Match Preview: Schalke 04 vs. Bayer Leverkusen

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Updated: August 27, 2013
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Match Date: 31 August 2013 (local time)

Venue: Veltins-Arena (Gelsenkirchen) 

 

Bogged down by injuries and 2 consecutive losses, Schalke 04 is heading towards its 3rd consecutive defeat as it faces the fury of Bayer Leverkusen. 

 

Schalke 04

Schalke has not been meeting expectations lately. The club is yet to establish its first win in Germany’s top-flight league and so far, the odds hardly favor them.

For the past 3 matches, a draw is the best that the club can come up with. Wolfsburg thrashed them with 4 goals to nil, whilst they trailed by a single point against Hannover 96.

 

The Royal Blues’ misery never ended in Bundesliga. In the Champions League, Jens Keller and his squad failure to capitalize in their home court advantage, saw them forced a draw against an equally aggressive PAOK.
Aside from the losses, the club also struggles with injuries and suspensions from their valued players. Indeed, it is a huge surprise to see the club fall into the relegation zone.

 

Bayer Leverkusen

The Lions’ current situation is the total opposite of the Royal Blues. The former never lost in its 3 appearances. With a total of 9 points, the club is tied with the league’s strongest teams such as Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munchen. The truth is, if goal difference enters the picture, the club overpowers that of treble titleholders, Bayern Munchen.

 

In its upcoming match against Schalke 04, there is a strong possibility for the club to have the upper-hand and steal the spotlight from the hosts.

 

Sports betting tip:  Bayer goes for its third win

The Lions will never waste the opportunity to be on top of the Bundesliga table. Despite playing in foreign soil, Bayer keeps a record of maintaining a clean sheet in their last 3 away matches. Schalke’s home court advantage will less likely affect their performance. One can expect the club to create more scoring chances and take more shots just like what they did to Borussia Mönchengladbach where they had a total of 19 shots and 21% conversion rate.
Sami Hyypiä will also take advantage of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jefferson Farfan’s absence on the pitch.

 

The Royal Blues’ team captain and defender, Benedikt Höwedes will also miss the match due to a suspension. While this is yet another burden for Jens Keller, such incident signals an outright victory for Bayer.

 

 

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