Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen
Date: Sunday 11th December, 2016
Kick-off: 16:30 UK
Venue: VELTINS-Arena, Gelsenkirchen.
Schalke snapped a seven-game unbeaten run in their most recent fixture last Saturday after they were nipped by current league leaders RB Leipzig, 1-2, on the road at the Red Bull Arena, as per BBC Sport.
Leipzig striker Timo Werner broke the game's deadlock with a spot kick right in the second minute of the match off a foul by Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann inside the penalty area.
Head coach Markus Weinzierl's side was able to find the equalizer in the 31st minute with a left-footed shot from the left side of the box by Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac.
However, Leipzig got a huge break in the 47th minute when Kolasinac had an own goal, giving the hosts the winning goal to stay unbeaten in the season.
With the loss, Schalke remained in the eight spot of the league table. They are tied on points with Bayer Leverkusen, who are in ninth place, but has a higher goal difference.
Meanwhile, Bayer is coming off a 1-1 draw with last season's 2. Bundesliga champions SC Freiburg at their home field of BayArena also last Saturday, ESPN reported.
German midfielder Janik Haberer scored the opening goal for Freiburg in the 30th minute with a right-footer from the center of the box off an assist by Italian midfielder Vincenzo Grifo.
Head coach Roger Schmidt's team was able to equalize in the 60th minute with a goal from Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu from a pass by teammate Julian Brandt.
Bayer is on a three-game winless slide after winning their two previous matches.
Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen: Head-to-Head Stats
Bayer Leverkusen were much better in head to head encounters, both generally and recently, since the visitors are unbeaten in last four matches with Schalke. Both games between the two teams in the last season offered the both teams to score option, which is exactly what we are expecting to see this Sunday at VELTINS-Arena.
Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen: Prediction
The number one betting option will certainly be both teams to score & Over 2.5 goals at 11/10, while you can certainly go with Schalke DNB option at 8/13 since we just can’t see them losing this one.
Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen: Betting Tips
Both teams to score & Over 2.5 goals in the match 11/10 (2.10)
Draw no Bet – Schalke at 8/13 (1.60).