Schalke head back to the Veltins Arena for a match against Bayer Leverkusen in the midweek action. The two teams are separated by just three points with Leverkusen holding the advantage owing to a slightly better form in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Schalke are still not beyond danger after having only a three-point advantage over the bottom three. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Schalke were held to a 1-1 draw by Augsburg during the weekend. Domenico Tedesco’s men are struggling with the threat of relegation after just managing one win in the last five league games.
Leverkusen lost for the first time in six matches after a 2-1 defeat against Frankfurt during the weekend. This result prevented them from getting three consecutive wins in all competitions.
The BayArena was the destination for the recent game between Leverkusen and Schalke. This match ended as a 2-0 away victory. Leverkusen’s last visit to the Veltins Arena saw them pick up a 1-1 draw. Our betting tips and predictions expect a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.50[/bet_tip_now]
Leverkusen have had a good record at the Veltins Arena with no defeats in the last four visits. Crucially, they have picked up three consecutive wins in this period before the sequence was broken by last season’s stalemate. Leverkusen have been offensively good but defensive issues do rob the team of valuable confidence when it comes to the game. Schalke have not been in great form this season but the Veltins Arena has provided little joy for the team. The two teams are not evenly matched in just in terms of league positions but they are also quite close in terms of quality. I would pick a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.50[/bet_tip_now]
Schalke win odds: 2.40
Bayer Leverkusen win odds: 2.90
Correct Score odds
The impact made by Leon Bailey in the game against Frankfurt makes Leverkusen a strong candidate to come up with at least a goal due to the counter-attacking strength. Meanwhile, Schalke have been able to find a goal in each of the last six matches in all competitions. Our correct score prediction would go with a 1-1 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
The recent two matches for Leverkusen have witnessed over 2.5 goals but a close contest at the Veltins Arena could end up being a difficult game to separate the two teams in terms of goals. Schalke will try to counter Leverkusen’s pace by sitting deep even if they are playing at home. Our total goals prediction would go with under 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.90[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Karim Bellarabi scored a goal and had one disallowed in the recent match against Frankfurt. The 28-year-old showed a lot of pace to come up with the consolation goal against Frankfurt and he has the potential to capitalise on Leon Bailey’s pace in the opposite side of the pitch. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Karim Bellarabi.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Karim Bellarabi at 11.00[/bet_tip_now]
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