounter this season was a 2-0 away win for Bremen courtesy of a Maximilian Eggestein brace.
Werder Bremen vs Schalke Match Up
Werder Bremen have scored in 24 consecutive Bundesliga matches and are very tough to beat. Max Kruse pulls the strings and could create havoc among a Schalke defence that is all over the place.
Confidence is low at Schalke and head coach Tedesco is continually on the verge of getting sacked. It’s not conducive to good football and this threatens to be another demoralising defeat.
Werder Bremen vs Schalke Key Statistics
- Werder Bremen are unbeaten in 21 of their last 24 home matches (Bundesliga).
- Werder Bremen have won their last 2 matches against Schalke (Bundesliga).
- Schalke have lost 4 of their last 5 matches (all competitions).
- Schalke have conceded 3+ goals in their last 3 matches (all competitions).
Werder Bremen have the confidence and ability to beat Schalke. The visitors are bereft of confidence and have no clear structure to get out of this situation.
The 2.05 odds on a Bremen win represents great value and I think they will shorten before kick-off. A win in the -1 handicap wouldn't surprise at 3.50.
Best Bet: Werder Bremen Win @ 2.05 at bet365 - 5 Units
Value Bet: Werder Bremen -1 Handicap @ 3.50 at bet365 - 1 Unit