Preview: BVB vs Schalke
Fans will be treated to the latest installment of the Revierderby when familiar foes Borussia Dortmund and Schalke lock horns at Signal Iduna Park this Saturday. Die Schwarzgelben will be hoping to take advantage of their opponent's lousy form and make it four wins in their last five fixtures in order to keep up the pressure on Bayern and RB Leipzig who sit in second and first respectively.
Lucien Favre's men were viewed as the slight favorites to come out on top in their Champions League clash with Lazio due to the Italians' disappointing form recently, but were given a rude shock as Simone Inzaghi guided his team to a 3-1 win in what was his first ever appearance in the Champions League as a manager. Notably, former Dortmund striker Ciro Immobile, who failed to have much of an impact during his tenure at Signal Idnua Park opened the scoring for Lazio within the first ten minutes.
Regardless of the disappointment, Dortmund have a golden opportunity to keep up the pressure on Bayern and RB Leipzig when die Königsblauen. If Schalke's fans thought the team's nightmare from last season had ended, unfortunately it's still ongoing. Coach David Wagner was sacked, with Manuel Baum brought in to turn things around, but unfortunately, their downward spiral still continues. The visitors arrive at Signal Iduna Park having failed to win their last 20 games - a run extending all the way back to January of this year.
In fact, the last time die Königsblauen actually picked up three points from a league game was on January 17th when they beat Gladbach 2-0. That was then followed by a heavy 5-0 drubbing by Bayern Munich, and it's been all downhill since. Although then-coach Wagner managed to steer his side to avoid relegation and finish in 12th place, they kicked off this season by suffering an embarrassing 8-0 loss to die Roten on matchday one.
Schalke aren't dead last - they're current propped up by floundering Mainz - but they only earned their first point of the season recently, with Goncalo Paciencia coming off the bench to snatch a much-needed draw against Union Berlin last round. That ended a seven game losing streak for die Königsblauen, but unless if something shocking happens at Signal Iduna Park, it appears that the visitors may be waiting just a bit longer for that first win of the 2020/2021 season.
Team news: BVB vs Schalke
Dortmund: Both Marcel Schmelzer and Dan-Axel Zagadou are both still out with knee injuries. In addition, Thorgan Hazard and Nico Schulz are doubtful for this upcoming game.
Schalke: Shot-stopper Ralf Fährmann is a major doubt for this game due to a groin injury, while defender Ozak Kabak is suspended and midfielder Suat Serdar is still recovering from a thigh injury.
Match facts: BVB vs Schalke
- This will be the 97th Revierderby in the Bundesliga featuring Dortmund and Schalke
- Dortmund's record vs Schalke in this contest: W34 D30 L32
- However, if one counts all matches featuring Dortmund and Schalke - dating back to 1925, it's Schalke who have the better head-to-head record, with 71 wins versus Dortmund's 62 (47 draws)
- Schalke have shipped a whopping 16 goals so far - making their defense the worst in the league
- They've also failed to win their last 20 Bundesliga matches - a run that stretches back to the beginning of this year.
- Veteran defender Mats Hummels is unbeaten in his last 11 encounters with Schalke for both Dortmund and Bayern, with eight wins and three draws
- Dortmund skipper Marco Reus, who's expected to feature here, has only scored once against Schalke in nine meetings
- His only goal came back in February 2015
- Schalke's Benjamin Stambouli also has an unbeaten record in Revierderbies. Of the six he's featured in, he's been involved in teams that picked up two wins and four draws
Where to watch BVB vs Schalke live on October 24, 2020
BVB vs Schalke kick off at 09:30 PT/12:30 ET/16:30 GMT/18:30 CET
Germany: Sky Sport Bundesliga UHD, Sky Sport Bundesliga 1
Australia: Kayo Sports, beIN Sports Connect, beIN Sports 1
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UK: BT Sport App, BTSport.com, BT Sport 3
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Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04 Broadcast Information
Stadium: Signal-Iduna-Park (Dortmund)
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