A crippling injury list means Dortmund's great run at home could be in danger on Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund v Schalke – Saturday 17:30, BT Sport 2
Both of these sides made it through to the next stage of the DFB Pokal in midweek, but in Borussia Dortmund’s case it wasn’t straight forward, needing penalties to overcome Union Berlin at home. Dortmund are currently limping from one game to the other with a depleted squad due to a recent injury crisis, with top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the latest doubt. As a result they’ve won just one of their last six in 90 minutes in all competitions.
After a shocking start to the season where Schalke lost their first five league games they’ve since recovered to take seven points from their last three. Their two victories though have both come at home as they’ve picked up just one point from their four road games. They’ve not won on their travels against a top-four side since the start of the 2013/14 season going D4-L6 since, though they did find the net in seven of these. However, they’re a better side than those stats suggest and have shown their true ability in a 100% start in this season’s Europa League.
Dortmund are still an ominous proposition at home; they’re unbeaten at the Westfalenstadion Stadium in their last 25, dropping points on only four occasions. However, their injuries are potentially crippling and particularly with both captain Schmelzer, and vice-captain Reus, missing, their biggest rivals have a great opportunity to inflict further damage on an inexperienced Dortmund’s title ambitions. With Schalke’s recent improvements we fancy an upset in the RevierDerby, but as only Bayern have stopped Dortmund scoring in their last 25 home games we’ll back an away win and both teams to score.