Schalke not to beat Dusseldorf

Schalke let us down by edging to their first victory of the season at home to Mainz last Saturday, but I’m not yet convinced that they’ve turned the corner.

The shot count in that match was 15-15, with the hosts producing just two shots on target. Schalke have also lost all three of their Bundesliga away games this season, scoring just twice.

Dusseldorf impressively beat Hoffenheim 2-1 at home last month, so are capable of holding their faltering visitors to at least a draw.

Middlesbrough not to beat Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest have settled into a very useful habit of hardly ever losing, regardless of the quality of their performances.

Aitor Karanka’s side drew the majority of their games in a slow start to the season, but have improved recently by winning three of their last ffive. Most importantly, they have now lost just one of 13 games in all competitions.

That gives them every chance of securing at least a draw at Middlesbrough, who are brilliant defensively, but have scored more than once in just one of their last four home league games. Backing a 0-0 draw at could be wise.

Juventus not to beat Udinese

Juventus are well on their way to dominating Serie A again this season, but Saturday’s game at Udinese could be a good opportunity to back them to slip up for the first time.

The Italian champions won both of their first two away matches by just one goal, before overcoming the league’s worst team, Frosinone, 2-0 a fortnight ago.

Udinese are capable of bridging that margin of victory. They won and drew their first two league matches at the Stadio Friuli, before dominating the shot count in their 2-1 defeat to Lazio last time out.

Real Madrid not to beat Alaves

A combination of poor form, crucial injuries and the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo has culminated in Real Madrid failing to score in over 300 minutes of action.

Julen Lopetegui’s side – who have not won away since August – will be missing Marcelo and Isco for this game, too, with Gareth Bale also not a certainty to start.

Alaves are unbeaten at home so far this term, conceding just twice. If they can keep it as tight against a Real Madrid side struggling for chances, then they can take at least a point.


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