FC Schalke 04 vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Preview & Picks 4/01/2023

FC Schalke 04 vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Preview & Picks 4/01/2023

March 31, 2023



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When Bayer Leverkusen visits Gelsenkirchen on Saturday, Schalke 04 will look to extend their eight-match unbeaten streak and improve their prospects of surviving the Bundesliga. Despite a recent improvement in form, Schalke stay second from bottom in the Bundesliga table, while Leverkusen are eighth after three consecutive victories.


It would not be unfair to say that Schalke 04 appeared doomed after a run of 10 defeats in 11 league games between September and January, with the Royal Blues conceding 28 goals. Thomas Reis took over for Frank Kramer in late October, and while the new manager struggled at first to turn the tide, the former VfL Bochum manager has supervised a significant improvement in recent times.


Schalke last lost on January 24, after an eight-game unbeaten run that included two wins and six draws kept the club within striking distance of safety. Following back-to-back wins over VfB Stuttgart and Bochum, Schalke came from behind twice to salvage a point against archrivals Borussia Dortmund before splitting the points with FC Augsburg before the international break.


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Bayer Leverkusen has also profited from a mid-season managerial change this season, with Xabi Alonso replacing Gerardo Seoane in October after a winless streak of eight games. It is worth noting that Alonso’s success was not instant, as the 41-year-old won only one of his first seven matches in command, but Die Werkself are now on a roll under Alonso’s guidance.


Leverkusen enters Saturday’s match on a five-game winning run in all competitions, and they even came from behind to defeat Bayern Munich 2-1 before the international break. In the grand scheme of things, Alonso’s men have won 12 of their previous 17 games in all competitions, scoring at least two goals in each of those wins, and they also have a Europa League quarter-final match against Union SG to look forward to.


FC Schalke 04 vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen Game Information


  • Date: 04/01/2023
  • Time: 02:30 PM ET
  • Location: VELTINS-Arena (Gelsenkirchen).
  • How to Watch Schalke vs Leverkusen:ESPN+
  • Live Stream: fubo.tv


Schalke vs Leverkusen Betting Lines


Schalke is +280 according to our Vegas Bundesliga Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $280. On the other side, Leverkusen is –105 according to the Vegas Bundesliga Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $95.24.

The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines has Schalke at a 26.32% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Leverkusen has 51.22% probability of finishing the game with the W.


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