Schalke 04 vs RB Leipzig / Bundesliga – Fact that Leipzig won two times more points than Schalke clearly tells how the season unfolded for each team. Schalke has more and more problems and the drop zone is getter closer. It suffered a true debacle in the Champions League this week. Schalke is successful only in the DFB-Pokal where Leipzig is also doing fine, but this team is successful in the Bundesliga too. Leipzig has eight-game unbeaten streak, while Schalke didn’t win in seven previously played. The two teams played a goalless draw in the first part of season.
Schalke 04 vs RB Leipzig begins 16.03.2019 at 15:30 CET
Schalke’s agony continued this week although instead of its obligation in the Bundesliga it affected one in the Champions League that will not have any more. They were eliminated in the round of 16 which was predictable outcome after home match with Manchester City that they lost by 3-2. Schalke had a lead and player more but they failed to turn that into victory. Their objective in the 2nd leg was to at last have honourable farewell, however, they suffered a true debacle and lost by 7-0. Fairly strong team had played and there is no excuse for match in which they hadn’t created a single chance.
In the Bundesliga they are in long lasting winless series, out of which they lost three previous matches. Those were heavy defeats that totalled with even 11 received goals. When we add to that number 10 goals received in two matches with Manchester City it becomes crystal clear that something is wrong with defence. They lost in Bremen to Werder 4-2 in the previous round and now we again expect new changes in the starting line-up in which will not be injured D. Caliguiri and Schopf.
Probable lineups Schalke 04: Nubel – J. Bruma, S. Sane, Nastasic, Oczipka – Stambouli, Bentaleb – McKennie, Matondo – Embolo, G. Burgstaller
Leipzig finished its European obligations some time earlier. They were eliminated already in the group phase of the Europa League but they are doing well in the Bundesliga where they lost the last time at the beginning of the second part of season to Borussia Dortmund. In six previous rounds wins and draws come after each other but in total it is eight-game unbeaten streak. It is interesting that Leipzig plays much better outside its stadium. It won at home only Wolfsburg in the DFB-Pokal in the second part of season, and besides above mentioned defeat by Borussia they drew three more times in the league.
They won four previous away matches and that is definitely encouraging ahead of match in Gelsenkirchen. We should add that their opponents in those four away matches were teams from the lower half of table and objectively Leipzig was much stronger team but they failed to win such team at home in the previous round. They dominated duel with Augsburg but they failed to score and the match ended as goalless draw. Compared to team that played then Forward Y. Poulsen will be starter now.
Probable lineups RB Leipzig: Gulacsi – Klostermann, Konate, Orban, Halstenberg – T. Adams, Kampl – Sabitzer, Laimer – Ti. Werner, Y. Poulsen
Schalke 04 vs RB Leipzig PICK
It is unnecessary to stress how much Schalke needs victory at the moment but Leipzig is in very good shape; it is unbeaten for very long and plays better outside its stadium. That is why we are not certain can the home team win, although Schalke should be able to score a goal or two, just like Leipzig.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 1.80 at 10bet (down to 1.70 can be played)
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