Everybody in Gelsenkirchen want to forget the match with Real Madrid in the Champions League played during the week and lost with 0:2. Schalke has been aware that has a minimal chance against white ballet and now has to concentrate on the battle for the Top 4 in the Bundesliga. Now at "Veltins-Arena" arrives convenient rival, who has been defeated with 3:0 in the autumn. Schalke fans hope of an easy victory, but the form of Werder Bremen in the New Year is deadly. We expect endlessly exciting match of the 22nd round of the Bundesliga. The odds for the game offered by the leading bookmaker bet365 are as follows: 2.05 for a home win, with a draw at 3.50 and 3.60 for the victory of the guests.
The defeat from Real Madrid was expected and now Roberto Di Matteo has to adjust his team to battle on the home front. In the game against white ballet, Italian specialist has available the star of Schalke - Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. For the matches in the Bundesliga, the Dutchman is suspended and will not play against Werder. This means that Eric Choupo-Moting will be the only striker for Schalke against Werder. He will be assisted by the rear edge of Kevin-Prince Boateng and Tranquillo Barnetta. In the camp of hosts still have quite injured players. Because of injuries, the match against Werder miss Jefferson Farfan, Julian Draxler, Chinedu Obasi and both goalkeepers Ralf Fahrmann and Fabian Giefer. In their absence Timon Wellenreuther will start in the frame. He showed good class against Real Madrid and Di Matteo should be calm for the presentation of the goalkeeper. Despite his weak performances against Real, central defender Joel Matip will keep his place among the holders of Schalke.
Fifth consecutive victory in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen came against Augsburg (3:2) and now the team takes the 8th position in the standings, only 3 points of the places entitling participation in tournaments. All of the camp of Bremen are delighted with the work of Viktor Skrypnyk and can be safely said that Werder is the pleasant surprise of the spring season. Now for this important visit on "Veltins-Arena", Skrypnyk is not being able to rely on the injured Philipp Bargfrede, Melvyn Lorenzen, Marnon Busch, Alex Galvez and Ozkan Yildirim. Assani Lukimya-Mulongoti will earn a place in central defence and in midfield will be the young Felix Kroos.
The composition of the hosts has important absences, which can affect on the performance of Schalke. Werder Bremen is in great shape and we think that guests will leave with a point or three from the forbidding "Veltins-Arena".
Prediction Schalke - Werder Bremen: X2
Odds: 1.80 at bet365