Schalke v. Leipzig Betting Odds – 2017.08.20

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Coming into 2017/2018 the Bundesliga looks like it will be even more of a one horse race with Bayern Munich adding James Rodriguez. The competition for second place is tighter than ever though. Second place RasenBallsport Leipzig open their season against 10th place Schalke 04 and the difference between 2nd and 10th couldn’t be slighter.

Odds:

Schalke – (13/8, or 2.62)

Leipzig – (8/5, or 2.60)

Draw – (23/10)

Goal Over/Under – 2.5
                  Ov – (17/20)
                 Un – (19/20)

Both teams score
            Yes – (4/6)
        No – (19/20)

These odds just couldn’t be closer together. Just to illustrate that, I provided the decimal odds as well, which gives Leipzig a 0.02 advantage. That just goes to show how closely contended The Bundesliga table is, save for Bayern Munich of course.

Last season, 10th place Schalke finished with 40 goals against them. That finishes in 4th behind only Bayern Munich (22), Hoffenheim (37), and opponent Leipzig’s 1 goal advantage of 39. So both teams boast solid defenses, with Schalke now getting a full season to utilize February Transfer Nabil Bentaleb.

Where Leipzig has a major advantage is on offense, scoring 21 more goals than Schalke last season. Where Schalke only 4 goal scorers of 5 or more goals, with 9 being the high, Leipzig boasts 4 of 8 or more. Tim Werner was their front man, scoring 21 on his own. If anyone is going to score I expect it to be Werner.

Prediction

Schalke 1 – 2 Leipzig

A strong defense that was recently improved, versus a superior offense with odds these tight? As a viewer, there’s nothing as exciting, but as a bettor, it can be stressful. Breaking it down, a £100 bet on Schalke wins £2 more than a bet on RasenBallsport, so taking the favorites is an easy call. In competitive matches, one team will usually rise, I’d bet it’s the one that likes to score.

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