Could be worse. You could've lost to Spurs..
True. That'd have been embarrassing - beaten by Spurs without scoring a single goal
How Dortmund will fail and end up with nothing this season is really the only positive right now. At least we still have the chance to win the cup.
Unibet got just 2.50 on Schalke to finish in top 4, and the highest I've been able to find is 2.80. As discussed above, the second place was a bit of a miracle last season, and it will be much more difficult this season, as there's also Champions League. However, I see the team as significantly stronger this season, and 16 % chance of a top 3 finish is a joke. Below my preferred lineup and the alternatives for each position.
...aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand Tedesco is gone! Two days wasted for Schalke after the debacle against City to prepare for Red Bull, but hey, at this point, what difference does it make?
Stevens and Büskens take over, which was expected but is totally unimpressive.What is Huub going to do? Park the bus as usual? Well, that's what got you there in the first place.
Get ready for a rough end to the season for the smurfs and next year, "Pretty" Bruno Labbadia might show up... Schalke, the gift that keeps on giving.
#17 and #18 are reserved for Hannover and Nürnberg. That leaves #16 which would lead to relegation games against #3 of the 2. Bundesliga. As of now, Stuttgart is 4,5 points behind Schalke. Augsburg is practically even with S04. Stuttgart shouldn't be there and their performance has been positive over the last 3 games. The schedule the rest of the way is so-so for them, no more Bayern, BVB or Red Bull, but a lot of tough road games and they are 1-2-10 away from home.
Augsburg has a soft remaining schedule, their next two games are against Hannover and Nürnberg, they get Stuttgart at home and S04 on the road. Their last two games were against the BVB and Red Bull: One win, one draw, just 1 goal against them.
Schalke is a dead team and they play against everybody in the basement: H96, Nürnberg, Stuttgart and Augsburg. The other 5 games are super tough against Red Bull, Frankfurt, Hoffenheim, BVB and Leverkusen.
Augsburg will pass by Schalke, so it's Stuttgart vs Smurftown with the match between them on gameday 34. If Stuttgart goes on a run, S04 is in trouble. However if S04 beats Nürnberg and Hannover and maybe steals a point once or twice, I don't know if Stuttgart is able to collect 13+ points the rest of the way. Really close and depending on how the teams are coming out of the national team break.
The relegation games would probably be against Union Berlin or St. Pauli. However if the HSV drops to 3rd place, then watch out...Maybe odds of 15-20 for Schalke to go down would be interesting...
Berlin-BVB, what a game! 5 goals, lead changes, huge amount of shots on goal, game winner being scored in extra time, a LOLsy red card, but most importantly, we're still alive in the title race!
Sancho is the best player in the Bundesliga right now, absolutely incredible player!
They really want to make things exciting
Yeah, but the rest of the Bundesliga prefers to take it up the bum once Bayern shows up. The last 3 games for them against Gladbach, Wolfsburg and Mainz:
3 wins, 17:1 goals. I mean, come on...Even Schalke only lost 3-1 in Munich!
Speaking of Schalke: Now they suspended the next guy with Bentaleb! What a dumpster fire...
The next gameday is in 2 weeks: BVB plays at home against Wolfsburg and Bayern travels to Freiburg. Then a week later it's Bayern-BVB!
Schalke travels to Hannover and Stuttgart to Frankfurt. A must win game for Schalke as well as for Hannover.