High-flying Fortuna Dusseldorf can make a real statement by beating one of just three serious title contenders, whereas Schalke aim to become the first team to beat the newly promoted side this term.
While it is fair to say that many people were surprised to see F95 make it to Bundesliga, we are at pain to explain the team’s amazing start of the new season.
Fortuna are still unbeaten this season, having picked up 9 points from first 5 Bundesliga games, but what is even more impressive is that they haven’t conceded a single goal in the process.
After keeping five successive clean sheets, Norbert Meier’s side are 4.80 (18/5) with BetVictor to extend the impressive run to six games.
First choice keeper Fabian Giefer has returned into action after recovering from injury, meaning that boss Meier now has fully fit squad to choose from.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Giefer – Levels, Malezas, Langeneke, Van den Bergh – Bodzek, Fink – Kruse, Ilso, Lambertz – Schahin.
Following some promising showings last term, Schalke entered the new league campaign with big ambitions, hinting they could even mount a serious title challenge.
The Miners have done really well so far, picking up 10 points from first 5 league games, but the 2-0 home defeat to arch rivals Bayern Munich was difficult to swallow.
The team responded well to the major setback, having recorded a 3-0 win over Mainz in midweek, but they are now in for a tricky away tie against in-form Fortuna.
Even so, Schalke look a good bet at 1.95 (19/20) offered at Stan James to inflict the newly promoted side the first defeat of the campaign.
Boss Huub Stevens is likely to make some changes to the starting line-up, with Tranquillo Barnetta and Julian Draxler pushing for starting places after the great cameo roles in the 3-0 win over Mainz.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Unnerstall – Uchida, Howedes, Papadopoulos, Fuchs – Jones, Neustadter – Draxler, Holtby, Barnetta – Huntelaar.