Darmstadt vs Schalke Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
Darmstadt 98 vs Schalke 04 predictions for Sunday’s late Bundesliga action.
Darmstadt VS Schalke Predictions
Full Time: 2 - 1
Half Time Result - Draw
Reason For Darmstadt VS Schalke Betting Tips
Though Darmstadt 98 can still mathematically survive the drop, just six matches remain for the Lillies to make up the 14-point gap between themselves and safety from the relegation zone. With just 15 points to their name and a goal difference of -37, Darmstadt have the worst record of any Bundesliga side since the introduction of the three-point rule in 1995, so needless to say that things look ominous for Torsten Frings’ side.
Schalke 04 seemed back to their best in last weekend’s 4-1 win at home to the rejuvenated Wolfsburg, so a surprisingly weak performance on the road to Ajax in the Europa League on Thursday was no doubt disappointing for coach Markus Weinzierl. Schalke left the Netherlands with a 2-0 deficit after the first leg and find themselves still four points shy of the top six in the Bundesliga, so a match on the road to bottom of the table Darmstadt 98 should be the perfect opportunity for Schalke 04 to bounce back.
Schalke 04 are the bookies favourites here at 4/6 with bet365, and though we fancy the visitors chances, there’s much more value to be had backing “half time result – draw” at 7/5 with bet365 for the following reasons: first and foremost, while Darmstadt are all but relegated, we don’t expect them to let themselves be embarrassed in front of their home fans. Expect business as usual for the Torsten Frings’ side, who have proved solid enough at home in the first half so far this season – Darmstadt have been drawing at half time in 58% of their home matches, including against Borussia Dortmund just a few weeks back. Meanwhile, though Schalke are the much better side on paper, the Royal Blues have been much weaker on the road than on their home turf, particularly in the first 45 minutes – Schalke have been drawing at half time in 77% of their away matches this season.
Regarding a correct score bet, Darmstadt find themselves at the bottom of the table for a reason – the Lillies have failed to score in 43% of their home matches. With under 2.5 goals scored in 62% of Schalke’s away matches, expect a low scoring affair where Schalke clinch a second half winner. As such, we feel a 1-0 Schalke win at 7/1 with bet365 – a result which has landed in 15% of Schalke’s away matches – is a decent shout here.