LEP vs SCH Dream11 Prediction: Schalke makes the trip across Germany to face RB Leipzig on the third matchday of the Bundesliga. RB Leipzig is coming off the back of a brilliant campaign after finishing third in the German league and unexpectedly reaching the Champions League semi-finals. They very heroically fought and defeated Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals and Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur in the knockout rounds. Under the guidance of young manager, Julian Nagelsmann, Die Rottenbullen will aim for a better finish this season. They kicked off their Bundesliga campaign with a neat 3-1 win over Mainz on the opening matchday but stumbled when they faced Bayer Leverkusen away from home on the second matchday. Schalke, on the other hand, has had the worst start to the season imaginable. They lost 8-0 to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena and then went on to lose 3-1 at home to Werder Bremen who were lacking their key player in Milot Raschica. Die Knappen then sacked manager, David Wagner and have now appointed Augsburg’s former manager – Manuel Baum. It will be interesting to see what Baum does with this side and how he approaches his opening fixture.
Fixture name & competition: RB Leipzig vs Schalke 04, Bundesliga
Date & Time: 3rd October, 10 pm (IST)
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig
LEP – WLWWD;
SCH – LWWLL
Head-to-head (last five meetings): Over the last 5 games, Leipzig has had the upper hand, winning 3 games, drawing one and losing one.
Last meeting: Schalke 0-5 Leipzig (Bundesliga, 22nd February)
Live Streaming: Fan Code
RB Leipzig Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Fabrice Hartmann, Ibrahima Konate, Konrad Laimer and Marcel Sabitzer are all unavailable and will miss out on this game.
Doubtful: Striker Yussuf Poulsen was withdrawn during their game against Leverkusen and it remains to be seen if he starts against Schalke.
Expected changes: Julian Nagelsmann is likely to start the same lineup that played against Leverkusen, with new signing – Alexander Sorloth coming in to replace Yussuf Poulsen.
LEP Playing 11 (probable):
Peter Gulacsi (GK)
SCH Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Schalke are without Amine Harit and Suat Serdar through injury and Ozan Kabak received a red card during their loss against Werder Bremen and will remain suspended.
Doubtful: Schalke has no doubtful players.
Expected changes: New manager, Manuel Baum, is likely to keep the same lineup that faced Werder Bremen while he works out the strengths and weaknesses of his current squad. Salif Sane is likely to replace the suspended Ozan Kabak in the heart of the defence. Check out our LEP vs SCH Dream11 Team Predictions.
SCH Playing 11 (probable):
R alf Fahrmann (GK)
Bookmakers have heavily favoured a win for RB Leipzig and they are indeed the better side. All the odds are stacked against Schalke as this is an away game for them, they are in poor form at the moment and in general, do not possess the quality the Leipzig have on paper. Only three teams in the Bundesliga have lost both their opening fixtures and only one team has conceded a massive 11 goals in two games, scoring just one. This issue will take more than a new manager to fix, much less a manager who has been in charge for just a few days. RB Leipzig is a far more settled squad and Julian Nagelsmann is an excellent tactician who sets up in a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 as and when required. They have a very solid back three in Lukas Klostermann, Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Halstenberg who won’t be easy to break down and will not shy away from pinging a ball over the top to the attackers. In an ideal scenario, RB Leipzig should be winning this game comfortably but the only thing in Schalke’s favour is that since this is Baum’s first game, Leipzig will have no clue as to how Die Knappen is going to set up and a few surprises may be in store for Nagelsmann’s men. Check out our LEP vs SCH Dream11 Match Prediction.
Daniel Olmo – The former Barcelona man, very bravely set out to Eastern Europe in search of game time and was incredible at Dinamo Zagreb. His performances were awarded a move to RB Leipzig. He had 6 goals and 3 assists in just 12 starts in the Champions League last season and his goal against Atletico Madrid helped them power through to the semi-finals.
Mark Uth – After playing for multiple clubs, Uth will want to settle down finally and Schalke seems to be the best place to do so. He contributed to 10 goals last season and has already gotten off the mark, scoring Schalke’s only goal so far. Being the central point of the attacking midfield, he will link-up with everyone around him and look to break Leipzig’s lines in defence.
Emil Forsberg – The Swedish international will look to carry the mantle in the absence of Yussuf Poulsen. Forsberg had 7 goal contributions in 14 starts last season and now since the sale of Timo Werner to Chelsea, the 28-year-old will look for a much more active role in Nagelsmann’s side. He has begun this season in a great way, scoring 2 goals and providing 1 assist in the first two games.
X-factors (differential picks)
Alexander Sorloth – The former Crystal Palace man, Alexander Sorloth moved to the Turkish league on loan where he caught the eye of many, scoring 24 goals and providing 8 assists in just 34 appearances for Trabzonspor, powering them to a second-place finish. He will now want to replicate this form in the bigger leagues and produce these numbers on the bigger stage.
Goncalo Paciencia – On loan from Frankfurt, the Portuguese scored 7 goals, providing 3 assists in the 2019/20 season. He will need to do a little better than that if he wants to win Manuel Baum’s trust for the rest of the season and what better place to perform than against one of the biggest sides in Germany.
Tyler Adams – The young American will look to gain some playing minutes this season and for that, he will have to grab every opportunity he gets by the scruff of the neck. Marcel Sabitzer’s injury gives him the perfect opportunity to showcase his talent and despite being young, the world has seen what he is capable of after his winning goal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last season.