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Match Day 9
Rasenballsport Leipzig vs. Schalke
Sunday, October 28th 2018
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Red Bull Arena

Rasenballsport Leipzig: 
Last five matches form: D W W W D
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.13
Top Scorer: Yussuf Poulsen & Timo Werner (4)

Last five matches form: L L W W L
Average goals per match: 0.63
Average goals against per match: 1.38
Top Scorer: Five Players On One Goal

Things haven't been quite going to plan so far this season for last year's Bundesliga runners up Schalke, to such an extent that they find themselves in the bottom three headed into Match Day 9. Things don't get much easier either as next up its this trip to in-form RB Leipzig.

RB Leipzig won this game 3-1 last season, with Schalke coming out on top 2-0 in the reverse game.

Both sides had a positive result in Europe in midweek. RB Leipzig beat Celtic whilst Schalke came away from Galatasaray with a creditable goalless draw.

It is the scoring of goals which has been the major concern for Schalke so far this season, with just five in their eight games to date. On a positive note, four of those goals have come away from home including when beating Fortuna Düsseldorf in their most recent Bundesliga away game.

RB Leipzig are unbeaten in their past seven in Bundesliga with their latest outing in front of their own fans seeing them annihilate Nürnberg 6-0.

No injury concerns for RB Leipzig but Schalke must do without Naldo, Ralf Fährmann and Cedric Teuchert.

There have been definite signs of improvement for Schalke of late, and they surely will make their way back up the table in time. Whether that will begin here though we aren't so sure. Take the home side to win by a couple.

Prediction: Rasenballsport Leipzig 2 - 0 Schalke


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  10 - 3
Shots on target: 3 - 0
Corner Kicks: 7 - 4
Possession: 60% - 40%

Neither side managed to trouble the scoresheet in this one with just three shots on target in total over the course of ninety minutes. The referee did make a few entries into his notebook in terms of bookings though, taking the names of Konrad Laimer, Timo Werner and Diego Demme of Leipzig and Weston McKennie and Hamza Mendyl of Schalke.

Schalke certainly seemed to curb their ambitions in this one, understandably trying to steady the ship following what has been a surprisingly inept start to the season. In terms of defensive effort at least this was hard to fault as they largely restricted the hosts. There was nothing at all of note from an attacking stand point though as they failed to muster even a single shot on target.

A frustrating afternoon for the hosts as they were simply unable to find a way through what was an at times packed defence. They do at least extend their unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions though and are moving in the right direction once again following a slightly hit and miss period of their own.

With Werder Bremen and Borussia Monchengladbach both losing this weekend they remain fifth but do gain ground on the top four and are now only a point adrift of Werder Bremen.

Any away point is a welcome one when you are in the sort of form Schalke have been in, and all the more so when it comes against a side towards the top of the table who have been playing well of late. An important point it is to as it takes them up into fifteenth and out of the relegation zone.

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