Bundesliga Preview: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Schalke 04

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Updated: October 24, 2014
Bayer Leverkusen- Week 9

Match Date: 25 October 2014 (local time)

Venue: BayArena

 

Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04 were successful in their recent Champions League matches. However, this does not mean that it will also  translate in Bundesliga. Pitted against each other, the sports betting favorites will fight tooth and nail just to prove that they are the better squad.

 

The contenders

Bayer Leverkusen

A 2-0 win against Zenit St. Petersburg propelled Bayer on top of Champions League’s Group C. Its impressive performance suggests a high possibility of advancing into the tournament’s next stage—a clear take off from their early exit last season.

 

Unfortunately, the squad does not seem to fare well in the domestic league. It slipped to the 6th spot of the Bundesliga table after being forced to settle with an even steven finish against Vfb Stuttgart. The result was quite disappointing since they have already taken a  2-point lead before the first half ended. Yet, a lack of consistent defence permitted their opponent to equalize.

 

Schalke 04

Schalke currently enjoys the momentum of snatching a win in both of their Champions and domestic league matches.

 

The Royal Blues escaped a down the wire match against Sporting Lisbon with a score of 4-3. Back in Bundesliga, they stole the spotlight from Hertha Berlin after scoring two (2) goals without conceding.

 

Possible head turners

Heung-Min Son has already established himself as one of Bayer’s most reliable striker and he could readily pull off a win, if given the chance to do so. As for Schalke, the dynamic duo of Julian Draxler and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will definitely tie-up to prevent any attacking punishment from Bayer.

 

There is also a possibility for the match to end in an even steven finish.

 

Prediction

Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Schalke 04

 

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