Preview - Schalke 04 vs RB Leipzig 23 February 20

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Match Day 23
Schalke 04 vs. RB Leipzig
Sunday, February 23rd 2020
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: VELTINS-Arena

Schalke 04:
Last five matches form: W L D D D
Average goals per match: 1.45
Average goals against per match: 1.22
Top Scorer: Suat Serdar (7)

RB Leipzig:
Last five matches form: W L D D W
Average goals per match: 2.55
Average goals against per match: 1.14
Top Scorer: Timo Werner (20)

Hot on the heels of their Champions League win at Tottenham Hotspur in midweek, title hopefuls RB Leipzig return to Bundesliga action this weekend in what looks a tricky trip to the VELTINS-Arena to take on Schalke 04.

Currently lying in second spot, a win for Leipzig in this one will cut the gap to leaders Bayern Munich to just the one point. Sitting in sixth spot at present, Schalke need the points themselves to keep their own European campaign on track.

Leipzig picked up the points courtesy of a 1-0 success in the game here last season, but were beaten 3-1 by Schalke in the reverse fixture in the current campaign.

Daniel Caligiuri, Salif SanĂ© and Benjamin Stambouli are all out injured for the home side.  RB Leipzig must make do without Willi Orban, Kevin Kampl and Tyler Adams.

Schalke have lost only one of their past eight in the Bundesliga, but five of those eight fixtures have ended in a draw.  Having lost their opening home game of the season, they haven't tasted defeat here since, winning five and drawing five, and conceding one or fewer in eight of their last ten here.

Leipzig are without a win in their last three on the road but have been solid in only losing two of eleven overall. A goalscoring record of scoring three or more in seven of eleven away from home is particularly impressive.

Tough to split these two, but we do see a few goals around. Score draw.

Prediction: Schalke 04 2 - 2 RB Leipzig


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 5
Shots: 3 - 24
Shots on target: 2 - 8
Corner Kicks:  2 - 5
Possession: 53% - 47%

Benito Raman and Amine Harit were booked for the home side in this one, with referee Sascha Stegemann also taking the names of Konrad Laimer, Timo Werner and Dayot Upamecano.

An absolute rout in the end as RB Leipzig ran riot to completely overwhelm Schalke. Given the amount of pace in their side, RB Leipzig are one of the teams you really don't want to be chasing the game against. As such, going behind in the very first minute was never likely to end well for Schalke - and so it proved.

As mentioned, it was a dream start for the visitors. Marcel Sabitzer receiving the ball around 25-yards out and to the right and drilling an effort high into the left-hand side - a slight deflection on the way through seeming to wrong-foot the keeper.

Just about all Leipzig from an attacking perspective in the first half, but no further scoring. 0-1 at the interval.

Leipzig had been threatening a second for a while, and the duly got it in the 61st minute. Timo Werner slipped in in the left corner of the eighteen-yard box, cutting inside and smashing a fine strike into the top right corner.

Six minutes later it was three. Christopher Nkunku swinging over the corner from the left and Marcel Halstenberg arriving towards the edge of the six yard box and to the left to plant a header down and in to the left hand side.

Ten minutes from time the visitors made it four. Angelino driving into the left of the area and smashing a excellent low strike into the bottom right from around seven yards out to the left of the six-yard box.

Still time for one more and it came one minute from time. A fourth assist of the game for Nkunku, finding Emil Forsberg arriving into the edge of the box and central. Cool 12-yard finish from Forsberg into the bottom left.

0-5 final score.

A humiliating defeat for Schalke, but they do still stay sixth. Leipzig are still second and only one point behind Bayern Munich.

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