Schalke have endured a terrible time recently and confidence must be at an all-time low following the 7-0 humiliation they received by Manchester City in the Champions League.
It’s hardly the only time they’ve been given a good thumping recently as they’ve lost six of seven winless matches across all competitions, conceding at least three times in each defeat and four or more in each of their last three outings, despite two of these coming against mid-table outfits Werder Bremen and Fortuna Dusseldorf.
With that in mind, Leipzig are an absolute must at evens as they’ve won five of eight unbeaten matches since late January, winning all four road trips by a combined score of 11-1.
Eibar may only have been victorious once in their last five matches (W1-D3-L1), but they’ve had some tough fixtures with three of these against top-six opponents, while their sole defeat came on the road.
They’re a team heavily reliant upon home form as only six sides have accumulated more points per game (ppg) in front of their own fans, while only three teams have picked up fewer ppg on the road.
They’re up against a Valladolid outfit that are just W1-D4-L9 across all competitions since mid-December, losing five of six winless matches since the start of February which even included a 4-0 thumping away at rock-bottom Huesca.
The visitors are further hampered by injuries as in addition to long-term absentee Luismi, they’re also without another defensive midfielder in Borja Fernandez, as well as left winger Toni Villa.
Milan have overtaken Inter in the table after putting together a great run of form, winning seven of nine unbeaten matches having finally acquired a consistent striker to lead the line in January singing Krzysztof Piatek.
The Polish striker has eight goals in as many starts, while Milan have also kept five consecutive clean sheets at the San Siro with goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and centre-back Alessio Romagnoli a large part of the reason why.
By contrast, Inter’s capture of Roma’s Radja Nainggolan in the summer was heralded as something of coup, but in hindsight it’s turned out to be a disaster as he’s struggled for fitness and form, while youngster Nicolo Zaniolo went the other way and has surpassed the Belgian’s performances.
Nainggolan is almost certain to be unavailable here, and he’s joined on the sidelines by former captain Mauro Icardi, who has a tempestuous relationship with the club ultras and the board and has quite possibly played his last game for the Nerazzuri having last featured over a month ago.
They do however miss his goals as he’s scored all but one of Inter’s last six derby strikes, with their next top scorer this term, Lautaro Martinez, only managing six so far. Inter are a mere W3-D2-L3 since mid-January, even losing to 14th-placed Cagliari and 18th-placed Bologna, and moving in the opposite direction to their city neighbours, should brace themselves for a difficult evening.
*all odds are subject to change