Bundesliga: FC Schalke 04 vs RB Leipzig Match Preview
Bundesliga runner-ups will face the Royal Blues in the last Saturday’s match of the first Bundesliga round. At Veltins Arena, FC Schalke 04 will face RB Leipzig.
Date: Saturday, 19th August 2017
Kick-off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET / 22:00 IST
Venue: Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen.
FC Schalke 04
After a bad previous season Schalke will look to bounce back as they will be under the new management as Tedesco took the team. He already implemented a new approach as Schalke will play in the 3-4-3 formation this season. Also, there are rumors about the internal problems in Schalke. Benedikt Howedes, the ever-royal Schalke defender was stripped down from captaincy that was awarded to Fahrmann. Therefore, there are already some rumors of his potential transfer.
Several players are still recovering from injuries as the defensive pillar Naldo and the young attacker Breel Embolo aren’t still fully fit.
Die Rotten Bullen will be aiming to repeat the last season’s success which will be extremely difficult as RB Leipzig will debut in UEFA Champions League this season.
Regardless of the fact that the visitors were impressive in the previous season, fighting in three major competitions won’t be an easy task for them as they have a relatively younger squad, and it remains to be seen whether Leipzig is able to live up to the expectations or not.
FC Schalke 04: Fährmann – Keher, Höwedes, Nastasic – Bentaleb – Caligiuri, Oczipka – Goretzka – Harit, Konoplyanka – Burgstaller
Coach: Domenico Tedesco
Absentees: Schöpf (fitness), Stambouli (suspended), Embolo (fitness)
RB Leipzig: Gulasci – Klostermann, Orban, Compper, Halstenberg – Keita, Demme – Sabitzer, Forsberg – Werner, Poulsen
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
Head to Head
Schalke drew 1-1 at home to RB Leizpig in the most recent meeting between them – April 2017. RB Leipzig won 2-1 at home to Schalke in the reverse fixture back in December last year.