The Royal Blues is ready to take advantage of RB Leipzigs slight inconsistency to bump up their position on the table this weekend. They are now still on the sixth with thirty six points or still four points away from the one on the fifth. However, their mission will not be easy as Julian Nagelsmanns men have been confident with their current form despite the fact that only two consecutive wins they have had. David Wagners mens form is actually not in their best too. Thus, it will be a tricky but still exciting clash.
Schalke had a disappointing result in Bundesliga last week. They were held in a goalless draw by Mainz. Their attacking side seems, once again, unable to optimise their shots on target and goals which led them to be winless in their last four games of Bundesliga.
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Timo Werner and Co had a positive result in their away fixture of Champions League knock out stage. They were dominating the match and eventually managed to win over Jose Mourinhos Tottenham by a single goal of Timo Werners penalty.
Missing players and probable lineups
David Wagner has been employing various formations so far this season like 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 or 4-3-1-2. Unfortunately, some players are doubtful for these fixtures due to the minor injuries such as Suat Serdar, Salif Sane and Benjamin Stambouli. Another name who will be absent is Daniel Caligiuri.
Schalke: Alexander Nubel; Matija Nastasic, Ozan Kabak, Jonjo Kenny, Bastian Oczipka; Omar Mascarell, Weston McKennie; Armine Harit, Ahmad Kutucu, Benito Rahman ; Michael Gregoritsch.
Julian Nagelsmann has various formations he can opt for, from 4-4-2, 3-4-3 or his preference during his time in Hoffenheim, 3-1-4-2. He relies on the key figures will be Timo Werner, Marcel Sabitzer and Emile Forsberg at the front. They are quite versatile and have done well for various role at the front or in the midfield. Unfortunately, some names will be ruled out such as Willi Orban, Kevin Kampl, Tyler Adams, Konrad Laimer and Ibrahima Konate.
RB Leipzig: Peter Gulacsi; Dayot Upamecano, Marcel Hastelberg, Lukas Klostermann; Amadou Haidara, Nordi Mukiele, Angelino, Christopher Nkunku; Emile Forsberg, Marcel Sabitzer; Timo Werner
In the last six meetings, Schalke and RB Leipzig share the same number of win, draw and loss. No wonder that this clash is expected to be even.
David Wagner’s men’s winless run is still unlikely to end in this match as RB Leipzig is also avoiding losing any more points again to keep pace their bid in a title race with Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and possibly Borussia M’Gladbach. Nagelsmann might be deploying the same tactic while taking on Tottenham in Champions League. If Timo Werner and Co could maximise their attack, Schalke will be in trouble.
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