Schalke 04 vs VfB Stuttgart Preview (Week 14): Schalke’s Champions League Draw Redirects Its Focus To Bundesliga

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Updated: November 27, 2013
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Schalke 04’s Champions League might have ended early, much to their sports betting followers. However, the Royal Blues are determined to show that they still have the magic and dominance that they consistently enjoy in the Bundesliga.

 

Match Date: 30 November 2013 (local time)

Venue: Veltins-Arena

 

Team Form

Schalke 04

The Royal Blues suffered a (double whammy). Being forced to settle for 2 stalemates hardly did some improvements in their rank.

 

Their first taste of an even steven finish occurred during the match against Eintracht Frankfurt where they found themselves struggling before the final whistle. Unable to protect their lead, Frankfurt’s Johannes Flum and Joselu took the opportunity to take the upper hand. Schalke was lucky that in the 86th minute of the match, Benedikt Höwedes delivered an equalizer.

 

Meanwhile, the scoreless draw against Steaua Bucuresti ended their bid in the Champions League. Despite this disappointing result, Schalke should be thankful that they can direct their focus in the domestic league.

 

Although they started slow and almost hit the rock bottom part of the table, they have managed to secure victories that catapulted them to Bundesliga’s elite group.

 

Currently, Schalke sits at the 6th spot of the table and averages on 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches. It is also important to note that they have been successful in 4 of their last 6 matches.

 

The Royal Blues, however, must work on their performance when playing in their own ground. They already lost twice in their last 6 matches and it should stop there. As clubs aspire for a better rank, Schalke cannot give their opponents the opportunity to outrank them.

 

VfB Stuttgart

Two (2) goals and a clean sheet—such is the result that Stuttgart has to endure when they fought Borussia Monchengladbach. The loss added to the club’s record of being unsuccessful in their most recent encounters.

 

Stuttgart’s lackluster performance is a major concern for many. They have only won once in their last 6 matches and they are slowly slipping away from Bundesliga’s top 10. More problems will now come their way since they are pitted against Schalke, which is as aggressive as they are. Moreover, they will be playing in a different territory, thus giving Schalke the outright advantage.

 

Football betting tip: Schalke 04 3-2 VfB Stuttgart

Schalke remains as the stronger side despite the results of their affairs in the Bundesliga and Champions League. Fourteen out of their last 15 matches saw more than 2.5 goals and this reflects their scoring prowess while playing at home.

 

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