14 points may separate Dusseldorf and visitors Schalke in the table, but both clubs desperately need a positive result when they meet in Bundesliga action on Wednesday. The struggling hosts sit in 16th, while the Royal Blues are placed seventh, without a victory since the middle of January, and in rapid freefall.
Where and when: Merkur Spiel-Arena, Dusseldorf – 27 May, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Dusseldorf vs. Schalke: BT Sport 1
Last time: The teams played out an epic six-goal thriller in November with five of the six strikes recorded in the second-half. Rouwen Hennings hit a treble as Fortuna came from behind on three occasions to earn a draw.
Dusseldorf v Schalke Predictions and Preview
Dusseldorf are unbeaten in their last four games, claiming three draws along with a priceless win over Freiburg. The home squad have climbed from the bottom of the standings and the next target is to overtake Mainz and climb out of the relegation play-off spot.
Hennings, the hat-trick hero from the reverse fixture, will lead the line and look to add to his 11-goal haul. The veteran is 11/2 favourite to open proceedings and is expected to be flanked by Erik Thommy and loanee Valon Berisha.
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Berisha arrived in the winter from Lazio and will be keen to show his parent club what he is capable of after limited opportunities in the capital. Berisha is 33/10 to strike anytime and Fortuna are 11/5 to register only a sixth success of the term. A draw is 12/5.
Elsewhere, Schalke have lost by three, four and five goal margins in their last 360 minutes of football. The Royal Blues certainly won’t end up in a dogfight to survive but their season is in danger of ending on a sour note if the slump in form is not arrested. David Wagner could ring the changes with Guido Burgstaller and Rabbi Matondo pushing for a start.
The Welsh teenager joined in January 2019 from Manchester City and has reportedly impressed the Citizens’ cross town neighbours as a cut price alternative to Jadon Sancho. Matondo is 4/1 to net anytime and Schalke are 6/5 to get back to winning ways and begin a new assault on the European places.
One to watch for Dusseldorf: Thommy has nine goal contributions to his name and is 13/5 to score anytime. The winger has impressed since joining on loan from Stuttgart and provided Fortuna can retain their top flight status, the move should become permanent.
One to watch for Schalke: Suat Serdar may be a defensive midfielder by trade, but the German international has led from the front throughout the term. Serdar has scored seven times and is 7/1 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: Schalke are stuck in a rut. The Royal Blues diced with relegation during the 2018-19 season and its been another inconsistent spell for the Gelsenkirchen based side. Schalke are capable, and have beaten Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach, but, equally, are in the midst of their worst run of the year. A morale boosting 3-0 success for the visitors is 25/1.