Bayern Munich travel to the Veltins-Arena to face Schalke in Saturday’s evening Bundesliga kick-off. The visitors are looking to maintain their 100% start to the new campaign, and they have an excellent record against their hosts over recent years.
Where and when: Veltins-Arena – 22 September, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Schalke vs. Bayern Munich: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller netted either side of a Franco Di Santo strike as Bayern won 2-1 at the Allianz Arena in February.
Schalke v Bayern Munich Predictions and Preview
They may have finished second to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga last season, but Schalke haven’t managed to beat their Bavarian rivals in their last 17 attempts. Bayern have won 14 of those meetings, showing their superiority over Die Konigsblauen.
Schalke’s start to the new season won’t give their supporters any hope that their dreadful run against Bayern will end on Saturday. Domenico Tedesco’s side have lost their first three Bundesliga matches against Wolfsburg, Hertha Berlin and Borussia Monchengladbach, with the latter’s ninth-placed finish the highest of the trio last term.
Schalke are 15/2 for the win, which is a huge price considering they have home advantage. The stats would suggest Bayern are in for a relatively comfortable day at the office though, which is reflected in the odds. Die Roten are 2/5 to win their fourth straight game at the dawn of the new campaign.
|Bayern to win and BTTS||9/5||Offer|
|Bayern to win 3-1||21/2||Offer|
|Goretzka to score first||15/2||Offer|
To add to the hosts’ problems, Niko Kovac could welcome Mats Hummels back from injury for this game, although Franck Ribery, Corentin Tolisso and Leon Goretzka are doubts. Kingsley Coman and Rafinha are out, while Bastian Oczipka and Benjamin Stambouli miss out for the home team. Johannes Geis is back in training and could be fit, while Omar Mascarell, Sascha Riether and Weston McKennie are being monitored day-to-day.
In truth though, the personnel isn’t likely to count for much when it comes to Schalke’s chances. Bayern have outscored them by 47 goals to seven in their last 17 meetings, and with that in mind, a 3-1 victory for Die Roten looks attractive at 21/2. Bayern have netted three times in each of their three games so far this season, and they’ve looked comfortable in dispatching Hoffenheim, Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkuse – three teams who all finished in the top seven last season.
One to watch for Schalke: Guido Burgstaller scored 13 goals in 37 appearances for Schalke last season, but is yet to hit the target so far this term. Die Knappen need the Austrian striker to start mining some goals, and he’s 12/1 to break the deadlock in this game.
One to watch for Bayern: Leon Goretzka will be in for a hot reception if he starts for Bayern on Saturday evening, after controversially leaving Schalke for Munich on a free transfer this summer. He opened the scoring in Bayern’s only away game so far at Stuttgart and is 15/2 to do the same here.
Long shot: Schalke’s last Bundesliga victory over Bayern was courtesy of a 2-0 win back in 2010. You can get odds as high as 57/1 on a repeat of that scoreline in this one.