Schalke 04 cannot afford loss

Schalke 04 cannot afford loss

Schalke 04 recognize their need to win against RB Leipzig, as this is their only chance to be able to escape the relegation zone. Leipzig on the other hand is a team who is already secured of their spots in the Champions League. However, Leipzig still wants to end their season strong, which made them want to earn a win in this match. Schalke on the other hand can no longer afford to lose in this match as it will cost them relegation. They are sitting just above the relegated team, but a win here could give them additional three points. Those points were enough for Schalke to escape the drop zone. This meeting will be on May 27, 2023, at 9:30 PM (GMT+8), with Leipzig as the hosts.

From the last 12 meetings that these two teams shared, it is no longer surprising that the hosts holds a superior record. They had seven wins from those 12 matches, while the visitors only have three wins, drawing twice. Additionally, the hosts are doing well against the visitors, as they are now in a four-game winning run against them. They had 18 goals, conceded once, and last experience a defeat against the visitors in September 2019. As for the visitors, they are not doing well when playing away from home. In fact, they lost to three of their last four matches on the road. The other one ended n a 3-2 win for them against Mainz.

Schalke 04

Bundesliga: Schalke 04
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Schalke is a team who is now racing for survival, as they are just sitting above the team who is already relegated from the league. They are at the 17th of the league table with 31 points, but a win here could make them escape the drop zone. Schalke is just one point behind the team sitting at the 15th. If they are fortunate to win in this match, they will climb at the 14th of the league table with 34 points. Fortunately, they were able to pick up a point against Eintracht Frankfurt on their last match. However, they succumbed to Bayern Munich on their last match, snapping their two-game winning run. With 31 points from their 33 games, they are desperate for a win here in order to sit at the safe zone.

Schalke will be without the services of Moritz Jenz, and Terodde, who are both suspended in this match. Jere Uronen, Ralf Fahrmann, Soichiro Kozuki, and Justin Heekeren are all still on the sidelines as they remain to be injured in this match.

RB Leipzig

Bundesliga: RB Leipzig
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Leipzig on the other hand is at the third of the league table with 63 points, and are already secured of their spots in the Champions League. They are coming into this match with aims of just retaining their spots in the league. They could have had their chances only if they started this season strong. However, they are still lucky as their late sensational run is more than enough for them to land a place in Europe. Moreover, Leipzig are coming into this match from a 3-1 win against Bayern Munich, which gives them more confidence coming into this match. Leipzig gained 63 points from their 33 games, which puts them at the third of the league table.

Christopher Nkunku, and Dani Olmo both remain to be unavailable in this match, due to the injury they have been nursing all season. Peter Gulasci on the other hand is also sidelined as he is still nursing a serious knee injury.

Prediction:

RB Leipzig (3.5)
Odds: 0.89

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