A midweek battle between two clubs struggling to restart is on the schedule as Fortuna Dusseldorf host Schalke on Wednesday May 27, 2020. This game will air live on FS2 at 2:30 p.m. EST.
Fortuna Dusseldorf enter matchday 28 on 24 points and occupying the relegation playoff position. Dusseldorf are three points clear of Werder Bremen in the automatic relegation spot and are three points behind Mainz in safety. It will be an interesting final few weeks for Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Schalke now find themselves in a European battle as they currently sit on 37 points and in eighth place. The Miners are just two points back of sixth place Wolfsburg but are just three points clear of 11th place Hertha Berlin. The end of the season is going to be intriguing as Schalke going either finish in a Europa League spot, or as low as 14th in the table.
Below is my pick for the Bundesliga action between Fortuna Dusseldorf and Schalke. All odds are from BetRivers Sportsbook.
Fortuna Dusseldorf (+170) vs Schalke (+160) Draw (+230)
What a mess by Fortuna Dusseldorf this past weekend as they had three points in hand, on the road, but choked the game away in the final few minutes. Dusseldorf were leading 2-0, thanks to goals from Kenan Karaman and Erik Thommy, but two goals in the final five minutes by Anthony Modeste and Jhon Cordoba saw FC Koln come away with a 2-2 draw. Fortuna have now drawn three straight games, and four out of their last five, and are still looking for their firs twin in five Bundesliga games. Dusseldorf are the third worst home club in Germany thanks to a 3-4-6 record and 13 points.
It’s been a horrific restart for Schalke as they followed up their 4-0 road loss to Borussia Dortmund with a 3-0 home loss to relegation candidate Augsburg. Schalke had most of the possession but never threatened Augsburg and deserved the loss on Sunday. The Miners have now lost four out of their last five games and are looking for their first Bundesliga win since January 17th. Schalke are a mid-table road club thanks to a 4-4-5 record and 16 points.
Series History: These two clubs have met in 12 competitive matches and it is it Schalke who holds a narrow 4-5-3 advantage.
Game Prediction: This is a tricky one as Dusseldorf are unlucky to not have two wins since the restart, and Schalke look the like the worst team in the league, but I am going to back a draw in this one.
2020 Results: 39-28