Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen Match Prediction

By William Hall

Schalke welcome Bayer Leverkusen to Veltins Arena this weekend in the Bundesliga. Schalke come into this one off the back of back to back defeats against Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim meaning a reaction will be expected on Friday evening. Bayer Leverkusen put their loss to Hertha Berlin behind them as they saw off Hamburg 3-0 on Sunday. With Schalke looking to bounce back and Bayer hunting back to back victories for the first time this season, this one shapes up to be an entertaining encounter. Read on for a full match preview complete with all our best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Betting Tips and Predictions

An interesting little stat about this fixture is in four of the last five meetings between the teams; they away team has walked away with all three points. With Leverkusen in good form coming into this one, I wouldn't be surprised if that happened again. However, I wouldn't put that down as one of the safest bets this weekend. It's always a very tight encounter between these two. Besides the last result, all six of the last meetings has been separated by no more than one goal which shows how evenly matched these two are.

With Schalke coming into this one off the back of back to back defeats, you would expect to see a reaction from them this weekend, but with them not beating Leverkusen at home in their last three meetings, it could be a harder evening for the side than they expect. Leverkusen come into it having smashed Hamburg in their last game, but it;s fair to say this one is going to be a lot tougher. They have had joy in this fixture recently, winning three times in a row at the Veltins Arena. I expect them to get something once again this Friday.

Bayer Leverkusen double chance - 11/20

Under 2.5 goals - 11/10

Schalke 04 saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

Bayer Leverkusen saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Schalke 04

AVG Goals

1.3

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Schalke 04 Form Guide

Schalke 04 Team Logo

Schalke 04

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
W A

09-03-2018

1. Bundesliga

Mainz 05 Team Logo Mainz 05

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

17-03-2018

1. Bundesliga

Wolfsburg Team Logo Wolfsburg

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

31-03-2018

1. Bundesliga

Freiburg Team Logo Freiburg

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

07-04-2018

1. Bundesliga

Hamburger SV Team Logo Hamburger SV

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

15-04-2018

1. Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund Team Logo Borussia Dortmund

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

18-04-2018

DFB Pokal

Eintracht Frankfurt Team Logo Eintracht Frankfurt

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

22-04-2018

1. Bundesliga

FC Cologne Team Logo FC Cologne

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

D H

28-04-2018

1. Bundesliga

Borussia Moenchengladbach Team Logo Borussia Moenchengladbach

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

05-05-2018

1. Bundesliga

Augsburg Team Logo Augsburg

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

W H

12-05-2018

1. Bundesliga

Eintracht Frankfurt Team Logo Eintracht Frankfurt

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Bayer Leverkusen Form Guide

Bayer Leverkusen Team Logo

Bayer Leverkusen

Won

4

Draw

2

Lost

4
L A

18-03-2018

1. Bundesliga

FC Cologne Team Logo FC Cologne

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

22-03-2018

Club Friendlies

Bochum Team Logo Bochum

FT 5 - 2

(HT 4 - 1)

D H

31-03-2018

1. Bundesliga

Augsburg Team Logo Augsburg

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

09-04-2018

1. Bundesliga

RasenBallsport Leipzig Team Logo RasenBallsport Leipzig

FT 1 - 4

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

14-04-2018

1. Bundesliga

Eintracht Frankfurt Team Logo Eintracht Frankfurt

FT 4 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

17-04-2018

DFB Pokal

Bayern Munich Team Logo Bayern Munich

FT 2 - 6

(HT 1 - 2)

L A

21-04-2018

1. Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund Team Logo Borussia Dortmund

FT 4 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

28-04-2018

1. Bundesliga

VfB Stuttgart Team Logo VfB Stuttgart

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

05-05-2018

1. Bundesliga

Werder Bremen Team Logo Werder Bremen

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

12-05-2018

1. Bundesliga

Hannover 96 Team Logo Hannover 96

FT 3 - 2

(HT 2 - 0)

Schalke 04 Preview

Schalke have had a very inconsistent start to the season, winning three and losing three of the opening six matches. The defeat in Schalke's last game was down to conceding an early and late goal which both could have been down to a lack of concentration. Hoffenheim took advantage of a sloppy back pass from Schalke with Dennis Grieger slotting home in the 13th minute. From then until the 93rd minute, the game was very end to end with Schalke threating to score the equaliser, but just before the final whistle substitute Lukas Rupp scored the second for the home team which saw them gain all three points. Schalke can take a lot of positives for the game but will be worried after failing to score in three of their opening six matches. The strikers are yet to get firing this season with four of the clubs strikers who have made appearances scoring just one goal.

Schalke 04 Team News

Schalke have four players out for the game. Here is the full list along with their injuries; Bastian Oczipka (ill), Donis Avdijaj (ankle injury), Nabil Bentaleb (muscle injury) and Alessando Schopf (back injury).

Bayer Leverkusen Preview

Bayer Leverkusen had a poor start to the season, losing two and drawing one of their opening three matches. However, they have picked up since by winning two of their last three. Their last game saw them smash Hamburg 3-0 at the Bay Arena thanks to two goals from Kevin Volland in both halves and Lucas Nicolas. It was two goals in the 20th and 23rd minutes which all but wrapped up the game for Leverkusen. As soon as they got the second, they looked a different team. Leverkusen started playing football with a lot more confidence and swagger which was a lot better to see. However, with Schalke on the horizon, they will need to once again up their game this weekend. Kevin Volland has been the main goal threat for Leverkusen this season, with four goals in his opening six games. This is a great improvement for the German after scoring just six goals in the whole of the last campaign.

Bayer Leverkusen Team News

Leverkusen have just the three players out with lars Bender (foot injury) and Tin Jedvaj) both sidelined.

Schalke 04 Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.4

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Bayer Leverkusen Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.8

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen Sidelined Players

Schalke 04
23 Coke Injured
3 Pablo Insua Injured
28 Alessandro Schoepf Injured
Bayer Leverkusen
16 Tin Jedvaj Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Ralf Faehrmann 196 95
5 CD Matija Nastasic 187 83
20 CD Thilo Kehrer 186 72
29 CD Naldo 198 89
11 AM Yevheniy Konoplyanka 176 69
24 RM Bastian Oczipka 184 81
25 AM Amine Harit 179 66
2 CM Weston McKennie 185 84
18 LM Daniel Caligiuri 186 81
8 CM Leon Goretzka 189 76
36 CF Breel Embolo 184 86
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Bernd Leno 190 83
18 RB Wendell 176 71
5 CD Sven Bender 186 80
4 CD Jonathan Tah 194 95
3 LB Panagiotis Retsos 185 76
20 CM Charles Aranguiz 171 71
10 RM Julian Brandt 183 82
8 CM Lars Bender 185 81
38 LM Karim Bellarabi 183 72
13 CF Lucas Alario 184 79
31 CF Kevin Volland 179 81