A look at the Key Battles in Borussia Dortmund’s home game against Schalke

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Borussia Dortmund are set to host FC Schalke on Saturday, although the Revierderby will be played without fans in the stadium.

Dortmund take on Schalke in the Bundesliga in what will be a very unique Derby as it will be missing the key component, the atmosphere. Amidst the increasing caution and fear surrounding the coronavirus the DFB has ruled that the game will be played behind closed doors. Without the fans the Derby will simply not be the same, and with professional sports changing their policies minute by minute, it’s now becoming a question of will the derby be played at all.

Without any indication otherwise, it seems as though Bundesliga games will continue as usual this weekend, just without the fans. Here we will take a look at some of the key battles that are going to shape Dortmund’s clash against Schalke.

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – DECEMBER 08: Bastian Oczipka of FC Schalke 04 and Jadon Malik Sancho of Borussia Dortmund battle for the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund at Veltins-Arena on December 8, 2018 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images)

Jadon Sancho vs Bastian Oczipka

Jadon Sancho will likely square off against Bastian Oczipka on Saturday, and the pair are not meeting for the first time. They have faced each other several times over the past couple years so they are no stranger to one another. Oczipka doesn’t possess the pace to keep Sancho in check but he does have superior physicality he will definitely try to use to his advantage.

Although Oczipka may think he can muscle Sancho around, Sancho’s quick feet could easily dominate this battle. If Sancho is able to use pace and creativity to get around Oczipka it could be a very long day for the Schalke defender. He will be forced to take away Sancho’s time and space in order to have any chance of keeping him at bay.

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