Schalke 04 vs VFB Stuttgart (Friday, 19:30)
VFB Stuttgart have adjusted well to life back in the Bundesliga and they will be looking to maintain their 100% road record when they travel to Schalke on Friday night.
Thomas Hitzlsperger's troops are flying high in fifth place having won both of their Bundesliga away games – eye-catching away wins at Mainz and Hertha Berlin.
Out-of-sorts Schalke, meanwhile, are second-bottom with just one point from their opening five matches and have now gone a club-record 21 matches without a league win.
David Wagner was binned following an 8-0 thumping away at Bayern Munich, however, new manager Manuel Baum will be hard tasked to prevent another season of struggle given that the Royal Blues have been crippled by financial issues.
A Stuttgart victory at the VELTINS-Arena on Friday night will attract plenty of attention at 6/5 with Bet 365, however, I'm going to opt for an alternative angle when making use of the Bet 365 Bet Builder feature.
The combination that I'm going to pull together to present us with a backable 4/5 punt is over one match goal, over zero Stuttgart goals, over five match corners and both teams to collect at least one card.
Schalke's wretched run of no league win since January can be attributed to their leaky backline – the Gelsenkirchen outfit have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 17 German top-flight tussles.
The Royal Blues rearguard have shipped 19 goals across five matches this term and given that seven of their last eight league games have produced over 2.5 goals, I'm more than happy to back at least two match goals on Friday night.
Stuttgart have scored in each of their five league matches this season and I fancy Die Roten to notch up at least one strike on Friday night when they come up against a confidence-stricken Schalke side.
With Stuttgart matches averaging 11.6 corners per game this season I'm also happy to add over five match corners to the combo, and one card apiece should go close given that both teams currently occupy a place in the top-five of this season's disciplinary standings
What's more, the above-mentioned Bet Builder would have banked profit in all five of Stuttgart's Bundesliga matches thus far, and that only adds to the appeal of siding with a repeat on Friday night.
- Over 1 Match Goal, Over 0 VFB Stuttgart Goals, Over 5 Match Corners & Both Teams Over 0 Cards – Bet Builder – 4/5 (Bet 365)