Lucien Favre’s men need the three points as they look to close the gap on Bayern Munich who sit four points ahead of the second-placed Dortmund. Therefore, it’s no surprise that BVB are strong favourites for the tie at the price of 8/15.
Die Schwarzgelben endured a slow start to their league campaign but have changed it around since the winter break and have won ten of their last 13 league games. Dortmund now finds themselves as the nearest challengers to the dominant Bayern once more and are most definitely in with a title shot. They’re currently in a solid run of form, recording four consecutive league wins before the recent suspension.
Young English winger Jadon Sancho is the name on everyone’s lips after an incredible season so far. The former Manchester City youngster has been linked with mega-money moves to the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United following a season that has seen him record an incredible 14 goals and 16 assists in his 23 Bundesliga appearances this season – that’s more goal involvements than any other player in the league this season.
The 20-year-old could return to action by adding to these impressive stats against Schalke. Sancho is 7/2 to score the first goal in the derby, and 5/4 to score anytime in the contest.
Elsewhere, since his signing from RB Salzburg in January, Erling Haaland has been sensational for the Black and Yellows. His £18m move is an absolute steal, with the Norwegian talisman firing in nine goals and two assists in just 512 minutes (eight appearances) of Bundesliga action. His thunderbolt against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League showed his brilliance on the grandest stage in what has been an unbelievable debut few months for the 6ft 4 marksman.
The 19-year-old is a heavy favourite to find the back of the net for Dortmund in their must-win game this weekend, with odds of 4/7 for Haaland to score anytime. Perhaps more enticing odds, Haaland to be the first goalscorer is 15/8. If you fancy the Dortmund’s goal machine to return with a flourish and bag a hattrick against Schalke, Paddy Power are offering the odds of 9/1.