Bundesliga is finally back after the World Cup break

FC Schalke suffered relegation in the 2020-21 season after horrible performances. They finished last with only 16 points in 34 games. However they replied quite quickly in the 2021-22 Bundesliga 2 season. Schalke finished first with 65 points earning promotion to the Bundesliga.

RB Leipzig have been in the top 4 of the Bundesliga consistently since the 2018-19 season. They finished second in the Bundesliga table with 65 points in the 2020-23 season.

Kick-off

Wednesday, 24th January; 5:30 pm (GMT); 11:00 pm (IST)

FC Schalke Form (All Competitions): L D L L L

RB Leipzig Form (All competitions) : W W W D W

Player To Watch

FC Schalke

Marius Bulter

The 29-year-old has managed to score 3 goals for FC Schalke in 16 appearances. Marius has the second most attempts on goal in the FC Schalke squad. He leads the stats for most assist shots on target in the FC Schalke squad. He has started 15 out of 16 games for Schalke and is set to start against Leipzig.

RB Leipzig

Emil Forsberg

RB Leipzig’s Mr Reliable has showed up when his club needed him the most. The DFB Pokal winners made it to two finals consecutively. They unfortunately lost to Borussia Dortmund in the 2020/21 season. However Forsberg scored a last minute winner against Werder Bremen in the DFB Pokal semifinals last season. Emil showed up yet again in the 2021-22 season scoring a 92nd minute winner against Union Berlin. Overall he has scored 11 goals and has 5 assists in the 2021-22 season. Emil has also been reliable from the penalty spot converting all seven of his penalties. He has scored 4 goals and has 5 assists in the 2022-23 season.

Match Facts

  • Leipzig have won their last three matches against FC Schalke conceding zero goals.
  • FC Schalke are on a very poor run in the Bundesliga winning only 5 out of 66 games
  • Leipzig have kept 5 clean sheets in their last 6 matches against FC Schalke.

Injury And Team News

FC Schalke are already on the verge of despair and relegation in the Bundesliga. Adding to this, they are missing out on some crucial players. Sepp Van De Berg, Rodrigo Zalazar, and Sebastian Polster all missed the match against Frankfurt. Drexler can possibly return and replace Jordan Larsson’s spot in the starting XI.

Abdou Diallo can possibly play against FC Schalke after recovering from a knee injury. Peter Gulasci and Christopher Nkunku will miss out after a ACL and knee injury respectively.

Head-to-Head Stats

Matches: 10

FC Schalke: 2

Drawn : 2

RB Leipzig: 6

Predicted Line-up

FC Schalke predicted lineup:

Schwolow ,Brunner, Yoshida, Matriciani, Uronen, Krauss, Latza,Kozuki, Drexler, Marius Bulter, Terodde

RB Leipzig predicted lineup:

Blaswich, Simakan, Orban, Gvardiol, Raum, Laimer, Schlager; Dominik Szoboszlai,Emil Forsberg,Dani Olmo, Silva

Prediction

It is highly probable that RB Leipzig will dominate Schalke FC. With Schalke missing out on many key players ,it is a game of survival for them. RB Leipzig can go to second place in the table if they manage to beat FC Schalke.

Prediction: FC Schalke 0-2 RB Leipzig

Where and How to watch

Sony Sports Network has the broadcast rights for Bundesliga matches in India and subcontinent.

India & Subcontinent: Sony Sports Network Sony LIV app
United Kingdon: SKY Sports
Australia & New Zealand: beIN Sports
United States: ABC, ESPN, ESPN+

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