Schalke to be schooled by the Bavarians
There couldn’t be two more contrasting sides at the moment in the Bundesliga. Gelsenkirchen’s Schalke have had a tough time of it as of late. They’ve lost all three of their opening three matches, while southern rivals Bayern have got off to a flying start.
Not what they expected
Schalke manager Domenico Tedesco guided Schalke to an impressive second place finish last season in his first campaign managing in the Bundesliga. Tedesco and his team exceeded all expectations, but now with the new season underway he can’t rest on his laurels. God knows what Schalke have been resting on because they haven’t claimed a single point so far.
History speaks for itself
This tie hasn’t been kind to Schalke in recent years. In the league Bayern have got the better of the Rühr outfit in all but one match over the last two seasons. Schalke held Bayern to a 1-1 draw back in 2016.
Last season at Schalke’s Veltins Arena, Bayern beat the home side with both Lewandowski and James Rodriguez finding the net.
Form guide: Schalke’s last 5:
- Porto (h) 1-1
- Borussia Mönchengladbach (a) 2-1
- Hertha Berlin (h) 0-2
- Wolfsburg (a) 2-1
- Schweinfurt (a) 0-2
Form guide: Bayern’s last 5:
- Benfica (a) 0-2
- Leverkusen (h) 3-1
- Stuttgart (a) 0-3
- Chicago Fire (h) 4-0
- Hoffenheim (h) 3-1
Bayern boosted by squad selection
All of Bayern’s forward line are available for the match against Schalke on Saturday night. Müller, James, Ribéry, Robben and Lewandowski are all ready and raring to go, while summer acquisition Goretzka will be hoping to make an impact.
No home advantage
Schalke will have to dig deep to win this one. Bayern have got the better of them on home soil 0-2 and 0-3 over the last two seasons, denying them even a goal at their home ground.
Considering recent form and what history has shown us, it has to be a Bayern win. Surprisingly the odds are still decent for Bayern to take all three points at 2/5 (1.4) with Betway.