Tuesday 19 Sep

Schalke vs Bayern Munich - Match preview

18 Sep 2017 Ed Mackey GERMANY: Bundesliga
GERMANY: Bundesliga

FC Schalke 04

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  • L
  • W
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vs

Kick-off
18:30 GMT
19 September 2017

Bayern Munich

  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W

Kick-off
18:30 GMT 19 September 2017

After the first four games, it is clear which sides have seized the initiation and have started to make the greatest moves at the top and at the bottom. Two of the sides who are battling at the top are Schalke and Bayern Munich, who face off in matchweek five. Only goal difference separates the sides with Schalke in fourth and Bayern slightly ahead of them in third.

STATS

  • Schalke have started the season quite well and will be happy to find themselves in the top four after four games. They have won three and lost one in a relatively tough start. The highlight was probably the 1-0 opening day win over last season’s surprise package RB Leipzig but a loss to Hannover was disappointing.
  • Bayern Munich have come under a lot of fire already this term and a rift has begun to form between the fans and Carlo Ancelotti. They have won three and lost one of their first four and the loss at the hands of Hoffenheim was very frustrating for their fans. While they have scored nine goals in their three wins, the fans still aren’t happy with the stagnant style of football.
  • It’s former Spurs midfielder, Nabil Bentaleb, who has been in top form in front of goal. He has already managed two goals from his deep-lying position.
  • There’s no surprise to see Robert Lewandowski at the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts and he currently leads the way with five goals.

HEAD TO HEAD

It’s been a very long time since Schalke beat Bayern Munich in the league, you would have to go back to 2010 to find the last time. That’s a run that lasts 13 Bundesliga matches where Bayern have picked up 10 wins. Schalke have only scored five goals in these fixtures (across all competitions) in the last 14 games. Bayern have scored three goals in three of the last five meetings.

Head to head matches: FC Schalke 04 - Bayern Munich

01.03.2017 DFB Bayern Munich FC Schalke 04 3:0
04.02.2017 Bund Bayern Munich FC Schalke 04 1:1
09.09.2016 Bund FC Schalke 04 Bayern Munich 0:2
16.04.2016 Bund Bayern Munich FC Schalke 04 3:0
21.11.2015 Bund FC Schalke 04 Bayern Munich 1:3

SCHALKE NEWS

A win for Schalke in this one would not only give them a huge three points but also a massive confidence boost. They have a great chance of doing so with a fully available squad for the clash. Luke Hemmerich is expected to return but won’t be risked while Donis Avdijaj may also come back into the squad after a month out.

Latest matches: FC Schalke 04

16.09.2017 Bund Werder Bremen FC Schalke 04 1:2 W
10.09.2017 Bund FC Schalke 04 VfB Stuttgart 3:1 W
31.08.2017 Club FC Gutersloh FC Schalke 04 0:9 W
27.08.2017 Bund Hannover 96 FC Schalke 04 1:0 L
19.08.2017 Bund FC Schalke 04 RB Leipzig 2:0 W

BAYERN MUNICH NEWS

Although it’s very early in the season, this game has to be seen as a must-win for Bayern as if they don’t, they could slip four points away from the league leaders. They are missing both of their full-backs, David Alaba being the main absence. Juan Bernat also won’t feature for the Bavarians.

Latest matches: Bayern Munich

16.09.2017 Bund Bayern Munich 1 FSV Mainz 05 4:0 W
12.09.2017 UEFA Bayern Munich RSC Anderlecht 3:0 W
09.09.2017 Bund 1899 Hoffenheim Bayern Munich 2:0 L
30.08.2017 Club Offenbacher Kickers Bayern Munich 1:4 W
26.08.2017 Bund Werder Bremen Bayern Munich 0:2 W

SUMMARY

Usually, it would be very easy to predict a winner in this match but with Bayern Munich’s slight wobble and lack of good quality football, Schalke have the best chance of winning they’ve had in several years. With home advantage, they have an even bigger chance but with the overall quality of the visitors, Bayern have to considered as favourites. It won’t be plain sailing and the game could be decided by an odd goal.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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