Leipzig will resume Bundesliga action with an away game against Schalke after taking an impressive win Tottenham the Champions League. Schalke have managed 36 points and are in sixth place while Leipzig is second with 45 points. Schalke march into this game unbeaten in their last four but have won just one of these.
The last time they face a side above them in the standings, they were whacked 5-0 by Bayern Munich. They will, of course, be hoping to avoid another embarrassing outcome. “Die Königsblauen” are without defeat in their last 10 league matches at home. This season in the Bundesliga, at home, they have only lost to Bayern Munich. Which brings us back to the beating they took against Bayern.
RB Leipzig is one of very few teams in the Bundesliga that can go toe to toe with the league leaders. As such they are also a class above Schalke 04. Leipzig had a very organized performance in London and was only denied a win by a bigger margin by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ saves. Clearly, they are getting back to their best after a brief lull towards the Bremen clash. They have two losses in their last seven meetings with Schalke and after falling in the first leg, they will hope for a better outcome here.
With two straight wins and three clean sheets, they will definitely be high on confidence. Leipzig has failed to score in just two of their last 15. Leipzig is winless in three Bundesliga away matches, having drawn two and lost one. They have not scored in the league away from home in their last two matches.
They still come into this encounter with the third-best attack in the league, and the second-best defence. Leipzig was in a class of their own in the win over Tottenham in the Champions League and seem to have found their best after a short spell.
They have three straight clean sheets going to this game, but they have not been very aggressive away from home in recent matches. We fell a low scoring encounter is on the cards. For a winner, we look to Leipzig but the X2 double seems a safer option.