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Schalke to get back on track
Schalke will hope to start another long unbeaten run at home when they welcome Bayer Leverkusen to town in the Bundesliga on Friday.

The Royal Blues had been on a three-match winning streak before they came up against Bayern Munich last Tuesday, the reigning champions comfortably ending their nine-month unbeaten streak at the Veltins Arena.

They followed that up with a 2-0 loss at Hoffenheim at the weekend and young head coach Domenico Tedesco now faces the first real test of his stint in charge of Schalke.

After years of under achievement, Schalke hoped to have appointed the next Julian Nagelsmann, who has enjoyed great success at Hoffenheim, in Tedesco and the early signs have been positive.

The three teams to get the better of Schalke this season all sit inside the top four, while they opened the campaign with a 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig.

However, how this Schalke team handles recent setbacks will give an insight to how successful the early stages of Tedesco’s transformation have been.

This week’s opponents, Bayer Leverkusen, have produced a mixed bag of results under new coach Heiko Herrlich, proving to be tough to beat at home but with a soft underbelly on their travels.

It is three defeats out of three for Leverkusen on the road this season while it is just one win from the last seven away matches for the men from North Rhine-Westphalia.

However, while they have not enjoyed much success away from home at the majority of venues, they have won on their last three trips to the Veltins Arena, winning to nil in two of those matches, and they are n/a to make it four on the bounce.

A clean sheet would appear unlikely on their latest visit to Gelsenkirchen though given they have conceded eight of their 10 goals this term away from home.

With Schalke having kept just one clean sheet so far this season in the Bundesliga, over 2.5 goals at n/a should appeal to those not convinced when it comes to the match odds.

Other than Bayer missing centre-back Tin Jedvaj with a shin injury, both sides should be at full-strength, with Nabil Bentaleb pushing for a return to the Schalke team having missed the defeat to Hoffenheim.

A home win is priced at n/a and that is the most likely outcome in a clash between two teams desperate to mount a serious challenge for a European finish.

Recommended bet: Home win n/a
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