RB Leipzig VS Schalke 04 Prediction
RB Leipzig have given the first position in German Bundesliga as a result of Bayern Munich’s 3-1 victory over Mainz 05 on Friday night, but “The Red Bulls” have yet to play their round 13 fixture, when the “Red Bull Arena” is set to stage last game from Saturday’s schedule – facing a newly promoted club from Leipzig against Schalke 04. Visitors from Gelsenkirchen are also in form and “The Royal Blues” head for Leipzig after five consecutive wins, also being unbeaten since a 2-1 defeat from their away game vs Hoffenheim in end of September. Thus we have one of the very intriguing encounters from the 13th game week in German Bundesliga and clash matching RB Leipzig with Schalke 04 definitely falls on our attention.
RB Leipzig vs Schalke 04 – Team News and Match Preview
RB Leipzig impresses and continues thriving under Ralph Hasenhüttl’s management, which apparently arouses some comparisons with Leicester City’s accomplishment in season 2015-16, when “Foxes” lifted the English Premier League trophy. Well, RB Leipzig are making it in even more impressive way, since they’re absolute newcomers in top tier of German football, but they’ll have huge competition in face of Bayern Munich.
The only Bundesliga member from former East Germany shares first position with its reputable Bavarian opposition, but RB Leipzig can climb at the peak once again, even if they win a point on Saturday night. “The Red Bulls” can boast with 9 wins and 3 draws after first 12 rounds, making them one of the main pretenders if not for the Bundesliga plate, then at least for UEFA Champions League football next season. And if someone has predicted RB Leipzig will be on their current position right now, probably any other would answer him in a provocative way, redirecting him to the nearest psychiatric clinic.
Schalke 04 began the season with a horrible fashion and with five consecutive defeats in first five Bundesliga rounds. Newly appointed coach Markus Weinzierl was under huge pressure but it seems that Schalke’s positive results in the UEFA Europa League were key to their resurrection and despite their flawless performance on the European scene, now Schalke 04 can also touts with five wins and two draws in last seven league games. That solid record places “The Miners” on the 8th position with 17 points, although they are well-aware team cannot move higher in the standings, no matter what happens here. Indeed, Schalke 04 is on four points behind its fierce regional rival Borussia Dortmund (7th), but in long-term they can certainly aim to a better positioning.
RB Leipzig vs Schalke 04 – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Schalke’s overall unbeaten run includes 12 games and in that streak they have only two draws – 1:1 vs Markus Weinzierl’s former club Augsburg, as well as goalless edition of the Revierderby from end of October. Since then “The Royal Blues” have five wins in five matches and two of them were in the Europa League, where Schalke 04 already secured first position in its group. This allows them to set their whole focus and efforts towards game vs RB Leipzig, while upcoming clash against RB Salzburg on Thursday night will be entirely of protocol character for both teams.
Markus Weinzierl will have to chase sixth win in a row, or at least 13th game without losing, but he cannot count on the injured quartet – Coke, Atsuto Uchida, Breel Embolo and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Absence of last two is the main issue here and it reduces Schalke’s attacking strength, but they can still pick among players with offensive functions like Max Meyer, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Franco Di Santo, although latter is not fully fit and he is expected to start from the bench. This means Choupo-Moting should lead Schalke 04’s attack again, while Markus Weinzierl has no reason to make any rotations from squad that won 3-1 over Darmstadt 98 last weekend.
RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim are the only unbeaten Bundesliga sides, at least before beginning of regular football stream on Saturday afternoon. Furthermore, “Red Bulls” from Leipzig enter in current round with even greater winning streak than of Schalke – seven consecutive wins. Their first and only defeat was in August, when RB Leipzig lost on penalties from its regional rival Dynamo Dresden in a DFB-Pokal (German Cup) game. Thereafter Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side can pay attention only on its Bundesliga debut and apparently that has brought only benefits.
The Appetite comes with eating and Ralph Hasenhüttl strives to accomplish another marvelous result, which makes RB Leipzig’s story more and more remarkable with every next round. However, Austrian coach of “The Red Bulls” must pick its starting formation without injured central defenders Marvin Compper and Kyriakos Papadopoulos, whose absence opens space for Stefan Ilsanker, who’s ready to switch its position again. Lukas Klostermann and Bernardo are the other two absentees and fact Ilsanker is expected to cover position at the centre-back, opens another chance for Benno Schmitz at the right-back.
Final conclusion, Betting Odds and Prediction
RB Leipzig’s squad is full with progressive youngsters who are all hinting for great potential and names of Emil Forsberg (5 goals, 7 assists), Naby Keita (4 goals, 1 assist), Diego Demme (key defensive midfielder, 3 assists), Timo Werner (7 goals, 2 assists), Marcel Sabitzer (4 goals, 3 assits) are few of those who deserve to be mentioned here. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s squad really shines with huge potential and endlessly movement (running) on the pitch, which makes them really tough opposition. Moreover, their counter-attacking abilities are extremely impressive and proper usage of set-pieces (either when defending or attacking) are few other points that must be prominent.
We believe RB Salzburg can win another game and odds for victory of the home side represent decent value here. RB Salzburg to win over Schalke 04 on Saturday night. 3 December 2016. In order to receive higher odds on that game, we’ll place our betting prediction with the Asian Handicap -0.5 on “The Red Bulls”.
Venue: “Red Bull Arena”, Leipzig.
Referee: Bastian Dankert.
Possible starting lineups of RB Leipzig and Schalke 04
RB Leipzig: Peter Gulacsi – Marcel Halstenberg, Willi Orban, Stefan Ilsanker, Benno Schmitz – Emil Forsberg, Diego Demme, Naby Keïta, Marcel Sabitzer – Timo Werner, Yussuf Poulsen. (4-4-2)
Schalke 04: Ralf Fährmann – Benedikt Höwedes, Naldo, Matija Nastasic – Alessandro Schöpf, Nabil Bentaleb, Leon Goretzka, Johannes Geis, Sead Kolasinac – Max Meyer – Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. (3-5-1-1)