Schalke - Leipzig prediction and analysis
This match presents us with a clash between two extremely unequal rivals in Germany.
Although if it was played at a different time, it could be classified as a derby.
Schalke have just returned to the top flight after a one-year stint in the Second Bundesliga.
But the Miners are in danger of getting back there very quickly.
Although they changed their coach, it didn't help much.
The support from the stands doesn't help them much either.
Given that Schalke lost 4 times in the previous 5 championship home games .
Like in the last 3 of them they didn't even score a goal.
For their part, Leipzig have aimed for the Top 4 .
But they certainly haven't lost hope for the title either, as their gap is not overwhelming – 6 points.
A point against champions Bayern will give Marco Rose's men wings to look for victory today.
Moreover, RB recorded convincing victories in their last three matches against Schalke – 5-0, 4-0, 3-0.
Schalke 04 - statistics and info
Schalke is far from the powerhouse of old. And it will take a miracle to stay in the Bundesliga this season.
Because at the moment the Miners are the only team with a single-digit point asset - 9 points.
Thus, after winning promotion from the Second Bundesliga last season, they can return there very quickly.
The Gelsenkirchen side got off to a poor start in their first match back from the World Cup break.
They conceded a classic 0-3 loss on their visit to Frankfurt at home side Eintracht.
It was Schalke's 9th defeat in their last 10 league matches, six of which contained at least 3 goals.
Thomas Reis' side have conceded an astonishing 35 goals in just 16 games.
Including 9 goals in 5 games since the new manager took over in October.
RB Leipzig - statistics and info
RB Leipzig is only six points away from first place in the Bundesliga.
Indeed, such was their gap from the top even before the championship was interrupted for the World Cup.
That's a fact after they finished level with league leaders and champions Bayern Munich on Friday night.
This draw was part of a sensational run of 9 wins from their last 11 official matches in all competitions.
Apart from that, Leipzig recorded 3 wins in control matches during the break.
They are a team who score easily, netting 31 times in 16 league games so far.
And 6 of their last 7 away games in the Bundesliga contained at least three goals.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Shvolov; Brunner, Yoshida, Matriciani, Uronen; Kraus, Lazza; Kozuki, Drexler, Boulter; Terode
Injured: Van den Berg, Kral, Ouveyan, Heckeren, Poulter, Tower, Zalazar
Lineup: Blazwich; Simakan, Orban, Guardiol, Raum; Leimer, Schlager; Soboshlai, Forsberg, Olmo; Silva
Injuries: Gulachi , Nkunku