Schalke’s midweek game in Champions League was uneventful and finished in a dull 0-0. The group is still open to any result (when it comes to the 2nd placed team) so Schalke didn’t really afford the luxury of resting players.
They still made some changes where they had proper replacements: central defender Matip was left on the bench, same as winger Draxler. But the most important change of all was star striker Boateng being replaced by Szalai. It was a forced substitution as Boateng got injured right before the game. Now, according to the latest reports, Boateng is fit again and ready for action.
With Boateng out Schalke created few chances and could not be as pragmatic as usual. But with Ghanian striker available they can easily start scoring three goals per game again.
Stuttgart resumed the league in the worst manner possible, losing at home 2-0 in front of Gladbach. Losing a game is not shameful in itself, but being dominated the entire 90 minutes and having only shy attempts at goal is.
They rely too much on just 2 players, play-maker Maxim and striker Ibisevic. If one of those is not in-form Stuttgart can’t score. Wingers aren’t able to assume responsibility and take more actions on their own without involving one of the mentioned players.
Defenders can’t cope with the constant pressure resulted from teammates being unable to create truly dangerous chances upfront.
Most likely the ball will have just one direction, towards Stuttgart’s goal. Schalke to win at 3/4 from Ladbrokes is one of the best bets in Bundesliga this round. I’d hurry because odds could suffer a massive drop.
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