Bayer Leverkusen visit the Veltins-Arena this weekend to play Schalke in what ought to have been a pulsating shootout for a Champions League place. The home team’s alarming slump since the Bundesliga returned has put pay to that, but there’s still some money to be made on this match.
Where and when: Veltins-Arena – 14 June, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Schalke vs. Bayer Leverkusen: BT Sport
Last time: Leverkusen beat Schalke 2-1 at the BayArena in early December, with Lucas Alario netting a brace before Benito Raman pulled one back for the visitors.
Schalke v Bayer Leverkusen Predictions and Preview
Things have been pretty even between these two teams over recent years, with each club winning two of their last six meetings, with a pair of 1-1 draws in the other two. However, Leverkusen are unbeaten in their last three against Schalke, and more than have the upper hand on current form.
The away team come into this game on the back of four wins from their six matches since the restart, with their two defeats against Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich their only losses in their last 16 in all competitions. A comfortable 3-0 victory over fourth tier Saarbrucken in the German Cup at the weekend was a good way to put last week’s defeat to Bayern behind them.
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Leverkusen to win and BTTS
Leverkusen to win 2-1
Volland to score first
Schalke, meanwhile, have failed to win any of their six matches since football returned. They did manage to avoid defeat for the first time with a 1-1 draw away to Union Berlin last time out, but that result still took them to 12 games without a win in the Bundesliga. David Wagner must be fearing for his job, after seeing his side plummet from top-four hopefuls to mid-table mediocrity.
Die Konigsblauen won’t even be able to rely on their home fans for some much-needed support this weekend, with this fixture yet another ‘ghost game’ due to the coronavirus pandemic. There have been more away wins than home since the Bundesliga started back up, and we expect that trend to continue in this fixture.
Especially considering Schalke’s injury list, with Die Knappen potentially missing as many as eight players for this game. Omar Mascarell, Jean-Clair Todibo, Amine Harit and Guido Burgstaller are all injured, along with Matija Nastasic, Rabbi Matondo and Suat Serdar. Benjamin Stambouli is also listed as doubtful.
Leverkusen head coach Peter Bosz has far fewer fitness problems, although star man Kai Havertz could miss this game with a muscle problem. Lars Bender and Karim Bellarabi are also doubtful, but Daley Sinkgraven is back in training.
Even if Havertz doesn’t make it, Leverkusen should get the job done with the wind in their sails since the restart. They are now 18 points clear of Schalke and level on points with fourth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach, with RB Leipzig another three points up the road. Leverkusen are the 3/5 favourites for the win this weekend, while Schalke are 5/1 and the draw is 7/2.
One to watch for Schalke: English defender Jonjoe Kenny notched his second Bundesliga goal in scoring the equaliser against Union Berlin last weekend, and he is an outside shot at 45/1 to net his third by breaking the deadlock in this one.
One to watch for Leverkusen: If Leverkusen’s top scorer Havertz misses out there’ll be more pressure on Kevin Volland to deliver the goods on Sunday. He needs one more goal to reach double figures for the season in the Bundesliga, and is 23/5 to get it with the opener.
Long shot: Leverkusen’s win against Schalke earlier this season was the first home win in this fixture in 10 meetings. Leverkusen won four of those, all by one goal. The visiting Werkself are 5/2 to win this game by one goal, and 15/2 to win 2-1. Those odds rise to 43/1 with Volland scoring first.