Summary

  • Both teams currently tied on 17 points in mid-table.
  • Schalke unbeaten in last four home games.
  • Leverkusen with two away wins all season.

Two of the Bundesliga's traditional powerhouses meet on Sunday evening as FC Schalke 04 entertain Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the final fixture of Matchday 14 (kick-off 17:30CET/16:30GMT).

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Schalke's superb 12-game unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end last week as they finished on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline away to RB Leipzig. Still, coach Markus Weinzierl will be encouraged by another strong showing from his charges, and will be confident the result was merely an anomaly on a trajectory that is otherwise pointing pleasingly upwards.

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Leverkusen, meanwhile, are hoping to make it a hat-trick of consecutive victories at the VELTINS Arena. Such a result would be a welcome boon for Roger Schmidt's charges as they look to end a three-game winless streak in the Bundesliga. They went tantalisingly close to earning all three points on Matchday 13, but missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw at home to SC Freiburg.

Schalke coach Markus Weinzierl has masterminded an impressive upswing in fortunes in recent weeks.

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Match Stats

  • Before their defeat to Leipzig, Schalke had picked up 13 points from their previous five games.
  • Schalke forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has five goals in 11 games against Bayer, more than he has against any other team.
  • Royal Blues coach Markus Weinzierl and Leverkusen cohort Roger Schmidt completed their senior coaching licenses together in 2011.
  • FC Bayern München are the only Bundesliga club with a better record in Gelsenkirchen than Leverkusen.
  • Leverkusen have won on their last two trips to Schalke but they have never managed three consecutive wins at the Veltins Arena.
  • Bayer have missed all four of their penalties this season. Schalke missed four out of eight last term.

The Venue - VELTINS-ARENA