Schalke once again look like a Champions League material. It’s been a while since I’ve seen them having such a big playing appetite. Offensively they were also impressive in the 1st part of the season, but now with striker Huntelaar back from injury the attacking potential simply skyrocketed.
Boateng and Farfan are in great form and the actions initiated by them can inflict damage in absolutely any Bundesliga defense. It appears the levels of chemistry are higher after the winter break.
The defense used to be Schalke’s weakest part, but not anymore. They are more confident now, and if by any chance anything gets through keeper Fahrmann is a wall by himself. Because of him, experienced Hildebrand is only a bench warmer nowadays.
Hannover took everyone by surprise in 2014. Last 2 rounds they played against important Bundesliga clubs (Wolfsburg and M’Gladbach) and somehow managed to win both games. The were heavily dominated but were lucky enough to concede only once and be pragmatic on counters (won 3-1 both games). If I am not mistaken they converted every single chance they had.
Hannover have only 4 offensive players with average skills but with excellent confidence in this moment.
Seeing that Schalke have improved defensively I believe they are able to deal with Hannover’s attacking players, no matter their good form. Furthermore it is hard to surprise Schalke on counters, because they use only a few players in the offensive phase. The rest of players are focused on preventing opponents to create any danger.
Schalke to win can be used with confidence in accumulators. If you want a single valuable bet, Schalke -1 (with money back if Schalke wins by 1) at evens from Bet365 is the way to go.
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