Bayer Leverkusen – Schalke Prediction & Preview and Betting Tips (25.02.2018)


Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04 meet in BayArena, in a match for the 24th round of the Bundesliga. The two teams tied (1-1), on 29-09-2017, in the previous match for this edition of the league. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the visiting team, which records 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 4 matches. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium was on 04-24-2017, for the Bundesliga, which ended with the victory of Schalke 04 by (1-4). The goals of the match were scored by S. Kießling (69 ‘), for Bayer Leverkusen, and G. Burgstaller (6’ and 50 ‘), B. Höwedes (10’) and A. Schöpf (18 ‘), for Schalke 04. Despite being a match between 3rd and 5th of the table, it is really a match between the 9th classified in home matches and the 5th as a visitor.

Bayer Leverkusen:

The home team is currently in the 3 rd position, with 38 points won, after 10 wins, 8 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in a home match against Hertha BSC, by (0-2). In the last match, they won in an away match against Hamburger SV, by (1-2). This is a team little affected by the house factor, since it conquered similar results at home and abroad. In the last 10 home league matches Bayer Leverkusen has a record of 5 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses, so they have won 18 points out of 30 possible. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 23 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 8 times and only managed 2 comebacks.

The Leverkusen come to this game motivated, after a triumph outsider, by 1-2, in the visit to the land of Hamburg: Bailey and Havertz marked the goals of the victory. The local team is known for its deadly counterattacks, being that it has eximios players for this function. To point out that the Leverkusen usually gives a good answer when it is in a disadvantaged position. Unlike the rival of this day, the whole house must act in a tactical system in 4-3-3, with the aim of using the sides to invest in the offensive process. Thus, it is guessed that the Leverkusen adopt a more offensive posture, with the aim of trying to command the game. Coach Heiko Herrlich will not be able to count on Lars Bender, Wendell and Jonathan Tah, for being injured.

Schalke 04:

After 10 wins, 7 draws and 6 losses, the away team is currently in the 5 th position, with 37 points won. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Bayern München, by (2-1). In the last match, they won in a home match against Hoffenheim, by (2-1). This is a stronger team in their stadium, where they have won 22 points, against only 15 in their away games. In the last 10 away league matches Schalke 04 has a record of 4 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses, so they have won 15 points out of 30 possible. In their home league matches the most frequent final result at halftime was 1-0 (4 out of 11 matches). The team allowed goals to the opponent in 9 of the last 10 matches, so he has not presented great defensive solidity, but his attack has scored regularly, as he has always scored at least one goal in the last 10 matches for this competition. In 23 matches in this competition, they only won 1 comeback in the 9 matches they suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 11 away matches for this competition: they have scored 6 of their 16 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).

Schalke enter this day motivated, after a home win, by 2-1, at the reception at Hoffenheim: Kehrer and Embolo scored the goals of victory. Unlike the rival of this day, the foreign team must act in a tactical system in 3-4-3, with the objective of taking advantage of fast transitions. In any case, it is guessed that Schalke adopts a more defensive posture, with the aim of trying not to suffer the first goal. The two great gaps of the visiting club are the completion of goal opportunities and the fact that sometimes fails to avoid the trap of offside. Coach Domenico Tedesco will not be able to count on Weston McKennie and Pablo Insua, for being injured.

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