Our match prediction:
Andre Breitenreiter’s charges are now three without a win in the Bundesliga, after suffering a defeat at the hands of Bayern. Their chances for a top-four spot seem rather slim at the moment, and a place in the Europa League could be a problem, given the fact that both the Foals and Mainz are in front, because of better goal difference. Die Konigsblauen need to get back to winning ways fast if they plan to play in Europe next season, but their next opponent are in an incredible form of late. Leverkusen are on a five-game winning run in the league, with an amazing 11/0 goal difference. Julian Brandt netted four goals in as many fixtures, while Leno presented an insurmountable barrier on the goal. Even though Schalke recorded a single defeat at Veltins Arena in their previous eight matches, it will be very difficult for them to accomplish a triumph over high-flying Bayer, which is why we will give a slight advantage to the visitors.
Highlighted Team (Schalke 04):
Schalke 04 are a professional football club founded in 1904. Die Knappen (The Miners) compete in German Bundesliga and they have won seven domestic titles. Schalke have clinched five German Cup trophies as well, while lifting the UEFA Cup title in 1997. The German club defeated Italian side Inter on penalties in the title game and that was the last time the final of the competition was played in a two-legged format. Schalke 04 play their home matches at Veltins-Arena, the stadium that has been the home of the team since 2001. The capacity of Veltins-Arena is 62,271. It is well known that Borussia Dortmund are Schalke’s main rivals and the Ruhy neighbours face each other in the Revierderby. The likes of Klaus Fichtel (477), Norbert Nigbur (355), Rolf Russmann (304), Klaus Fischer (295), Olaf Thon (295) and Herbert Lutkebohmert (286) are the players with most appearances for die Knappen. The colour of Schalke’s home kit is blue.