So, after 16 games, Schalke 04 are dead-last in the Bundesliga, just nine points. The Royal Blues need to change something as soon as possible. Otherwise, they’ll be playing in the Bundesliga 2 next season.
RB Leipzig is the next opponent, and a victory could boost the Red Bulls to second place. it’s another tough test, which is why the home side is offering a +450 price in the sportsbook.
Schalke 04: Not a Happy New Year
Schalke 04 began 2023 with a good effort against Werder Bremen. Nevertheless, the Royal Blues lost, 1-0. Visitors managed to score only four minutes into the game.
The last out saw the Royal Blues lose, 3-0, to Frankfurt. Jesper Lindstrom scored the opener in the first half, while Rafael Santos Borre and Aurelio Buta closed the sale after intermission. Schalke ended winning possession (57 percent), and finished with 19 shots in total. That was seven more than the Eagles.
Schalke are 2-3-11, both of the victories were at home, 3-1 over Bochum and 1-0 against Mainz 05. They also drew, 2-2, to Borussia Monchengladbach at Veltins-Arena. In other words, the Royal Blues tend to play considerably at home, making them a tempting soccer betting underdog.
Striker Marius Bulter also makes them tempting. Bulter (6 feet, 2 inches) is the team’s leading goal scorer with three. Beating him in the air is not easy.
RB Leipzig: In the Title Race
So, no Christopher Nkunku, no problem here. RB Leipzig managed to draw, 1-1, against Bayern Munich last Friday, exactly as we predicted. Bayern’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored the opener, while Marcel Halstenberg had the equalizer.
That result increased their unbeaten run to nine. During that span, there have been six wins, including a huge 3-1 victory over fourth-place Freiburg (30 points). Leipzig are fifth (29).
Nkunku and Peter Gulacsi remain sidelined due to injury, but the good news is Timo Werner is back. Marco Rose even said that it might be time to get him back as a starter.
Overall, Leipzig have scored 31 goals. Only Bayern Munich (50 goals) and Frankfurt (35) have scored more than that. Having Werner, Andre Silva and Emil Forsberg leading the attacking unit has a lot to do with that. Also, Yussuf Poulsen is back.
Visitors come in as the betting online favorites, priced at -175. That’s a great deal considering they haven’t lost in their last four games on the road.
Schalke 04 vs RB Leipzig Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 10
- Schalke 04 Victories: 2 (8 goals)
- RB Leipzig Victories: 6 (20 goals)
- Draws: 2
Here’s another reason to consider wagering on the visitors. RB Leipzig defeated Schalke 04 in their last three meetings by an aggregate of 12-0. Their last encounter was in the 2020-21 season, at Veltins-Arena. The Red Bulls won by a count of 3-0, with Nordi Mukiele, Marcel Sabitzer and Willi Orban as the scorers.
Schalke’s last victory over the Red Bulls was in the 2019-20 season in Leipzig, 3-1. Expect some goals. These two have drawn scoreless only once, while the total has gone over in six of their previous dozen meetings.
Schalke 04 vs RB Leipzig Match Information
- Match: Schalke 04 vs RB Leipzig
- Date, Time: Tuesday, Jan. 24th, 12:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
- Schalke 04 vs RB Leipzig Live Stream: fubo.tv
Schalke 04 vs RB Leipzig Betting Lines
Schalke 04 vs RB Leipzig Picks & Prediction
There won’t be a stunner here. Leipzig are in the zone. Besides not having been defeated in their last four road games, Red Bulls scored two or more goals in three of those matches. So, ‘the best defense is a good offense’ is their mantra. and they’ll be facing the league’s worst-scoring team. Include the visitors in soccer picks, as they’ll get a comfortable victory.
The Leipzig are listed at -175 in our Vegas soccer lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Leipzig, you have a chance to win $57. The Schalke 04 are +450, offering a chance to win $450 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the Bundesliga betting lines gives Leipzig a 63.64% chance to win, with Schalke 04 at 18.18%.