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Bayer Leverkusen vs Schalke Prediction & Match Preview



Bayer Leverkusen vs Schalke Prediction & Match Preview

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Schalke 04

03 April 2021 14:30 UK/ 15:30 CET Bundesliga BayArena

Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04 face each other in a David-vs-Goliath clash at BayArena. 

Bayer Leverkusen are eager to make amends for a 3-0 loss to Hertha Berlin, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Schalke. 

The likes of Diaby, Fosu-Mensah, Lars Bender, Arias, Hradecky, and Baumgartlinger remain sidelined with injuries, but Hannes Wolf can count on key players for Saturday’s clash.

Die Knappen, on the other hand, are stuck at the bottom of the table, and, as things stand now, they will almost certainly compete in the German second tier next season. 

Since Schalke experienced all sorts of problems at the back in back-to-back defeats to Wolfsburg (0-5) and Borussia M’gladbach (0-3), we are tempted to put our money on the home team. 

No fewer than ten Schalke players are out of contention through injuries, including Sane, Paciencia, Nastasic, Fahrman, Uth, and Bentaleb.

Leverkusen vs Schalke: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Bayer Leverkusen Schalke 04 played so far 46 matches.
Bayer Leverkusen won 19 direct matches. Schalke 04 won 14 matches. 13 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.87 goals per Match.

Leverkusen vs Schalke Prediction

Bayer Leverkusen in actual season average scored 2.15 goals per match. In 19 (90.48%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 15 (71.43%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Schalke 04 average scored 1.24 goals per match in season 2021. In 14 (87.50%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 13 (81.25%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Moussa Diaby, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent weeks, may be forced to miss out having had to withdraw from the France Under-21s squad due to testing positive for COVID-19.

Daley Sinkgraven, Lars Bender, Lukas Hradecky and Santiago Arias will all be assessed but are unlikely to recover from their respective injuries in time to feature, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Julian Baumgartlinger ruled out for the season after suffering serious ACL injuries.

Schalke, meanwhile, have a lengthy injury list, too, with Hamza Mendyl and Nabil Bentaleb definitely unable to make the trip to Leverkusen.

Nassim Boujellab, Ralf Fahrmann, Matija Nastasic, Mark Uth, Steven Skrzybski, Kilian Ludewig, Salif Sane and Goncalo Paciencia will all be assessed after their recent injuries but are unlikely to be risked.

However, Amine Harit should be fit to partner Matthew Hoppe in attack from the start, providing a boost in transition.

Bayer Leverkusen possible starting lineup:
Grill; Frimpong, Tah, Tapsoba, Wendell; Aranguiz, Demirbay; Bailey, Wirtz, Gray; Schick

Schalke 04 possible starting lineup:
Ronnow; Becker, Mustafi, Thiaw, Kolasinac; Serdar, Mascarell, Stambouli; Raman, Hoppe, Harit