Friedhelm Funkel is the oldest coach in the Bundesliga at the age of 65. His counterpart, Domenico Tedesco, is almost half his age. No wonder that the coach of Fortuna Dusseldorf can draw on a wealth of experience. However, these experiences have not always been positive. Schalke 04 could also be the epitome of a horror movie for him. No matter where Friedhelm Funkel has worked as a trainer, there has been little to reap in the last few years against the S04. For 20 games Friedhelm Funkel has not won with his teams against the miners. Recently, there were even six defeats in a row.
Schalke vs Dusseldorf Today’s Betting Tips
Maybe the Fortuna can take advantage of the Schalke crisis on Saturday. They have tried a few weeks ago in the DFB Cup on the spot also, but cashed a hearty 1: 4 bankruptcy. In the Bundesliga, the chances do not seem to be so bad, because Dusseldorf is led in the ranking with 28 points on the twelfth place. The cushion on the relegation place is already twelve meters. It looks very much as if the Fortunen are likely to make another round in the Oberhaus next season. Schalke has five points less in the account and currently benefits from the weakness of the basement children. Nevertheless, the miners play the worst season since 1982/83. Therefore, in the duel between Schalke and Dusseldorf a tip on at least one point of Fortuna by no means hopeless. In addition, Dusseldorf is in recent weeks significantly more successful than the Schalke, which currently burns the proverbial tree. After manager Christian Heidel has already taken his hat off, Domenico Tedesco came under more and more pressure. The Schalke coach can not afford many failures, because then we would dare to predict that the coach of the Royal Blues will not spend the end of the season on the Schalke Bank even before the West duel between Schalke and Dusseldorf. The home side are therefore urgently required on Saturday before their own audience. The kick-off for the 24. Round in the Bundesliga between Schalke 04 and Fortuna Dusseldorf in the Veltins Arena takes place on 02.03.2019 at 15:30.
The sparrows whistle it from the roofs. After Christian Heidel no longer works on Schalke, now also the days of Domenico Tedesco seem to be numbered. According to reports, those responsible in Gelsenkirchen are said to have already reached out to Roger Schmidt. Maybe the match against Dusseldorf in a home defeat could have been the last for the young coach. This is not surprising, because Schalke has not won in the last five Bundesliga games and brought only two draws. A longer negative series did not exist under Domenico Tedesco yet. In addition, the Schalke have out of their own inability against Manchester City in the Champions League a good starting position negligence have gambled and will be eliminated quite certainly. The only bright spot remains the DFB Cup, in which the Royal Blues have also celebrated the last victory, specifically against Fortuna Dusseldorf. Maybe Fortuna will be playing fate for Domenico Tedesco on Saturday too, and it’s completely unclear where it’s going. We would at least before the kick-off between Schalke and Dusseldorf flat rate no tip for a home win.
The Schalke appearance last week in Mainz came in the form of a sporting revelatory oath. What the S04 delivered there was not even remotely related to what you have to call in the Bundesliga to be successful. At the end it was 0: 3. Domenico Tedesco was then really annoyed if this bloodless appearance.
“In Mainz it was an absolutely disappointing performance, there is nothing to relativize at all. We do not have to talk much about tactical things, we simply did not have the basics in this game. This should not happen again. ” – Domenico Tedesco
He confirmed that the basics were completely missing and that he expected on Saturday against Dusseldorf a completely different appearance of his team. Maybe the coach will now make some personnel changes. Bastian Oczipka and Weston McKennie trained only individually during the week but are likely to be available on Saturday. Important should be the return of Benjamin Stambouli, which should give the defense back a little more stability. This means that Domenico Tedesco has to do without three players against Fortuna. Serdar still faces a suspension, Alessandro Schöpf needs time after his torn ligament and Breel Embolo should not be an option for the West duel on Saturday with training backlog.
