Schalke vs Bayer Leverkusen
Date: Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: VELTINS-Arena (Gelsenkirchen).
Die Werkself went unbeaten in three straight league games before returning to the old habits at the weekend when they fell 2-1 away at Eintracht Frankfurt. Heiko Herrlich’s men are thus still far away from the European spots contest, much like their mid-week rivals Schalke who are also having an underwhelming Bundesliga campaign this term,
The hosts sit three points shy of Bayer in the bottom half of the league ladder after being winless in last three Bundesliga ties. They managed to save a point on Saturday afternoon away at WWK Arena where they drew 1-1 to Augsburg. It was Daniel Caligiuri who cancelled Gregoritsch’s opener for Fuggerstadter on the occasion.
Schalke vs Bayer Leverkusen: Head-to-head
Leverkusen were the more successful side in the history of head to head meetings with Die Konigsblauen.
The visitors lead the head to head tie by 11 wins coming into the landmark 70th encounter with Schalke 04.
However, Die Konigsblauen were much better in the most recent history as they picked up two wins and a draw from three previous fixtures against Bayer.
Both teams scored in four of last six head to head games.
Schalke vs Bayer Leverkusen: Prediction
Both teams managed to go beyond the group phase in their respective Champions League and Europa League campaigns. A win here could be vital for both managers in terms of their domestic league hopes. Schalke enjoyed a fine home form with two impressive wins over Hannover and Nurnberg, but they saw it come to an end in a 1-2 loss to fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund in the Ruhr derby.
Leverkusen are winless in last three league games on the road. They shipped six goals during a streak of two defeats and a draw against the likes of RB Leipzig, Nurnberg and Eintracht Frankfurt. Since Schalke shipped at least a goal in each of last four league affairs at VELTINS-Arena, we have to go with the BTTS as the main betting option here.
Schalke vs Bayer Leverkusen: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.70 (7/10)
Schalke or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5).