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Schalke will be visiting Merkur Spiel-Arena on Saturday for the Bundesliga 2 tie with home side Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Fortuna Dusseldorf v Schalke can be seen below - plus the latest betting odds.
Fortuna Dusseldorf won’t want a repeat of their last result here after a 1-0 Bundesliga 2 loss in their previous game against Greuther Furth.
In that match, Fortuna Dusseldorf had 53% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 4 on target. At the other end, Greuther Furth had 10 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Robert Wagner (48') scored for Greuther Furth.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent times that Fortuna Dusseldorf have shown defensive steel. In fact, Fortuna Dusseldorf have been scored against in 6 of their previous 6 matches, giving up 12 goals on the way.
Following on from being beaten in their last game against Elversberg in Bundesliga 2 competition, Schalke and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that match, Schalke managed 55% possession and 23 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for Schalke was Kenan Karaman (35'). On the other side, Elversberg had 13 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. Paul Stock (7') and Jannik Rochelt (21') scored for Elversberg.
In as many as 6 out of the previous 6 games involving Schalke, a minimum of three goals have gone in. The average number of goals per game within that time is 3.33, with the average number of goals for Schalke coming out as 1.33. We will have to find out whether or not that trend can be sustained into this next match.
Going into this encounter, Schalke have not won against Fortuna Dusseldorf when they've played them away from home in the last 2 league matches.
Head to head
Looking over their past head to head clashes stretching back to 06/02/2019 tells us that Fortuna Dusseldorf have won 3 of these and Schalke 2, with the number of drawn matches being 1.
Loads of goals were seen in those games, too - 25 in total which averages out at 4.17 goals per match.
The previous league match between these clubs was Bundesliga 2 match day 22 on 13/02/2022 when the final score was Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1 Schalke.
In that match, Fortuna Dusseldorf managed 55% possession and 21 shots on goal with 5 on target. The goalscorers were Khaled Narey (47') and Rouwen Hennings (56').
On the other side, Schalke got 11 shots on goal with 4 on target. Blendi Idrizi (42') scored.
The match was refereed by Harm Osmers.
Team News: Fortuna Dusseldorf
The Fortuna Dusseldorf manager Daniel Thioune has no fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this clash with a completely healthy group available to select from.
Team News: Schalke
Schalke manager Karel Geraerts has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Leo Greiml (Cruciate ligament tear), Marius Müller (Adductor tear), Assan Ouédraogo (Syndesmotic ligament tear) and Tobias Mohr (Thigh problems) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
We’re of the view that Schalke have it within them to score against this Fortuna Dusseldorf lineup, however that possibly won’t be enough to prevent defeat.
We’re predicting both teams to score in a 2-1 winning margin for Fortuna Dusseldorf by the time that the referee blows the final whistle. Looking forward to this.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Merkur Spiel-Arena (54,600)
Captain: Andre Hoffmann
Chairman: Alexander Jobst
Manager: Daniel Thioune
Competitions: Bundesliga 2 position 5, DFB-Pokal (Third Round)
🔑 Star Player: Ao Tanaka
Regularly playing in the Centre Midfield position, Ao Tanaka was born in Japan. After having played his first senior match for Kawasaki Frontale in the 2018 season, the dangerous Midfielder has bagged 3 league goals in this 2. Bundesliga 2023 - 2024 season so far from a total of 12 appearances.