Schalke 04 v Darmstadt 98 - Sunday 14:30, BT Sport 3
Schalke are on a great run of form at the moment, winning nine of 11 unbeaten matches across all competitions, and they continued their perfect start to the Europa League with a 2-0 win over Nice on Thursday. However, they remain in the bottom-half of the table but given their home form they should be able to stave off the threat from a poor Darmstadt side. They’ve won each of their last six at the VELTINS-Arena in all matches, conceding just twice, and will be full of confidence going into this clash.
Darmstadt have lost four of their last five top-flight outings as well as an embarrassing recent DFB Pokal game against mid-table Sudwest Regionalliga side Astoria Walldorf. They’ve lost each of their last six road trips (including the game against Astoria Walldrof), failing to score in four of these, and we don’t think they’re at all likely to score on Sunday given Schalke’s recent defensive record. We’re backing the hosts to win to nil at 2.15.
Darmstadt have only conceded two first-half goals in their last eight Bundesliga matches, with 81% of the 21 goals they’ve let in this season coming during the second half. This makes the half-time/full-time market interesting as Schalke have drawn the first half in seven of their last 10, failing to score during the first half in four of the last six. As a result, we also like the look of draw/Schalke at a bigger price.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus