Schalke 04 v Bayer Leverkusen Sat 17:30
Schalke will seek to secure their top four position and increase the gap between them and Bayer Leverkusen when they play hosts to Die Werkself as slight odds on favourites with Blue Square on Saturday.
With just four points between second and fourth place, the competition is as tense as ever between the Bundesliga’s upper echelon and Bayern Munich or Borussia Monchengladbach run the risk of slipping down the table if they fail to earn maximum points this weekend.
Second only to Bayern Munich, Die Knappen have looked highly impressive when going forward this season, earning one of the most successful attacking averages in the German top flight.
Huub Stevens’ side are still battling on multiple fronts this campaign and will face Athletic Bilbao next week in their Europa League encounter and a weekend victory over Leverkusen would go a long way in assuring they have high spirits going into the fixture.
The hosts are enjoying a three-match winning streak and should they prove victorious this weekend, they will then hold a thirteen-point point distance over Leverkusen, the nearest competition below them.
Robin Dutt’s team on the other hand are in a completely opposite vein of form of late and have lost their last three outings on the bounce.
The Veltins-Arena hasn’t been an easy venue to travel to this season, however given Leverkusen’s performances away from home in recent months, the visitors won’t be any pushovers.
Leverkusen have scored an average of 1.38 goals per game when performing away this season and have conceded an average of just 1.23 goals.
Seeing as how fourth spot only secures a place in the final qualifying round for the Champions League, Schalke would be foolish to rest on their laurels this weekend and will undoubtedly be keen to secure a top three spot so that they may gain straight entry into the peak of European competition.