Schalke vs Leipzig – Betting Preview
For the first time since 2023, crisis club Schalke 04 will welcome RB Leipzig at Veltins-Arena on Tuesday night, bringing them back to familiar surroundings in the Bundesliga.
On their comeback to competitive play, the league’s worst team lost 3-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt, while Die Roten Bullen held Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw.
Schalke’s return to top-flight play following the winter break went roughly as predicted, with Frankfurt running out comfortable victors despite finding themselves under some early pressure from Thomas Reis’s team.
The Europa League champions immediately took the lead after Jesper Lindstrom’s goal with a quarter of the game remaining. Schalke then rapidly regained control of the game after Rafael Borre and Aurelio Buta added goals in the closing minutes.
Schalke is currently in last place in the Bundesliga standings and is six points behind the safety of 15th place before Augsburg plays their game in hand against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.
Schalke is the only team in the division to have yet to reach double digits in the points column this season after collecting just nine points from their 16 games.
The 35 goals that Schalke have conceded does not make them the worst defensive team in the league – that accolade belongs to Bochum’s 37 – but 13 goals at the correct end of the pitch is a division-low, and Reis’s side have netted just once in their last four games at Veltins-Arena.
In their first Friday back since the winter break, the RB Leipzig supporters had much more to cheer about at the Red Bull Arena as league leaders Bayern Munich were forced to settle for a point after being held back by Michael Rose’s hot squad.
Shortly before halftime, Marcel Halstenberg equalised for Leipzig, depriving the defending champions the chance to extend their lead at the top of the standings. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had given the champions a one-goal lead just before halftime.
The failure to send the champions home empty-handed did end Leipzig’s six-game winning streak across all competitions, but Die Roten Bullen are still very much in contention for the Champions League as they currently sit in fifth place in the standings, just one point behind the top four teams of Frankfurt, Freiburg, and Union Berlin.
1X2 Betting Odds
Football history does not usually repeat itself, but Leipzig has lately defeated Schalke three times with three clean sheets, and they should strike lightning a fourth time today.
The home side who is dead last in the standings is not the favourite to win as their market odds stand @ 5.80.
Die Roten Bullen have had trouble finding motivation and maintaining defensive tenacity away from home during the course of the season, but Rose’s team has appeared to make progress away from home and should have no trouble worsening Schalke’s relegation problems today.
Despite being the away side, they are the favourites in this @ 1.62.
The possibility of a stalemate and points shared @ 4.60.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.74.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.28.
Schalke has conceded 35 goals in the season already, while scoring the league lowest of 13. They are 6 points away from safety and they now host a side who drew with Bayern last week, and are in red hot form.
Expect Leipzig to win here comfortably!