FC Nurnberg v Schalke 04 Preview

December 20, 2013 | By

Sky Bet - £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountGerman Bundesliga action Saturday Evening comes from the Grundig-Stadion featuring FC Nurnberg v Schalke 04 Preview.

View our Betting Preview, Team News, Head to Head Statistics, Tips, Picks, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BT Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 17:30pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

FC Nurnberg v Schalke 04 Preview, Bundesliga, Saturday 21st December 2013

It has been an absoloute disaster of a season so far for FC Nurnberg as they remain the only club in the Bundeslgia yet to win a game and although they have picked up 10pts from 10 draws, their fans are obviously extremely dissapointed and unless things change, Gertjan Verbeek’s side look destined for relegation come next May.

Schalke 04 are having quite the opposite season than their hosts having secured 27pts so far and currently occupy 6th place in the Bundesliga table and just 6pts behind the Champions League qualification places. Jens Keller and his players will see this game as a real chance to close that gap on the sides above them and are going to be difficult for FC Nurnberg to contain on saturday evening.

FC Nurnberg v Schalke 04 Team News

FC Nurnberg Team News:

Antonio Marcos and Timo Gebhart will miss this game as they still receive treatment for respective injuries and Emanuel Pogatetz also misses out as he serves a one match suspension. 4-2-3-1 looks the likely formation that manager Gert van Verbeek will use for this game which will see Daniel Ginczek leading the attack up front with support in behind being provided by Drmic, Kiyotake, Hasebe and Hlousek.

Striker Josip Drmic is the clubs current top goalscorer this season with 6.

Schalke 04 Team News:

The visitors have a whole host of players missing this game. Benedikt Howedes, Dennis Aogo, Marco Hoger, Anthony Annan, Julian Draxler and Jan-Klaas Huntelaar are all unavailable as they continue to recover from respective injury problems. 4-2-3-1 looks the likely formation that manager Jens Keller will deploy for this game which will see Szalai leading the attack up front with support from midfield coming from Farfan, Meyer and Fuchs.

Midfielder Jefferson Farfan is the clubs current top goalscorer this season with 6.

FC Nurnberg v Schalke 04 Head to Head Statistics

Saturday evening’s game from the Grundig-Stadion will become the 55th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which FC Nurnberg have won 15 times (11 at the Grundig-Stadion), Schalke 04 have won 26 times (11 at the Grundig-Stadion) and there has been 13 draws (5 at the Grundig-Stadion).

The head to head statistics table below shows the last 5 matches played between the two sides and shows both sides having won 2 games each and the remaining game having finished all square.

16/03/13 BUN FC Nurnberg – Schalke 04 3 : 0
27/10/12 BUN Schalke 04 – FC Nurnberg 1 : 0
11/04/12 BUN FC Nurnberg – Schalke 04 4 : 1
19/11/11 BUN Schalke 04 – FC Nurnberg 4 : 0
26/02/11 BUN Schalke 04 – FC Nurnberg 1 : 1

Average Goals Per Game?

140 goals have been scored during the previous 54 matches which gives us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.59 which suggests that this game should see at least a couple of goals scored on Saturday evening.

FC Nurnberg v Schalke 04 Recent Form (Last 5 Games – Left to Right)

FC Nurnberg: L D L D D

Schalke 04: W L L W W

Schalke 04 have a clear advantage on the recent form statistics having secured 9pts from a possible 15pts which have included 3 victories and 2 defeats. FC Nurnberg have only managed to secure 3pts from a possible 15pts which consisted of 3 draws and 2 defeats. FC Nurnberg are the only side this season to yet have won a match in the German Bundesliga.

FC Nurnberg v Schalke 04 Match Betting Odds Market.

FC Nurnberg have yet to win a game this season and their current best odds of 12/5 with Coral (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) don’t suggest that statistic changing on saturday evening.

The Draw will probably see plenty of interest from punters what with FC Nurnberg having drawn 10 of their 16 matches played this season and at a current best price of 13/5 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) it does seem worth getting on as your main cover bet for this game.

Schalke 04 head into this game on the back of two successive victories and that should be all the confidence that the players need on saturday evening to make this victory number three and at a current best price of 6/5 with Ladbrokes (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) this does look the value play here.

FC Nurnberg v Schalke 04 Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

FC Nurnberg have to start winning games if they are to avoid losing pace with other sides above them, but it’s difficult to see them winning on saturday evening against an inform side like Schalke 04, despite having had much the better of the results in this fixture over previous years.

Schalke 04 can make it victory number three on the bounce if they win this game and having only been defeated once away from home in their last six matches they certainly look the value play here to be on at what are decent odds considering they are up against a side that has forgotten how to win matches.

The goal stats suggest at least a couple of goals to be scored in this game and with this fixture over the last two seasons having seen 8 goals scored we should be in for a very entertaining evening of football and betting markets like Over 2.5 Goals, Both Teams to Score YES and Anytime Goalscorer’s should provide some additional value, but i’m going to go for the visitors to continue winning ways and secure maximum points from this one.

The Verdict

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