Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen
Date: Sunday 11th December, 2016
Kick-off: 16:30 UK
Venue: VELTINS-Arena, Gelsenkirchen.
Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen are set to close the 14th Matchday in Bundesliga on Sunday evening when they will take on each other in one of the most interesting matches of the round. Roger Schmidt just cannot afford a failure here, which would move the team away from the top four positions even further. The visitors will arrive at VELTINS-Arena after a disappointing home draw with the newly-promoted and struggling Freiburg last weekend.
Javier Chicharito earned yet another blow to his confidence as he not only failed to score in the last seven matches in Bayer’s shirt, but he was the main person to be blamed for dropping two points as the missed the penalty-kick only two minutes from time against Freiburg! Schmidt will be without Volland, Mehmedi and Kampfl, while national team winger Karim Bellarabi will be ruled until the New Year.
Schalke 04, on the other side, were unlucky to see the end to their impressive run. The team from Gelsenkirchen was unbeaten in 12 consecutive matches in all competitions prior to the last round’s defeat to the current leaders RB Leipzig.
Markus Weinzierl has had huge troubles with injured players up front since the very start of the campaign as he still can’t count on Breel Embolo, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Franco Di Santo up front. However, Schalke managed to find goals elsewhere since midfielders and wingers were brilliant in the recent matches. Nabil Bentaleb scored four goals this season, Alessandro Schopf is at 3, just as Eric Choupo-Moting.
Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen: Head-to-Head Stats
Bayer Leverkusen were much better in head to head encounters, both generally and recently, since the visitors are unbeaten in last four matches with Schalke. Both games between the two teams in the last season offered the both teams to score option, which is exactly what we are expecting to see this Sunday at VELTINS-Arena.
Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen: Prediction
The number one betting option will certainly be both teams to score & Over 2.5 goals at 11/10, while you can certainly go with Schalke DNB option at 8/13 since we just can’t see them losing this one.
Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen: Betting Tips
Both teams to score & Over 2.5 goals in the match 11/10 (2.10)
Draw no Bet – Schalke at 8/13 (1.60).