We're heading to the Ruhr for a big cup clash, and Kev's backing the in-form visitors.
"Werder have beaten Schalke home and away in the league, their forwards are on red-hot form, and the hosts have lost their last three matches at the Veltins Arena."
Back Werder Bremen Draw No Bet at 2.0421/20
Royal Blues' season to take another nosedive
Schalke v Werder Bremen
Wednesday 03 April, 19:45
Live on German Football YouTube feed
We went to the fashion capital of Milan looking for riches last night, and ended up in rags, as the Rossoneri led against lowly Udinese, only to throw that advantage away in a 1-1 draw.
To Germany now, and a fascinating DFB Cup quarter-final clash between ailing Schalke and Werder Bremen. Although they reached the last 16 of the Champions League this season, Schalke's domestic campaign has been pretty awful. They have collected just 26 points from 27 league games, and Sunday's 1-0 victory at rock-bottom Hannover was far from convincing. The Royal Blues have lost their last three home games in all competitions, and have only won three of their last ten at the Veltins Arena.
Conversely, Werder are on the charge. Their bright young boss Florian Kohfeldt has just been named as Coach of the Year in Germany, and the northern giants are still unbeaten in 2019. At one stage they were simply drawing too many games, but now the combined brilliance of forwards Max Kruse and Milot Rashica as helping them turn draws into wins. Kruse has racked up six goals and three assists in his last four games, while Rashica has scored four goals in his last three club outings.
Werder have beaten Schalke home and away in the Bundesliga this season, outplaying the Gelsenkirchen side on both occasions. Although Phillip Bargfrede and Fin Bartels are injured, most of their key players are fit, and if Werder start well, the home crowd could turn against their own players pretty quickly.
Werder have already knocked Borussia Dortmund out of this competition, and I think they can add another Ruhr giant to their list of victims.