Paderborn vs Schalke: Tips and prediction – 17.12.2014

By on December 17, 2014
If we take a look at the odds offered by bookmakers we can say that Paderborn and Schalke will face each other in one of the most balanced games of this fixture in Bundesliga.
Paderborn are new-promoted in Bundesliga and they had a good start of the season, but their form decreased in the past few weeks. The home side is coming after five fixtures without a win, being on the 10th position right now, with 18 points and a 20-24 goal difference, their biggest problem being the defence. Paderborn ticked three wins, four draws and one defeat in eight home games.
Schalke 04 managed to win three games in a row, but their good run was stopped by FC Koln last weekend, losing 1-2 in front of their fans. If we talk about away games, Schalke have not impressed us, ticking only two wins and no fewer than five defeats. Julian Draxler is still the most important missing player. Farfan, Kolasinac, Goretzka, Obasi and Boateng are also injured.
Paderborn vs Schalke 04 probable lineups:
Paderborn (4-2-3-1): Kruse – Wemmer, Strohdiek, Hunemeier, Bruckner – Ziegler, Rupp – Stoppelkamp, Bakalorz, Meha – Saglik.
Schalke 04 (3-4-1-2): Fahrmann – Howedes, Kirchhoff, Neustadter – Uchida, Hoger, Aogo, Fuchs – Meyer – Moting, Huntelaar.
Prediction: X2 @ 1.45
Altough Paderborn are very strong in front of their own fans and Schalke struggled this season at away matches, we expect at least a draw for the guests, having a much stronger squad at first view.
The best odds for Paderborn vs Schalke: 2.75 – 3.50 – 2.50

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