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Saturday's 2. Bundesliga program ends with a match from the top of the table – a fixture between Hamburg and Schalke – two of the likely teams to get promoted to the elite.
Hamburg vs Schalke: Top Free Betting Tips
Hamburg are the team that has lost the fewest games since the start of the season – only 2 in 17 games. Schalke had their ups and downs and have recorded a considerable number of losses compared to their direct opponents for the promotion. This game promises to be thrilling and unexpected as both teams have equal chances to steal the three points.
Total Goals – Over 2.5
Hamburg have truly been impressive at home this season and are among the highest-scoring teams. Six our of their 9 games at home ended with over 2.5 goals and now they face Schalke, who have had some serious problems in away games in recent months. Matches between these two teams often end with loads of goals just like the first match between them in July ended at 1:3 for Hamburg. We expect to see goals from both sides here and easily more than 3 goals, possibly even 4 or 5.
Match Result – Hamburg
Schalke have proven that they can score a lot and play well against good teams but their defense has been struggling a lot. Plus, their away performances have become a serious issue – Schalke have not won an away game in 4 rounds. Hamburg are one of two teams in the league that have not yet lost a match at home, although 5/9 games ended in a draw. They will be the leading team in this match and we expect them to score more than two goals and secure this win against the struggling Schalke.
Team Total Goals – Hamburg Over 1.5
Last but not least, we end our tips with another prediction in favor of Hamburg. We expect them to be extremely strong in this match as their form suggests it. Hamburg have scored 19 goals in 9 home games this season – in 6 of those 9 games, they scored more than one goal, including against some of the strongest teams like Darmstadt, Nurnberg, and Regensburg. Schalke's struggling defense should not be a difficult task for Hamburg's incredible attack.
Top Betting Odds and Stats for Hamburg vs Schalke
Here are the top stats for the game along with a tool to help you pick the best odds.
FAQs regarding Hamburg vs Schalke
• In which places are Hamburg and Schalke?
Hamburg and Schalke are next to each other near the top of the table. Currently, the hosts are 3rd with 29 points while Schalke are right below them in 4th place with the same number of points. The only thing that separates them is the better goal difference of Hamburg.
• What is the goal difference of both teams this season?
Both teams have been effective on the offense and generally have some of the better defenses. In Hamburg's case – the best defense in the league. The host's goal difference is 30:17 while Schalke's is 33:22.
• When does the match start?
This game has been scheduled for 19:30 UTC on Saturday, December 18.