RB Leipzig vs. Schalke 04 / Bundesliga – This is another derby in this first round of Bundesliga, between teams that are at the very top of the table. Leipzig is fifth and they fell in the finish of the first part when they made four consecutive matches without a victory. Schalke is second with two points more than their host and a team from Gelsenkirchen has not for a long time played a better first half of the season, and their series without defeat is still on going. Schalke also passed in the quarter-finals of the Cup, from which Leipzig was eliminated, but they will play the sixteen finals of Europa League. In the first part of the season, Schalke celebrated in their field with 2-0. Begins: 13.01.2018. – 18:30 CET
Leipzig has failed to repeat what they did in the same period last season, but it was not expected from them, because they this time had obligations in the Champions League. They had a great desire to win the knockout stage in this competition, but they did not succeed and they had to contend with the third place, and for the first time in history they will find themselves in Europa League. They were eliminated from the Cup, but they played against Bayern, so it was not a surprise, while they in the championship unexpectedly lost some points, and were especially badly played in the finish of the autumn part.
In the previous four rounds they have made two draws and two defeats, one of which was catastrophic 4-0 from Hoffenheim and the other at home from Hertha in the last round. They kept midfielder Keito in their ranks, although it was announced that he would leave, meaning that they were practically in the same form, and Halstenberg and Forsberg are injured.
Probable lineups RB Leipzig: Gulacsi – Klostermann, Orban, Upamecano, Bernardo – Keita, Ilsanker – Sabitzer, Kampl – Ti-Werner, Y.Poulsen
Schalke has not been so good in one season for a long time and as the fruit of these good games is their second place from which they went on a winter break. Bayern is far away, but the title of the champions could not be expected objectively, so the title of the vice-champion would be a great achievement. They will in the second part of the season have a difficult task to defend it, because behind them are teams with only two points less, including Leipzig. If we count the Cup, Schalke is in a series of 13 matches without defeat, counting the Cup in which they have reached the quarterfinals.
They have not celebrated in 11th rounds and their last defeat took place at the end of September, while they in the last five rounds played four times a draw, and defeated Augsburg. In the last round, they returned to Frankfurt after 2-0 for the host, and the points came in the last seconds. They also have some reinforcements, and the most valuable is midfielder Juve, who will also be on the field in this match.
Probable lineups Schalke 04: Fahrmann – Stambouli, Naldo, Nastasic – M.Meyer – D.Caligiuri, Oczipka – Harit, Pjaca – di Santo, G.Burgstaller
RB Leipzig vs. Schalke 04 PICK
Leipzig did not play as they expected in the first part of the season and now they want to fix it from the first round of the second part, however, Schalke is very good and they are very difficult to overcome, so we expect goals on both sides of the field.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.74 at 10bet (down to 1.64 can be played)