Leipzig vs Schalke by Gustav
Leipzig continued with impressive form last time out, as the team took a three pointer away to Freiburg last Friday evening celebrating 4:1 victory. They opened up the scoreline already in second minute with a goal from Keita and even though the hosts replied in fifteenth minute via Niederlechner, guests soon enough showed who is the boss on the field.
They already had double lead in the first halftime thanks to two goals from Werner, while the victory got sealed thanks to a goal from Sabitzer in 79th minute, being much more effective and dangerous with the ball to their feet. It was seventh consecutive victory for Leipzig, as the team continues to look really strong in Bundesliga, being currently at first postion with three points more than Bayern Munich and six more than Champions League placed Hertha or Eintracht Frankfurt.
Home team is set to play in 4-4-2 formation as usual, with Poulsen and Werner as strikers. Stefan Ilsanker will be once again employed as central defender, since they continue to miss Kyriakos Papadopoulos (1/0) and Marvin Compper (11/0). They also miss right defenders Bernardo (7/0) and Lukas Klostermann (1/0), all due injuries. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is expected to field an unchanged team.
Schalke, on the other side, now looks really strong as the team continues to improve from week to week, after their terrible start. The team is now on a run of five consecutive victories in all competitions, also being undefeated in last twelve matches having ten victories and just two draws on that run.
In the most recent game, the team won over Darmstadt at home with a 3:1 result, even though the game didn't start that bright since Darmstadt took the lead in sixth minute with a goal from Heller. From that moment on, it was all about Schalke who dominated the game till the end and deservedly celebrated with goals from Kolasinac, Choupo-Moting and Schopf, as the final result could have been even bigger. Schalke is now at eight position, having five points more than Europa League placed sides and need to continue performing well desperately in case they want European exit this season.
Guests are set to play in 3-5-1-1 formation with Choupo-Moting as central striker, plus Meyer as offensive support behind his back. Guests continue to miss couple of really long term absentees, plus striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (7/1) and forward Breel Embolo (7/2). Forward Franco Di Santo (6/0) is not fully fit, but might get some playing time here. All in all, their manager Markus Weinzierl has no reason to make much changes here.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in RasenBallsport Leipzig's last 3 home games (Bundesliga).
Leipzig are at the top of the table and logically remain favorites here. However, Schalke have found their form as well and will surely be tough nut to crack in this one. I expect this match to be highly competitive and attacking from both in-form teams, while it wouldn't surprise me a lot in case we see one of the best Bundesliga matches this season.