Bundesliga Preview: Bayern Munich - Schalke
The Bavarians meet the surprise Champions League semi-finalists in their quest for third place
By Vasil Kotsev
|Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1)
Butt; Lahm, Van Buyten, Badstuber, Contento; Tymoshchuk, Schweinsteiger; Robben, Muller, Ribery; Gomez
Andries Jonker's team will be boosted by the fact that Arjen Robben returns from suspension, meaning that Bayern Munich are going to field their most potent attacking force. Miroslav Klose will most probably be replaced by Thomas Muller in the role behind Mario Gomez, while Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery will take the right and left wings respectively.
Luiz Gustavo is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, which means that Holger Badstuber will deputise for the versatile Brazilian.
Neuer; Uchida, Howedes, Metzelder, Escudero; Farfan, Papadopoulous, Kluge, Jurado; Raul, Edu
Ralf Rangnick is likely to field the same team that lost 2-0 at Veltins Arena to Manchester United in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Champions League. Benedikt Howedes, who missed the game against the English outfit in midweek due to injury, is likely to recover in time for the game at the Allianz Arena.
He will likely replace Joel Matip as partner of Christoph Metzelder at the heart of Schalke's defence. Sergio Escudero is likely to replace Hans Sarpei at left-back on the grounds that the ex-Bayer Levekusen man does not have enough pace to deal with swift attackers as shown against Manchester United.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Bayern Munich have won 10 of their last 11 home games.
- In the last 40 home games against Schalke, the Bavarians have lost just six times.
- That said, Bayern Munich last won against the Royal Blues at home in March 2007, losing twice and drawing twice.
- The Bavarians have scored at least one goal in their last 16 Bundesliga games. Bayern Munich last failed to get on the scoresheet at the Veltins Arena in a 2-0 loss to Schalke.
- Schalke have not won in five games, picking up just two draws.
- Ralf Rangnick last won against Bayern Munich three years ago with Schalke at home.
- The Royal Blues have scored just 35 goals in Munich. The Bavarians have recorded an astonishing 101 in their meetings.
- Should Schalke topple Bayern Munich, it will be Ralf Rangnick's 100th win in the Bundesliga.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Bayern München 2-0 Schalke 04
- 19.64 %
FC Bayern München 2-1 Schalke 04
- 15.02 %
FC Bayern München 3-1 Schalke 04
- 14.69 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Mar 1, 2014||FC Bayern München 5 - Schalke 04 1|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Sep 21, 2013||Schalke 04 0 - FC Bayern München 4|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Feb 9, 2013||FC Bayern München 4 - Schalke 04 0|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Sep 22, 2012||Schalke 04 0 - FC Bayern München 2|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Feb 26, 2012||FC Bayern München 2 - Schalke 04 0|
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|Mar 11, 2014||FC Bayern München 1 - Arsenal 1||UCL|
|Mar 8, 2014||VfL Wolfsburg 1 - FC Bayern München 6||GER1|
|Mar 1, 2014||FC Bayern München 5 - Schalke 04 1||GER1|
|Feb 23, 2014||Hannover 96 0 - FC Bayern München 4||GER1|
|Feb 19, 2014||Arsenal 0 - FC Bayern München 2||UCL|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|
|17||Jefferson Agustin Farfán||Striker|
The Dutch ace returns from suspension, motivated and raring to guide his team to victory. If there is one thing that can crack the wall that is Manuel Neuer, this is Arjen Robben's fearsome left foot.
The goalkeeper, who might be on the pitch at the Allianz Arena more often from next season, is probably playing his last game against Bayern Munich in Schalke shirt for a long time. When Schalke's defence fails, Manuel Neuer is there to keep the ball away from the goal-line with his superb reflexes, and athletic body. Expect "Entschuldigung, Neuer" signs in the stands on Saturday.
Bayern Munich need all the points they could get now, and will give their all to win this game. With a full-strength attack at Andries Jonker's disposal, the Bavarians are likely to break their recent negative record against Schalke at the Allianz Arena. The Royal Blues do not have much to fight for in the Bundesliga, and with a game in England on Wednesday, they are likely to put less effort in this match.
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Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed