Following a 1-1 split on the Saturday of Matchday 31, we are back to end off the week with a bang.
In the final game of the matchday, Bayer Leverkusen will look to keep next season’s Champions League hopes alive as they battle with a Schalke squad seemingly in complete disarray.
It’s been a miserable restart for the Royal Blues since the resumption following the pandemic. Manager David Wagner has to be firmly on the hot seat by now, and having not secured a victory in what seems like forever. They have just one out of a possible fifteen points since the restart, and have really let their season slip away. Though there were hopes for a spot in Europe, the focus has shifted into avoiding getting dragged into the relegation race.
Meanwhile, for Leverkusen they’ve endured a bit of a funk themselves of late. Though they won midweek in a Cup fixture, their league form has been a bit puzzling of late. Over their past three clashes, Peter Bosz’s side has lost twice at home, and were fortunate to win at Freiburg. Expected goals are showing a real dip in performance of late from Leverkusen, and they’ll need to be better if they want to put down a hungry Schalke side.
With all that’s at stake in this contest, it should be an exciting game to finish off another exciting week of Bundesliga action. Leverkusen continue their desperate push for Champions League positioning, while Schalke are likely playing for their manager’s future over the next few weeks. Keep reading beneath the posted odds for a detailed game breakdown and betting prediction.
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Schalke Betting Odds:
Bayer Leverkusen (-213)
Over 2.5 (-145)
Under 2.5 (+125)
Bayer Leverkusen -1 (-140)
Schalke +1 (+120)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Schalke Pick:
While many pundits seemingly think things can certainly not get any worse for Schalke, it’s not going to be easy to reverse their trend vs. a powerful Leverkusen squad. Yes, Weston McKennie will be back for David Wagner’s group, but he’s still likely going to be missing many key pieces. Guido Burgstaller, Amine Harit, Suat Serdar, and Omar Mascarell are all expected to be out on Sunday, putting extra emphasis on a depleted Schalke side to secure a much-needed result.
Making matters even more complicated for Wagner and Schalke, are the fact that Leverkusen still have a ton to play for. They desperately want a Champions League spot for next season, and will be keen to lock that down. After seeing rivals Monchengladbach lose points to Bayern on Saturday, Leverkusen and manager Peter Bosz know that represents an opportunity his group needs to take.
While Leverkusen have proven to be an inconsistent mixed-bag since the restart, that’s at least better than Schalke – who have just been woeful in every aspect. They’ve been far too casual at the back, no urgency in the midfield, and just dreadful up front. They have zero scoring threats or options, and certainly none that will challenge Leverkusen consistently.
With Leverkusen being simply unable to drop any more points to inferior teams, expect a full-strength lineup to put in a serious performance on Sunday. While Schalke want to shed this embarrassing run of form, they simply are not good enough for what Leverkusen will offer. It might seem chalky, but Leverkusen in a rout is the right play, and the -1 handicap makes a ton of sense in this one.
Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 3-0