Expected line-up of Schalke:
Nübel – Stambouli, Sane, Nastasic – Caligiuri, Mascarell, Bentaleb, Oczipka – Uth – Kutucu, Burgstaller – Trainer: Tedesco
Last matches of Schalke:
- 23.02.2019 – Mainz vs. Schalke 3: 0 (Bundesliga)
- 20.02.2019 – Schalke Vs. Manchester City 2: 3 (Champions League)
- 16.02.2019 – Schalke Vs. Freiburg 0: 0 (Bundesliga)
- 09.02.2019 – Bayern vs. Schalke 3: 1 (Bundesliga)
- 06.02.2019 – Schalke Vs. Dusseldorf 4: 1 (DFB Cup)
With Kaan Ayhan and Marcel Sobottka, the Düsseldorfers have two actors in their ranks who were born in Gelsenkirchen and spent many years at Schalke. For both, it will certainly be an emotional return, but still they will do their utmost to build on Fortuna’s strong track record in recent weeks. From the last nine Bundesliga games brought Düsseldorf proudly 19 points. Extrapolated this yield over a whole season would mean the fight for the qualification for the premier class. The Dusseldorfer will be happy but once to have driven out the descent ghost and to be able to approach the last games of the season relatively relaxed. That does not mean Fortuna will let up. Friedhelm Funkel will try to bring the relegation as soon as possible purely mathematically under roof and subject. Therefore, we can imagine in the game between Schalke and Dusseldorf, the odds on the double chance to face X2.
Last weekend, however, an absolute show of strength was needed to get the three points in the starting duel at home against taillight Nuremberg. The club had to accept a dismissal after four minutes, but still went shortly before the break with a 1-0 lead. In the second section, the Fortuna benefited from a Nuremberg own goal.
“Of course I have many memories of the arena. It’s going to be a very emotional game. ” – Marcel Sobottka
Kaan Ayhan scored the winning goal seven minutes from time. Before the derby on Schalke, which is in the sign of revenge, Dusseldorf has big problems in the defensive midfield. Alfredo Morales (yellow card suspension) and Adam Bodzek (fiber rift) will not be available. Luckily, Marcel Sobottka has been back in good shape and can make his comeback in the old country. He is especially looking forward to returning to Gelsenkirchen. In addition to the aforementioned players, the Fortuna Jaroslav Drobny, Diego Contento and Jean Zimmer are not available. Overall, Friedhelm Funkel still has enough alternatives to bring a powerful team on the lawn.
Expected formation of Dusseldorf:
Rensing – carpenter, Ayhan, Kaminski, Gießelmann – Sobottka, Stoeger – Lukebakio, Fink, Raman – Hennings – Trainer: Funkel
Last matches from Dusseldorf:
- 23.02.2019 – Dusseldorf vs. Nuremberg 2: 1 (Bundesliga)
- 17.02.2019 – Leverkusen Vs. Dusseldorf 2: 0 (Bundesliga)
- 10.02.2019 – Dusseldorf vs VfB Stuttgart 3: 0 (Bundesliga)
- 06.02.2019 – Schalke Vs. Dusseldorf 4: 1 (DFB Cup)
- 02.02.2019 – TSG Hoffenheim vs. Dusseldorf 1: 1 (Bundesliga)
Schalke vs Dusseldorf Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
Overall, Schalke 04 and Fortuna Dusseldorf faced each other in 82 matches. The direct comparison speaks clearly with 41:21 victories for the miners. 20 times, they parted with a draw. In recent years, there were not many points of contact between the two clubs. So it is also that the last Düsseldorf victory against Schalke is more than 21 years ago. On 10 May 1997, the Fortuna won on Schalke by a goal of the Russian Alt-International Igor Dobrovolskiy 1-0. However, the Russian also saw the red card in this game. The last encounter is just four weeks back. In the DFB Cup Schalke won at home clearly with 4: 1.
Schalke vs Düsseldorf Our Betting Tip
The omens are likely to have changed since the Dusseldorf 1: 4 in early February in the DFB Cup on Schalke something. The Fortuna has peace in the club again, while Schalke rumors about various personalities are currently open to the door. The bookmakers have nevertheless decided that in the duel between Schalke and Dusseldorf lower odds are offered on a home win. After all, Friedhelm Funkel has not won against the miners since 20 games, no matter which club he tried. Currently, the Dusseldorf but in much better shape and can play completely without pressure.
Key Facts – Schalke vs Dusseldorf tip
Friedhelm Funkel has been waiting for a win against Schalke 04 for 20 games.
Schalke plays the worst Bundesliga season for 26 years.
The Schalke have been waiting for five Bundesliga games for a win.
On the other hand, the chair by Domenico Tedesco wobbles. The tension is the young coach currently reading in the face. The Royal Blues have not won since five Bundesliga games and we can imagine that this crisis will continue on Saturday. We believe that the tactically strong Fortunas should secure at least one point. The odds of up to 2.10 are not unattractive. Therefore we would dare in the game between Schalke and Dusseldorf probably a tip on the double chance X2.
Betting Tips: Double Chance X2