Bundesliga: Strugglers Schalke Desperate For RevierDerby Win Over Dortmund
There has never been a bigger gap in the standings between leaders Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 ahead of a Ruhr valley derby in the first half of a Bundesliga season.
But Schalke, last season’s runners-up who are languishing in 12th place, know the 19-point gap will count for nothing when they host Dortmund on Saturday in Germany’s ‘mother of all derbies’.
The Royal Blues also hope they can stretch their unbeaten run at home to five years against their in-form rivals, despite their own lacklustre shape. Victory over Dortmund would instantly ease most of the pressure on embattled coach Domenico Tedesco, with Schalke having won just two of their last six league games.
Dortmund have so far played a sensational season, having gone unbeaten in the 13 league matches, making new coach Lucien Favre the most successful newcomer in Bundesliga history.
Champions Bayern Munich, struggling this season in fourth place nine points off Dortmund, take on Nuremberg in their own Bavarian derby. Second-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach host strugglers VfB Stuttgart.