By - Published at 2020-09-22

FC Schalke 04 vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Leverkusen will not make a mistake

Match preview:

When we look at Schalke’s streak in the last five games we would come to the conclusion that this is one of the worst teams in Bundesliga. In reality, it is different, but still team didn’t show its full potential during this season.

A really uncertain match awaits us, and Schalke is facing the pressure of achieving a good result given that he is playing in front of his fans. This, however, will not be easy at all, as we know very well that Leverkusen is a team that no one should underestimate. Additionally, they want to achieve victory as they are searching for the final Champions League spot.

Schalke team news:

As before the break of the championship, Schalke continued with desperate results even after the break. They won only one point in five games, in the last round against Union Berlin. The Europa League is further and further away, as they are now in 11th place. They have 5 points and a game less than seventh-placed Hoffenheim.

The last victory in the championship was achieved in mid-January against M’gladbach, and since then there have been a series of 12 games without a win.

On top of that, they have big injury problems, especially in midfield, as Amine Harit and Suat Serdar ended the season prematurely. Also, the defenders Salif Sane and Matija Nastasić are out of the line, so coach David Wagner will be forced to improvise.

Looking at the last 10 appearances, this club hasn’t won a single game.

Probable lineup: Nübel, Kenny, Kabak, Oczipka, Miranda, McKennie, Caligiuri, Boujellab, Schöpf, Gregoritsch, Raman.

Leverkusen team news:

With the victory over the fourth division Saarbrucken a few days ago, Leverkusen advanced to the finals of the German DFB Cup. By the end of the season they will have a big fight for fourth place with Borussia Moenchengladbach. At the moment, they are tied in points, with Bayer having a game less. Because of that this away game is of great importance for them. A victory in this match would put them in advance before the last three rounds of the season.

They have suffered two defeats in the last three rounds, both at their BayArena, but M’gladbach has also had the same effect, so they still hold everything in their hands.

Team star Kai Havertz has missed the previous two games and should return to the squad today. This is great news for the team , as the 21-year-old is in fantastic form for the rest of the season. In 2020 he scored 12 goals in all competitions. Bosz will not be able to count on Karim Bellarabi and Lars Bender due to injuries.

Probable lineup: Hradecky, Dragović, Bender, Tapsoba, Amiri, Aranguiz, Demirbay, Sinkgraven, Wirtz, Havertz, Diaby.

Match prediction:

During this season Leverkusen has a better performance on the road than at home. In the last 8 away games and all competitions, they have achieved 7 wins and one draw. Schalke is in a big crisis, they have won only two points in the previous eight games in the Bundesliga. Additionally, they are burdened with considerable personnel problems due to injuries.

In the previous five mutual duels in Gelsenkirchen, Bayer has won four times, with one draw. Schalke lost almost all chances for the Europa League, while this match is extremely important for the team from Leverkusen for placement in the Champions League. We believe that they will take all three points from the Veltins-Arena.

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