Bayer Leverkusen vs Schalke 04 10/25/2014 Bundesliga Preview
Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen
Saturday 25th October 2014 17:30(GMT)
The Line: Bayer Leverkusen 3/5 Draw 3/1 Schalke 04 15/4 See the Latest Odds
TV: Bt Sport 1, Gol Tv Usa
What a difference a week makes in football back to back wins for Schalke under new manager Roberto Di Mateo has vaulted the club up the table in the league and up to second in their Champions League group. Klass Jan Huntelaar has the class to lead any team up front but he appears to be forming a solid partnership with Choupo Mothing and Julian Draxler is pulling the strings in midfield ad controlling games. It surely is only a matter of time before Draxler is lured away from Schalke with big money exchanging hands when it does happen. Can Di Mateo keep Schalke on the right track in the Bundesliga?
Bayer Leverkusen after a terrific start to the seaosn have struggled to keep it going. The BayArena has seen some up and down performances this season but a trend has emerged where Leverkusen have struggled the weekend after European competition. Son and Kiebling have flattered to decieve thus far this year but with talent like that upfront Leverkusen will always have chances especially at home.
One of the games of the week here across Europe really as Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen are two of the best teams in the Bundesliga and by the end of the year I have no doubt both of them will be battling out for Champions League positions in the Bundesliga. Both teams may struggle to recover fully from their midweek games as both were energy sapping for different reasons, Leverkusen were involved in a tense tight tactical affair with Zenit St Petersburg while Schalke were involved in a crazy 4-3 game with Sporting Lisbon. I think that this one probably finishes level in what could be a cracking encounter. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo