Bayern Munich continue their unstoppable charge towards the Bundesliga title when fifth placed Schalke arrive at the Allianz Arena for this Saturday evening fixture. Jupp Heynckes’ side have a commanding 18 point lead at the top of the table, and are heavy favourites for this one.
Where and when: Allianz Arena – 10 February, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Bayern Munich vs. Schalke: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Robert Lewandowski, James Rodriguez and Arturo Vidal all got on the scoresheet when the teams met in Gelsenkirchen in September, with Bayern cruising to a 3-0 victory.
Bayern Munich v Schalke Predictions and Preview
Bayern are unbeaten in their last 15 games against Schalke, and there are few reasons to think this will change on Saturday. The Bavarians are looking imperious at the top of the Bundesliga, although their capture of Leon Goretzka adds plenty of spice to this game.
The talented German youngster agreed to move to the Allianz Arena when his Schalke contract expires in the summer, and it’ll be very interesting to see how he performs if he starts. At least the midfielder can’t do much to harm his future club’s title ambitions, thanks to that massive lead.
Bayern are the huge favourites going into this game, and are priced at 2/7 in the betting. Manuel Neuer continues to miss out for Die Roten, while Jerome Boateng is also a doubt. Arturo Vidal, Javi Martinez and Thiago Alcantara are all back in training after various problems, but even without that influential trio the Bavarians will fancy their chances having won 12 of those last 15 against Schalke. A third straight 3-0 victory for Der FCB over Schalke is 8/1.
The visitors meanwhile are 12/1 and will be without Weston McKennie because of a knee injury, while Matija Nastasic is suspended after being sent off with just over 10 minutes to go of Die Konigsblauen’s game at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday. Schalke were winning 1-0 at that point, but went on to lose 2-1 in a blow for their Champions League qualification hopes.
The draw is priced at 11/2, and would be a good result for Domenico Tedesco’s side in the circumstances. All three of the recent draws between Bayern and Schalke have ended 1-1, with the two most recent of those coming at the Allianz Arena. A repeat of that scoreline is available at 11/1.
One to watch for Bayern Munich: Thomas Muller scored his 100th Bundesliga goal in January, and he’s 22/5 to break the deadlock or 11/2 to score two or more as he did in that game against Bremen.
One to watch for Schalke: Guido Burgstaller is Schalke’s top scorer this season with seven goals in his 20 Bundesliga appearances so far. He’s 12/1 to bag the first goal of the game and 37/10 to score anytime.
Long shot: Bayern went 2-0 down at early on against Hoffenheim in their last home game, before recovering to win 5-2. They’re 17/2 to win from behind in this one.