Schalke to begin slow upward climb

Werder Bremen v Schalke
Friday 08 March, 19:30
Live on BT Sport and Betfair Live Video
Up until last night, my only success in Iceland this month had been getting a good 2 for 1 on Jammie Dodgers, but Fylkir's 3-1 win over Njardvik changed all that, and we've had three winners already this week.
We move on now to northern Germany, and a clash between Werder Bremen and relegation-threatened Schalke that could decide the fate of Royal Blues coach Domenico Tedesco.Schalke's last two displays have been utterly wretched, a 3-0 defeat at Mainz and a 4-0 hammering at home to Fortuna Dusseldorf, but I can't escape the feeling that the horror show against Fortuna might just provide the spark they need.
Schalke have good players - they couldn't have finished second in the Bundesliga last season if they didn't, and 33-year-old Tedesco still appears to have the backing of those players, many of whom were falling over themselves to absolve him of blame for last weekend's debacle. Despite those platitudes, new Head of Sport Jochen Schneider may be forced to act if Schalke lose again tonight.
The Mainz mauling aside, Schalke have looked more resolute on their travels than they have at home in the last few weeks, with the anger of the Gelsenkirchen crowd clearly affecting them. The Royal Blues have lost just two of their last six Bundesliga away matches.
Werder Bremen are unbeaten in 2019, but that doesn't tell the whole story. The Green-Whites have drawn five of their seven league games since the winter break, and all too often this term they have run out of ideas in attack. They have drawn their last three league matches 1-1, and they have only won two of their last eight league games at the Weserstadion.
Given Schalke's form, it may seem odd to back them to at least pick up a point, but I think they will against a Werder team that is seriously running out of steam.
Back Draw and Away in the Double Chance market at 1.90

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