Leverkusen and Schalke could have been serious Champions League candidates but have not lived up to their expectations this season and find themselves in the lower half of the league table. Both sides need to earn three points under Friday-night floodlights in order to avoid the drop zone. We expect a draw in the betting tip. The match will kick off at 8:30pm CET. at the BayArena.
Leverkusen are getting closer to the drop zone – betting tip is for a draw
Bayer Leverkusen’s hopes of qualifying for the international places have ended last weekend when they were beaten by SC Freiburg. It was a tight match in which Nils Petersen struck early for Freiburg. But Bayer snatched the equaliser after the break thanks to a converted penalty kick from Kevin Volland. However, Freiburg gained back their strength and it wasn’t until the 88th minute when Pascal Stenzel finished a counterattack to seal their victory. Leverkusen currently sit in 12th place in the league, just four points above the relegation zone. They have the quality in the squad which is necessary to stay in the league but are lacking consistency on the pitch. Schalke are direct rivals in the relegation battle and Bayer have no option other than winning the game. Bender and Tah are still sidelined and will not be in the squad.
Schalke look to climb in the league table – injury list doesn’t get shorter
FC Schalke 04 haven’t lived up to their expectations this season but one of the reasons for their poor form is their long injury list. Naldo, Baba, Uchida, Embolo, Choupo-Moting and Kehrer are all ruled out ahead of the clash with Leverkusen. There are also question marks over Goretzka and Meyer. Last weekend, the Royal Blues faced RB Leipzig and were overwhelmed with their aggression and strong play in the early stages. Timo Werner scored the opening goal after a cross from Yussuf Poulsen in the 14th minute. Schalke didn’t give up and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar headed in the equaliser shortly after the break. Schalke are in 11th spot in the league table, two points above their next opponents and six points above the drop zone. The European places are six points away and after two winless games in a row, only a win counts for Weinzierl’s men.
Betting tip for Leverkusen versus Schalke
Bayer Leverkusen have the home advantage and will be the favourites with odds between 2.00 and 2.22. Those who bet on a Schalke victory can earn odds ranging from 3.25 to 3.70. A draw is likely and will pay out odds between 3.23 and 3.64. Our tip: Both sides are struggling and will want to avoid relegation at the end of the season. We expect a close and hard-fought game in which neither side will risk attacking for fear of an early concession. For that reason, a draw is the best option for us in the betting tip at best odds of 3.64.