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RB Leipzig vs Schalke Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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BT Sport 3
13th January
17:30
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RB Leipzig vs Schalke predictions for the opening Bundesliga weekend of 2018. After powering to a second-place finish in the first half of the season, Schalke travel to RB Leipzig in what should be a thrilling clash for fans and neutrals alike. Read on for our free betting tips and match preview.

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Rb Leipzig vs Schalke Predictions

Schalke Double Chance at 5/6
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Correct Score Prediction

Draw 2-2 at 14/1
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Anytime Goal scorer Prediction

Guido Burgstaller To Score Anytime at 23/10
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Reason For Rb Leipzig vs Schalke Betting Tips

RB Leipzig have been training at home over the winter break, with a 2-0 win against Czech side Dukla Prague last weekend finishing their preparations for 2018. Ralph Hasenhuttl has the luxury of a fully fit squad ahead of hosting Schalke 04 in an important clash at the upper end of the table, with Timo Werner looking to feature after shaking off illness over the holiday period.

Schalke 04 have taken the league by storm after a disappointing 2016/17 campaign, powering their way up to 2nd place before the month-long pause in their football calendar. Coach Domenico Tedesco is raring to go, saying he “feels good about this team”, and why should he feel any differently? Only Leon Goretzka and Paulo Insua will miss their first Bundesliga game of the year, with new signing Marko Pjaca an option to start on his competitive debut.

While RB Leipzig earned a massive 24 more points than Schalke last season, it’s the contrasting current form between the visitors and the hosts which draws our attention here. Leipzig ended 2017 on a low, with their first home defeat of the season against the struggling Hertha Berlin, while Schalke ended the year on a high, unbeaten in 11 consecutive Bundesliga outings (W5 D6) – their longest run for 11 years – and with progression through to the quarter finals of the DFB Pokal (German Cup).

Schalke forward Guido Burgstaller is the man to watch for them, having found the back of the net four times over the Royal Blues’ last six Bundesliga outings – Leipzig’s Timo Werner has clocked just half that over the same number. Fresh off the back of the winter break, we’d expect the Austrian forward to be well worth a few quid as an anytime scorer bet here.

With Leipzig win-less in five competitive outings, backing Schalke double chance looks the smart bet. Despite a drop in form, the Red Bulls do still look dangerous in front of goal though, scoring 2 goals in 5 of their last 7 Bundesliga outings. Schalke are in equally good scoring form, with 10 goals over their last 5 outings on the road, so goals are to be expected. Schalke are proving a very stubborn team to beat, but have only held out for a single point in four of a their last five fixtures before the winter break (W1 D4) – albeit a difficult run of matches. A trip to Leipzig shouldn’t be much different, so we like the look of a high scoring draw. Our prediction: a 2-2 draw.

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Head To Head

Schalke won 2-0 at home when the two sides last met in August 2017. Over the three lifetime meetings between them, Schalke have won 1, drawn 1 and lost 1 to RB Leipzig.

Rb Leipzig vs Schalke Stats

  • Leipzig have only lost once at home in the Bundesliga this season (a 3-2 defeat to Hertha Berlin on their last outing of 2017).
  • 50% of RB Leipzig’s home matches have seen over 3.5 goals scored.
  • Schalke are unbeaten in 11 Bundesliga games (W5, D6) – their longest run for 11 years.
  • Schalke have conceded more goals (six) to opposition substitute players than any other team in the Bundesliga.
Rb Leipzig
Schalke
67%
BTTS
83%
67%
Over 2.5 Goals
67%
1.6
Goals For
1.6
1.5
Goals Against
1.2
1.3
Cards For
2.2
5.1
Corners For
4.9
8
Timo Werner
Top Goalscorer
Guido Burgstaller
7

Rb Leipzig Team News

Ralph Hasenhüttl's troops are fully fit ahead of this weekend's clash against Schalke 04.

Schalke Team News

Only Leon Goretzka and Paulo Insua will miss Schalke's first Bundesliga match of 2018, with new signing Marko Pjaca an option to start on his competitive debut.

Rb Leipzig vs Schalke Predictions

Schalke Double Chance at 5/6
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Correct Score Prediction

Draw 2-2 at 14/1
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Anytime Goal scorer Prediction

Guido Burgstaller To Score Anytime at 23/10
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