Saturday, 10 February 2018

Bayern vs Schalke Match Preview, Possible Lineups + Other Today's Bundesliga Fixtures

Schalke will be looking to get back to winning ways and stop the Bayern Munich juggernaut as the two sides face each other in Bundesliga on Saturday.
Bayern Munich vs Schalke 04
Germany – Bundesliga
Date: Saturday, 10 February 2018
Kick-Off at 18:30 - Nigerian Time
Venue: Allianz Arena (Munich).
Bayern Munich are on a roll in Bundesliga. The Bavarians have dropped just 3 points out of 30 in recent times, that too away from home in a closely contested 2-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach.

Their offensive pedigree has returned under Jupp Heynckes and Bayern look like genuine European heavyweights now.

Schalke 04 have had a resurgence this season, with the club right up there at the top end of the table.

However, the club have somewhat petered out after a string of disappointing results which has seen them register just 1 win in their last 5 Bundesliga games.

TEAM NEWS: 

Bayern Munich - Sven Ulreich has so far deputised well for Bayern in the absence of Manuel Neuer. This will be another test for the second-choice keeper at the Allianz Arena. Jerome Boateng is struggling with fitness issues and he is unlikely to start this game.

Schalke 04 - Matija Nastasic misses out due to suspension and the player should be replaced by Benjamin Stambouli in the starting lineup. Pablo Insua and Weston McKennie remain sidelined with their respective injuries.

TEAM FORMS:

Bayern Munich had a sensational set of last 5 matches, having won all of them and earning the maximum of 15 points. 

Schalke are more on the bad side in their last 5 matches, having won 2, drawn 1 and lost 2 matches, earning a total of 7 out of 15 possible points.  

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

Bayern (4-1-2-3): Ulreich; Kimmich, Sule, Hummels, Alaba; Tolisso; Muller, Rodriguez; Robben, Lewandowski, Ribery.

Schalke (3-4-2-1): Fahrmann; Stambouli, Naldo, Kehrer; Caliguiri, Meyer, Bentaleb, Oczipka; Harit, Konoplyanka; Burgstaller

KEY STATS:
  •  Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 have been in the German Bundesliga for a long time, meaning that the majority of the matches between these two teams have been played there.
  • Bayern Munich have so far scored in all of their home matches in Bundesliga this season, and in 20 of a total 21 league matches so far.
  • There has been a red card in 3 of the last five meetings between the two sides at the Allianz Arena.
  • After a brilliant start to their campaign, Schalke have managed just 3 wins in their last 10 Bundesliga fixtures.
  • Schalke are one of the most aggressive sides in Bundesliga, with a record of 44 sanctions so far being given to their players – 43 yellow cards and 1 red card.
  • Robert Lewandowski has 4 goals and an assist in his last five Bundesliga matches, and a total of 18 goals so far in the league.
TODAY'S GERMAN BUNDESLIGA FIXTURES IN FULL 

 15:30  —   Bayer Leverkusen VS Hertha Berlin

15:30  —   Borussia Dortmund VS Hamburger SV 

15:30  —   Eintracht Frankfurt VS FC Cologne 

15:30  —   Hannover 96 VS Freiburg  

15:30  —   Hoffenheim VS Mainz 05 

18:30  —   Bayern Munich VS Schalke 04

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