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Bundesliga / Leipzig vs Schalke 14.01 [Copy Link]

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Leipzig: Bad finish of previous year, but still very close to top 4 (Recent form: W L D D L)
Leipzig are 5th in the table with 28 points or equal with Leverkusen and Dortmund, but with worse goal difference. They were second in the table and close to Bayern Munich in beginning of December, but lost their chances for the title as currently are 13 points behind. The team didn't win in the last 4 Bundesliga games with 2 draws and 2 loses in this period. They finished 2-2 vs Mainz and 1-1 vs Wolfsburg, while lost against Hoffenheim with 0-4 and Hertha Berlin with 2-3. Lots of problems in defense and only Borussia M is with worse defense than Leipzig from the teams in top 10. Forsberg, Halstenberg, Poulsen and Coltorti are doubts for this game and very close to return in the squad, may be some of them will be even in the squad for the match.

Leipzig - Gulacsi - Klostermann, Orban, Upamecano, Bernardo - Keita, Ilsanker - Sabitzer, Kampl - Ti. Werner, Y. Poulsen

Schalke: Strong performance in previous two months (Recent form: D D D W D)
Schalke had lots of problems in the beginning of the season and was even in the middle of the table. But in the last 2 months their performance improved a lot  and in beginning of new year are second in the table with huge chances to keep their place in top 4 and come back to Champions League. The Blues are without a lose in the last 14 games in all competitions with 8 wins and 6 draws in this period. Also made an amazing come back in this period against their biggest rival Dortmund from 0-4 at half time to 4-4 in the end.

Schalke - Fährmann - Stambouli, Naldo, Nastasic - M. Meyer - D. Caligiuri, Oczipka - Harit, Pjaca - di Santo, G. Burgstaller

THE BETTING VERDICT:
After all, Leipzig are not in best form after lots of problems in defense in December, but they are still close to top 4 and dangerous, while Schalke are in form after 14 games without a lose in all competitions with some problems in defense, but very strong performance in attack and lots of scored goals even in the visits - 13 goals in last 6 trips, so here an open derby is expected and over.

Leipzig vs Schalke
O/U Pick: Over 2.5 goals @ 1,85
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