The Bundesliga match between Bayer Leverkusen and Koln will take place on Friday at BayArena. The match’s favorites, the home team, are aiming for a top-six finish. While the Billy Goats have little to play for in the season finale, they still hope to bounce back from their 1-0 loss to Freiburg.
Schalke has won two of its previous three games, putting them one point from safety in the Bundesliga. They will have a tough test on Friday when they go to Mainz, one of the top teams in Europe.
The hosts’ 10-game unbeaten streak was broken convincingly by a 3-0 loss to Wolfsburg in their most recent game. They have a strong home record and will be hoping to rebound against the ailing Royal Blues.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Cologne
When Bayer Leverkusen hosts Cologne on Friday, they will be going for their fifth straight home victory in the Bundesliga. Bayer’s best hope of playing in the Champions League next season is to win their final four matches, the first leg of which will be played next Thursday in Roma. With only four games remaining, they are eight points behind fourth-placed Freiburg.
The four-game unbeaten streak of Cologne, who will likely finish in the middle of the league, came to an end when they lost 1-0 to Freiburg at home in their most recent encounter.
As the hosts are the overwhelming favorites, it makes sense to look at the goals markets rather than the match result options, and both teams to score appeals. Bayer might be tempted to rotate for this match before their trip to Italy.
Despite scoring in eight straight home games, Bayer has only kept two clean sheets during that stretch. After managing just one victory in 13 attempts away from home in the league before that, Cologne has finally found some form on the road and comes into the BayArena with back-to-back victories.
In Head Coach Xabi Alonso’s first season with the team, Bayer Leverkusen is on track to finish in the top six of the Bundesliga, but they still have work to do and games to win to guarantee that they cut. Fortunately for Die Werkself, they have won four straight matches at the BayArena and are capable of defeating Cologne there on Friday.
We advise taking the points away from the guests here because they have lost eight of their last 10 Bundesliga games. When Bayer Leverkusen defeated Cologne 2-1 in November, over 2.5 goals were scored, and the same obstacle might be overcome when the teams square off in the rematch on Friday.
Six goals scored by Cologne in their last two away games suggests they possess the cutting edge necessary to trouble the Bayer defense. However, Leverkusen has scored 11 of their own goals in their last four home games, and four of their previous five home games have featured three or more goals. All in all, chances are high for goals to come in huge numbers this Friday.
Tip: Bayer Leverkusen to Win / Over 2.5 Goals
Bayer Leverkusen – ❌
Over 2.5 Goals – ✅
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Mainz vs Schalke
Good season for Mainz. For the upcoming season, they are competing for the European cups. Before losing 3-0 to Wolfsburg on the road last weekend, Mainz had won ten straight games without suffering a defeat. The home team dominated early on, and by the 28th minute, they had already jumped out to a three-goal lead.
Despite having a long history, Schalke may drop back down to German football’s second tier despite achieving promotion to the Bundesliga last year. Schalke is now one point off the safety line and in the relegation zone. The preceding three games were all victories for Schalke. They defeated Werder Bremen 2-1 at home in the previous game.
Since Schalke trailed for almost the entire game, this victory was enormous for them. Schalke may have improved recently, picking up six of the past nine possible points, but both of those victories came at home. In their 14 tries to win on the road in the Bundesliga this season, the visitors have only succeeded once, losing eight times. Over their previous two trips, they have also given up a total of six goals without responding with their own.
Before their match with Schalke on Friday, Mainz has won four and drawn two of their last six home games. When Mainz lost 3-0 to Wolfsburg last weekend, their 11-game unbeaten streak came to an abrupt end. However, they have a chance to pick up their streak again by defeating struggling Schalke at home on Friday.
In their last six games at the MEWA Arena, Mainz has won four and drawn two, while Schalke has won only once away from home this year. Prediction suggests betting on Die Nullfünfer winning since the home advantage is a significant role.
Mainz has a strong goal-scoring record this season, and their prowess in the final third at the MEWA Arena was on display in their most recent match there as they defeated a dazed Bayern Munich with three goals. In five of their previous seven home games overall, Mainz has scored at least twice, and they can score at least a brace on Friday against a lenient Schalke defense.
Tip: Mainz to Win / Mainz Over 1.5 goals
Mainz to win – ✅
Mainz Over 1.5 Goals – ✅
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Below are our top betting fixtures for Friday;
- Racing v Flamengo Bet9ja, Paripesa, 1xBet ❌
- Jagiellonia v Slask Wroclaw ❌
- Waalwijk v Volendam Bet9ja, Paripesa, 1xBet ✅
- Mainz 05 v Schalke ✅
- Botafogo v LDU Bet9ja, Paripesa, 1xBet ❌
- Gimnasia v Goias Bet9ja, Paripesa, 1xBet ❌
- Henan v Beijing ❌
Over 2.5 goals
- Mainz 05 v Schalke Bet9ja, Paripesa, 1xBet ✅
- Gornik v Warta Poznan ❌
- Shenua v Dalian Bet9ja, Paripesa, 1xBet ✅
- Adelaide v Wellington ❌
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