Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction and Betting Preview, 14 Jun 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 1-1
Schalke 04 seem to have lost their footing ever since the league restart, plunging to tenth spot on the standings. In fact, they are on the verge of dropping into the bottom half of the table. For a side touted to be in the running for the title pre-season, the Royal Blues have been largely underwhelming.
Match status: 2019-20 Bundesliga - Matchweek 31
Kick-off:
Venue: Veltins Arena (Gelsenkirchen)
They had been on a roll since the start of the campaign, pushing for a top-six finish. However, the COVID-19 break must have done more harm than good to the whole Schalke squad, with the Gelsenkirchen-outfit failing to hit the ground running since returning to the pitch.

With many calling for the sack of head coach David Wagner, the German tactician has received a vote of confidence from the club’s board of directors. Nonetheless, you get the feeling that failure to steady the ship at the club over the coming weeks will cost Wagner his job sooner rather than later.

Scheduled to take on Champions League hopeful Bayer Leverkusen, the Royal Blues have not been presented with the kindest of fixtures to get their faltering campaign back on track. Can Schalke 04 finally resuscitate their stuttering campaign with a surprise win here? Time will tell.

Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen Team News

Failure to secure a single win since the league restart has placed Schalke 04 into a very precarious situation. They are just three points away from drowning into the bottom-half of the table – a drop that is likely to leave the club supporters devastated.

Last time out, on the road to take on Union Berlin, Schalke 04 were touted huge underdogs for the fixture. Sometime ago, the bookies would have comfortably touted the Royal Blues to breeze past Urs Fischer’s side with ease. Fast forward to a couple of months and Die Eisernen are favorites to defeat Schalke 04. The plot twist!

Following an 11th-minute Union Berlin lead through Andrich, the home side looked on-course for a victory over their weak opposition. David Wagner’s side struck back inside 28 minutes to bring scores level, salvaging an important point to remain in the top-half of the standings.

Bayer Leverkusen, on the other hand, had runaway league leaders Bayern Munich to contend with on the last match-day. Outclassed throughout the game, the visiting contingent knocked Die Werkself for six, posting a 2-4 win on the board.

It goes without saying that Schalke 04 have been the worst side in the league in recent weeks. They have gone 14 matches on the bounce, without a single win to their name, and have admitted defeat in seven of their preceding nine clashes across all competitions.

At this venue, David Wagner’s charges are on a seven-game winless run and had lost four of their last eight games at the Veltins-Arena. Could things get any worse for this Gelsenkirchen side?

In sharp contrast, Bayer Leverkusen are high-flying in the league. Level on points with fourth-placed Monchengladbach, a win here will see them leapfrog their arch-rivals into the final Champions League spot. They have remained undefeated in 17 of their preceding 20 games, winning 16 of these fixtures.
 
Noteworthily, they are on a five-game winning run on the road, and are unbeaten in their last eight. To crown it up for Die Werkself, they have registered no less than two goals in 17 of their previous 21 match-ups.
 

Injured or Suspended Players

Schalke 04: Benjamin Stambouli, Suat Serdar, Amine Harit, Guido Burgstaller, Omar Mascarell and Salif Sane.

Bayer Leverkusen: Karim Bellarabi and Kai Havertz.

Pre-Match Odds

Schalke 04: 6.45
Draw: 4.64
Bayer Leverkusen: 1.55

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.

Who will win the match?

Schalke vs Bayer Leverkusen Predictions

Taking all these into consideration, Bayer Leverkusen are very likely to have a stroll to victory on Sunday evening. Their impressive credentials speak volumes for them, and coming up against an out-of-sorts Schalke 04 side, a comfortable victory is guaranteed. Expect an away win with Die Werself registering no less than three goals before the sound of the final whistle.
Our Betting Tip:
Over 2.5 @ 1.77
Correct Score:
Schalke 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen @ 21.00

Predicted Score-Related Betting Tips

Both Teams To Score:
BTTS @ 1.85
Match Winner:
Away Win @ 1.54
Over/Under:
Over 2.5 @ 1.77
Goalscorer:
Volland To Score @ 2.50
Handicap:
Away -1.5 AH @ 2.48
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