Odds: Schalke 33/20, Draw 23/10, RB Leipzig 31/20
Kick Off: 1730, 19/08/2017
TV: BT Sport
RB Leipzig begin the new Bundesliga season seeking to prove last season’s runner-up placing was no fluke but hosts Schalke will be equally determined to climb back up the table.
These sides are well matched judged on their head-to-head encounters, drawing 1-1 at this venue after a narrow success for Leipzig at Red Bull Arena.
In fact, we find it too hard to split them and rate 23/10 for a stalemate as a value pick in our Schalke vs RB Leipzig betting predictions.
A Look At Schalke’s Betting Odds
Schalke are looking to bounce back from a below-par 10th-place finish last term, the first time they have been outside the top six for seven years.
Goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann has taken over the captaincy, with centre-half Benedikt Howedes recovering from a groin operation, and new boss Domenico Tedesco, just 31, has been busy in the transfer market.
Nabil Bentaleb has made his move from Tottenham permanent after a successful loan spell and the same applies to former Sevilla winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Much will also be expected of 22-year-old Leon Goretzka after the midfielder scored three times in Germany’s Confederations Cup triumph over the summer.
“Schalke shouldn’t be finishing in 10th, we don’t belong there,” Goretzka told German magazine kicker. “This season we want to do much better.”
Looking at the Schalke vs RB Leipzig odds, 7/2 for a score draw will do for us.
A Look At RB Leipzig’s Betting Odds
Leipzig’s rise through the German ranks has been a great story and they show no signs of resting on their laurels after being second only to Bayern Munich last term.
Keeping hold of Naby Keita and Emil Forsberg is a major boost, while Timo Werner is well placed to build on his 21-goal haul in this competition after matching Goretzka’s tally for Die Mannschaft in Russia.
Austrian head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl looks set to continue with a high-tempo gameplan after bringing in French forward Jean-Kevin Augustin and Portugal winger Bruma.
This should be an end-to-end, entertaining contest and 12/1 for 2-2 completes our Schalke vs RB Leipzig betting tips.
Dynamo Berlin 0-2 SCHALKE – Yevhen Konoplyanka (2)
Sportfreunde D 0-5 RB LEIPZIG – Marcel Sabitzer (2), Timo Werner, Yussuf Poulsen (pen), Naby Keita
Head-to-head: Schalke 1-1 RB Leipzig, RB Leipzig 2-1 Schalke
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