In live football today, we are all set for the first Rhein Derby of the season when Borussia Dortmund host bitter rivals Schalke 04 at the Signal Iduna Park in what promises to be a scintillating affair.
There were hymns of praise for Ciro Immobile as Lazion humbled Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the sides’ first Champions League game of the season. The Germans looked out of sorts and the defeat was no way to prepare for a rival in Germany.
The game against Lazio was not worthy of a top level Bundesliga team and Schalke would be eager to climb their way out of a rather murky situation they’ve put themselves in.
The residents of Gelsenkirchen are in 17th place in the league standings and have only one point from four games.
The Revierderby has come too soon for the Westphalia club who sacked David Wagner a few weeks ago and replaced him with Manuel Baum.
Borussia Dortmund looking for consistency?
The 3-1 defeat at the hands of Lazio was no way to start their European journey. Lucien Favre would be understandably livid at his team’s inability to show more solidity at the back.
They made a good start to the new Bundesliga campaign but the defeat against Augbsurg could come back to haunt them. Nonetheless, BVB are still one of the most exciting teams in Germany and boast a plethora of attacking options.
They currently trail league leaders RB Leipzig by a point and stand in 3rd place in the league standings. Indeed, BVB need to continue picking up three points and prepare themselves for the season’s Der Kalsiker against Bayern Munich which is also on the horizon.
Dortmund – Schalke to be a one-sided encounter
In all honesty, Schalke are going to be in for a very tough time as they look to find a way out of the early relegation scrap they’ve put themselves in. Baum’s task gets all the more tougher with the fact that they have found the net only twice in four games. Moreover, the team’s defense is leaky to say the least, conceding 16 goals, the most amount of goals any team has conceded in both the Bundesliga and the 2.Bundesliga so far this season.
While fans did expect a tough season ahead, they did not expect their team to roll over that easily.
The trip to Signal Iduna is not going to be a good one either. BVB average 2.26 goals when playing at home while meetings between these two rivals average three goals.
Schalke have been poor away from home as well, losing their last four games on the road. Moreover, Borussia Dortmund have not conceded a single goal at home so far this season which makes The Blues’ task herculean.
The game is set to be a high scoring encounter but keeping form and history in sight, it is clear that the hosts are favorites this time around.
Players in spotlight
Giovanni Reyna (BVB)
While he has only just started playing regular first team football, the young American is proving to be a better player than his father Claudio ever was. The young midfielder has made a bright start to the new campaign, providing three assists in four games while also scoring a goal.
The youngster was expected to be eased into senior football but his assured displays in midfield have given him an undroppable status.
The game against Schalke would be another test for the teenage midfielder but we expect him to shine in his first derby.
Jado Sancho (BVB)
The England international has made a relatively quieter start to the new campaign if we are to compare his exploits from the previous season. Two years ago, Sancho missed training ahead of BVB’s game against Schalke due to the death of his grandmother. The youngster was even asked by sporting director Michael Zorc if he was emotionally fit to play.
He started the game and scored the winning goal – a sensation solo effort. In doing so, Sancho became the first Englishman and the youngest ever player to score in a Revierderby.
He hasn’t looked back since and has grown in stature and is expected to shine against his team’s bitter rivals once again.
The game promises to be a very open yet one-sided affair and we wouldn’t be surprised if the hosts register a 3-0 win over their troubled rivals.
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