Schalke 04 – Bayer Leverkusen – And finally rounds up another duel of teams that play European competition, with the proviso that in this case and Schalke and Bayer continue its European path and in the spring. Schalke played great European league and had five recitals victory, to defeat Thursday that means absolutely nothing. Bayer has been very good in the Champions League and triumphantly completed the group stage, confirming the second place victory over Monaco and will play in the next round. In the championship both teams struggling and it was only in mid-table in eighth and ninth place with the same number of points. Schalke was initially weak, and later have improved, although in the last round defeat, while Bayer oscillates from the start and in the last round failed to overcome Freiburg at home. Last season Bayer on the hosting won with 3: 2, and in Leverkusen, it was 1: 1. Start: 11.12.2016. – 16:30 CET
Completed in Schalke positive series that is in the championship last seven games, with more triumph and the Cup, and in the European League five recitals car. In a few days, both series ended, as they first defeated in Leipzig of the leaders with 2: 1, and then Thursday and from Salzburg, with this defeat means absolutely nothing and Schalke with first place going into the final sixteenth. Defeat in Leipzig is sick, although it must be said that they outplayed by the team this season is unbeaten. They were at one point a draw after goals Kolašinca, which later turned into a tragic figure because he shook his own network.
On the ground was the same team that the car before that was invincible and played really well so it is logical that the coach Weinzierl did not want to change anything. In Salzburg, is logically made a number of changes since that game had no significance and of the starters played only Höwedes, but because a card now can not play. Will change it probably Riether, and the rest of the team will be the same as in Leipzig.
Probable lineups Schalke: Fahrmann – Riether, Naldo, Nastasic – Geis – Schopf, Kolašinac – Goretzka, Bentaleb, M.Meyer – Choupo-Moting
Bayer has played very well in the Champions League and that these parties provided and in the championship, it would have been better placed from the middle of the table which is now located. In the Champions League, Bayer played in a very awkward group with tie rivals and they were not able to overcome, the effect at the end was two wins and four draws, enough for second place and qualify for the next round. For the end of the group’s leaders Monaco at home won with convincing 3: 0th The championship is a problem and there say they have a series of three games without a win, with the defeat of the two first-placed team in the table Leipzig and Bayern Munich, and skinny home draw with Freiburg in the last round.
Quite changed the composition of which is mastered Monaco, but are just the players who get the opportunity to have been responsible for the triumph. One came Yurchenko and Brandt, a well in the defensive play Jedvaj and Dragovic, although these players performed against Freiburg when it did not look good. Now the still another figure on the field and return to Tah and Toprak, Aranguiz will play in midfield as well as Calhanoglu. Injured are Kampl, Mehmedi, Volland, Bellarabi and L.BENDER.
Probable lineups Bayer Leverkusen: Leno – Henrichs, Tah, Toprak, Wendell – Baumgartlinger, Aranguiz – Calhanoglu, Brandt – Chicharito, Kiesling