Football expert Ryan Elliott gives his tip and preview for Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Schalke
It’s no exaggeration to say that Schalke are the worst side I’ve seen since the Bundesliga has returned.
They were on a poor run before the league was postponed, and they’ve certainly picked up from where they left off; they’ve been dismal.
You could perhaps excuse them for being hammered by Dortmund, but their capitulation against an average Augsburg side, who made them look like a pub team, was inexcusable, and the problems are mounting up for David Wagner, whose youth policy is simply not working.
While they’re not the most swashbuckling of sides themselves (evidenced by just 29 goals in 27 games), Uwe Rosler has turned Fortuna into a gritty, hard-to-beat side, and that’s exactly what Schalke are not. It’s hard to see them blowing teams away, but if you want three points, you’ll have to rip them from their cold, dead hands.
Fortuna dominated Koln for most of their meeting, and while they surrendered a two-goal lead and two crucial points right at the death, they’ll still feel a victory in this one is very much in their hands.
This is the perfect time to play a Schalke side who have no discernible identity, momentum or confidence, and it’s hard to see how they pick themselves up for a trip to face a Dusseldorf side who will firmly believe they have what it takes to survive.