Nurnberg plays host to Schalke 04 on Saturday this weekend at the Grundig-Stadion in a highly anticipated match. This match is going to be closely fought.
Schalke 04 is trying to hold on to 4th place on the league table for the final Champions League spot next year, but they have a lot of teams close to them.
Nurnberg v Schalke 04 Betting Odds
- Nurnberg (3.00) / Schalke 04 (2.34) / Draw (3.60)
- Over 2.5 Goals (1.94) / Under 2.5 Goals (1.96)
Nurnberg v Schalke 04 Match Preview
Nurnberg is currently a disappointing 11th on the league table with 31 pts. Schalke is 4th on the league table with 39 pts, but there are several teams very close to them and anything but a win on Saturday at the Grundig-Stadion would be a disappointment.
The reason I expect this match to be close is because Schalke hasn’t been playing well in away matches. Schalke is only 3-4-5 in away matches this season in the top league and they have to deal with losing top striker Huntelaar to injury.
Pukki is expected to fill-in for Huntelaar this weekend at Nurnberg. That’s definitely a downgrade at the striker position, but the team has a number of other scoring threats that will need to pick up the slack including Draxler and Farfan.
Nurnberg is definitely a stronger side at home compared to on the road. Nurnberg is 4-6-2 at home with both home defeats very early in the season against Frankfurt and Stuttgart. That was apart of a 0-4 stretch, but they’ve improved since then.
Both teams are in good form right now. Nurnberg is undefeated in their L6 matches (2-4-0) while Schalke is undefeated in their L4 matches (3-1-0), which includes three straight victories over Düsseldorf, Wolfsburg and Dortmund.
The problem for Nurnberg all season has been that they have trouble scoring. They only average 1.04 GPG this season and that only increases to 1.33 GPG when playing at home. Nurnberg does play tough defence though (Concede 1.08 GPG at home).
Schalke is averaging 1.72 GPG, but that drops to 1.50 GPG when playing in away matches. With Huntelaar expected to be out it’s going to be tough scoring on Nurnberg and I expect this match to be low scoring with the under 2.5 goals presenting value.
Nurnberg has a great chance at winning this match at home as well or at the very least draw. Schalke has had trouble in away matches this season because they concede an average of 1.92 GPG, which is worse than the 1.31 GPG they concede at home.
My Prediction in the Nurnberg v Schalke 04 Match
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Nurnberg has struggled to score the entire season and even during their recent stretch they’ve had a lot of low scoring draws. I think Schalke 04 is going to have trouble scoring as well against Nurnberg who plays tough defence at home.