After three winners and three losing bets, Kev's backing Schalke to continue their revival in the Bundesliga.
"Schalke have taken 13 points from their last five games, while Hoffenheim have lost three of their last four home matches, and haven't scored in any of those defeats."
Royal Blues to keep rising
Hoffenheim v Schalke
Sunday 20 October, 17:00
Live on BT Sport and Betfair Live Video
Borussia Dortmund returned to winning ways on Saturday night, but only just. A 1-0 victory over league leaders Borussia Monchengladbach justified their status as odds-on favourites, but in truth the Foals failed to convert several excellent chances, and they should really have been awarded a penalty.
We're still in slight profit for the week, and we'll look to enhance that with another German jaunt. We're heading south to Sinsheim, because Hoffenheim are in action against resurgent Schalke.
Hoffenheim made club history a couple of weeks ago, as they won 2-1 at Bayern Munich, recording their first ever away win against the record champions. It was by far their best display of the season, and it makes the rest of the campaign so far all the more baffling.
Despite those heroics in Bavaria, I still maintain that Hoffenheim haven't quite got to grips with the demands of new coach Alfred Schreuder. TSG have lost three of their last four home games, and they have only won two of their last 11 Bundesliga matches. They have failed to score in three of their last four league outings in Sinsheim, and although star striker Andrej Kramaric may finally return from injury today, he'll be well short of match sharpness.
Schalke have taken 13 points from their last five games, and it should really have been 15, but they conceded a last-gasp equaliser against Koln on Matchday Seven. September's Bundesliga Player of the Month Amine Harit has sparkled, scoring and making goals on a regular basis. The club's injury list has steadily shortened, and coach David Wagner has made a hugely positive impact since arriving in the summer.
Schalke have won their last two Bundesliga away games, and they haven't lost on the road since early March. I'll back them to win here with a bit of a safety net, using the Draw No Bet market.
Points Staked: 144
Points Returned: 133.13
P/L: -10.87 points
Back Schalke Draw No Bet at 1.9520/21