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Preview: Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Dortmund - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Bundesliga clash between Schalke and Borussia Dortmund, including predictions, team news and potential lineups.

Schalke 04 suffered a 2-0 defeat against Hoffenheim in their last Bundesliga game ahead of their derby with bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund as David Wagner prepares to return to his former club.

Meanwhile, Dortmund's eight-match unbeaten run across all competitions came to an end as they were also beaten 2-0 by Inter Milan last time out in the Champions League.


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Achraf Hakimi celebrates scoring for Dortmund on October 2, 2019© Reuters

Schalke have enjoyed an impressive Bundesliga campaign so far this season and, despite sitting seventh in the table, they are actually just two points off surprise league leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

Despite a shaky start in which they picked up just one point from their opening two games, Wagner subsequently led his side on a four-match winning run to surge up the table.

However, their last two league outings have yielded just a single point as Schalke struggle for consistency.

The former Huddersfield Town boss will expect his team to show far more fight in their upcoming derby against title-challenging Dortmund than they did in their 2-0 defeat to Hoffenheim - particularly as Wagner once managed Dortmund's reserve team.

In turn, Lucien Favre's outfit will be keen to get one up on their former employee, but their last outing did not go to plan as Antonio Conte's Inter recorded a 2-0 victory over them.

Dortmund's form before that loss had been strong, however, having last lost a match in August, going on to record an eight-game unbeaten run.

Favre's side are fourth in the league and just a point off the top two as the Bundesliga bears witness to an early title race involving no fewer than nine teams.

They will be hoping to extend their unbeaten streak in the league to seven games as they prepare for a derby clash with Schalke.

Schalke 04 form: WWWWDL
Borussia Dortmund form: DDWDWL


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Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus celebrates at the end of the match on October 19, 2019© Reuters

Wagner is experiencing something of a midfield crisis at Schalke, with three central midfield players sidelined with injury.

Nabil Bentaleb is out, while Weston McKennie and Suat Serdar are struggling to be available for selection, suffering primarily muscle injuries.

Favre is also sweating on the fitness of key players Marco Reus and Mats Hummels, and the absence of one or both for an important game would come as a big blow.

However, right-back Lukasz Piszczek is back in training in a boost to Dortmund's full-back options.

Jadon Sancho was also restored to the side against Inter after being left out for returning late from international duty and could feature.

Schalke 04 possible starting lineup:
Nubel; Kenny, Stambouli, Sane, Oczipka; Caligiuri, Mascarell, Harit, Schopf; Burgstaller, Matondo

Borussia Dortmund possible starting lineup:
Burki; Hakimi, Akanji, Hummels, Schulz; Weigl, Witsel, Delaney; Sancho, Brandt, Hazard


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We say: Schalke 04 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

Expect an intense derby clash between these two, particularly as both are involved in the early title conversation. However, Schalke have dropped off a little in their last two games and that, combined with Dortmund's superior quality in personnel, could see the away side claim a narrow victory.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Bayern MunichBayern30215487295868
2RB Leipzig301710375314461
3Borussia DortmundDortmund29186580354560
4Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen30176755371857
5Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach30175857362156
6Hoffenheim30127114149-843
7Wolfsburg2911994136542
8Freiburg30118113941-241
9Hertha Berlin29108114350-738
10Schalke 04Schalke29910103446-1237
11Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt30106144953-436
12FC Koln29104154656-1034
13Augsburg2987144056-1631
14Union BerlinUnion Berlin2994163452-1831
15Mainz 053085173762-2529
16Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf30610143259-2728
17Werder Bremen2967163062-3225
18SC PaderbornSC Paderborn3047193262-3019

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