Bayer Leverkusen vs Schalke: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 7:13 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 7:13 PM UTC

Two in-form teams could yield a goal fest...
<div><h2>Bayer Leverkusen vs Schalke</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Saturday, December 7, at BayArena</strong></a></p><p>Two of the strongest teams in the Bundesliga will lock horns for an eagerly anticipated contest at BayArena on Saturday. The hosts will be surging with confidence after securing a 2-1 victory over champions Bayern Munich last time out. They had to ride their luck at times, but a first-half brace from Leon Bailey ultimately handed them all three points. They had just 25% of the possession in that game, but they should see more of the ball on Saturday. Schalke are third in the table and they have won four of their six away games so far this season, so this looks like developing into a really tight clash.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Bayer had key defender Jonathan Tah sent off in the 82<sup>nd</sup> minute of that win against Bayern Munich. He will be suspended for this game, so Daley Sinkgraven could come into the defence alongside Sven Bender, although Aleksandar Dragovic and Panagiotis Retsos are alternative options. Star player Kai Havertz was only fit enough for a place on the bench in the Bayern game, but he could return to the starting 11 for this game. Leverkusen have injury concerns, and Kevin Volland and Bailey will be dangerous up front in this match.</p><p><a href=";a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Schalke extended their unbeaten streak to five league matches when they beat Union Berlin 2-1 at the weekend. David Wagner’s men are missing injured holding midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, so the defence does not have a great deal of protection right now. Striker Benito Rahman has only scored twice this season, but Suat Serdar has fired in six goals from midfield, and nine players in total have found the back of the net for Schalke. They are without defender Salif Sané, but Ozan Kabak and Matija Nastasic have struck up a strong defensive partnership.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Both of these teams are in good form, so it might be an idea to avoid the outright betting and look at goals markets instead. Bayer Leverkusen have only kept four clean sheets in 13 games, whereas Schalke have just three in that time. The absence of Tah will also hurt Bayer. Yet both teams are good going forward: Leverkusen have only failed to score in three matches, and there have only been four games in which Schalke have failed to hit the back of the net. Both teams to score looks like a good option, as games between these teams finished 1-1 and 2-1 last season.</p><p><strong>Tips: <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Both teams to score at 1.70 (7/10) with Bet365; both teams to score and under 5 goals at 2.25 (5/4) Bet365 Bet Builder</a></strong></p></div>
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