The visitors are hoping to move up to 2nd place in Bundesliga when they visit Gelsenkirchen, and this is my Schalke vs. Leverkusen Preview for that duel.
Schalke Recent Form & Team News
Schalke 04’s fall from grace continued last time out with a 4-1 loss which in turn extended their winless Bundesliga run to 25 games, a streak that witnessed them concede 2+ goals in ten of their last 12 matches. Notably, six more winless games would see Schalke equal the record for the longest ever winless run in Bundesliga history held by Tasmania Berlin back in 1965/66.
Unfortunately for Die Knappen, manager Manuel Baum is without a win in four H2Hs with Bayer Leverkusen (D2, L2), although his side did get on the scoresheet in both home games. However, Schalke could finish strongly here, as all home goals they’ve conceded this term came before the hour mark, whilst two of their paltry three-goal home haul came beyond the 60th minute.
Player to watch: Schalke’s Mark Uth has never lost a game vs. Leverkusen (W1, D1) and assisted the sole goal across those two H2Hs.
Hot stat: Only six sides in Bundesliga history have picked up fewer than three points by this stage. Schalke also registered three points after nine games in 1967/68, and only narrowly escaped relegation.
Manuel Baum will be without Nabil Bentaleb, Amine Harit, Vedad Ibisevic (all inactive), Ralf Fahrmann (knee), Ozan Kabak (groin), Ahmed Kutucu (illness), Rabbi Matondo (knee), Bastian Oczipka (muscle), Goncalo Paciencia (knee), Frederik Ronnow (hip), and Salif Sane (knee).
Leverkusen Recent Form & Team News
Leverkusen remain unbeaten this Bundesliga campaign (W5, D4), and are favorites to continue that run in this clash, as they travel here with an impressive 80% unbeaten rate as a league favorite since the start of last season (W20, D8, L7).
Expect a quick start as Leverkusen have led at both HT/FT in a league-high three Bundesliga away games this term (of five). Contributing to that is the fact they scored as many goals between 16’-30’ (three) as they’ve managed in the entire second half of away league games. However, they’ve also won the only away match in which they conceded first (4-2).
Player to watch: Patrik Schick has scored in one of his four Leverkusen games since returning from injury, and may lead the line again should top-scorer Lucas Alario remain sidelined.
Peter Bosz cannot count on Lucas Alario (knee), Aranguiz (Achilles tendon), Santiago Arias (broken shinbone), Sven Bender (ankle), Kerem Demirbay (illness), Tin Jedvaj (illness), Exequiel Palacios (back), and Paulinho (knee).
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