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  • February 9, 2013
  • • 17:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: P. Gagelmann
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Bayern Munich-Schalke Preview: Die Roten seek another win against struggling visitors

Bayern Munich-Schalke Preview: Die Roten seek another win against struggling visitors

Dennis Grombkowski

After enjoying a great start to 2012-13, Die Knappen are enduring a rotten run of form, and the Bavarians will hope to take advantage and further extend their lead at the summit

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYERN MUNICH
 
Neuer
Lahm, Dante, Van Buyten, Alaba
Martinez, Schweinsteiger

Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Mandzukic
SCHALKE

Hildebrand
Uchida, Howedes, Matip, Fuchs
Jones, Neustadter
Farfan, Draxler, Bastos
Pukki

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has seen Thomas Muller and Mario Mandzukic become key figures in his side since they were given regular first team starts and the two look likely to start again on Saturday.

The Bavaraians are likely to name an unchanged team for the fourth consecutive Bundesliga fixture; a selection that would mean Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben are relegated to a place on the bench.

An eye injury suffered while on international duty with the Netherlands is almost certain to keep Klaas-Jan Huntelaar out of action for Schalke's visit to the Allianz Arena. Finnish youngster Teemu Pukki, so far used sparingly during 2012-13, is the favourite to replace the club captain up front. Julian Draxler is another doubt after returning from the Germany camp with a severe cold, but he is still in with a chance of starting.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bayern retain their iron grip on the Bundesliga standings with 14 games to play, sitting an incredible 12 points clear of closest challengers Borussia Dortmund. 
  • With 51 goals scored they are also comfortably the league's most prolific outfit, averaging a total of just over 2.5 a match across the 20 fixtures played so far.
  • Top scorer Mario Mandzukic (right) has converted five in his last three outings for Bayern, and also netted for his native Croatia in midweek to extend his scoring run to four consecutive games.
  • Schalke's campaign has been a tale of two halves. After opening with seven wins in their first 11 games, the following nine yielded five defeats and just one victory to see the club slip down to sixth.
  • Die Knappen have won the Bundesliga a total of seven times; however, their last championship success came all the way back in 1957-58.
  • Current coach Jens Keller has been in charge since December 16, taking over from the sacked Huub Stevens.

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Available Squads
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
4DanteDefender
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
33Mario GomezStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
13RafinhaMidfielder
26Diego ContentoDefender
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
9Mario MandzukicStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
30Timo HildebrandGoalkeeper
4Benedikt HöwedesDefender
21Christoph MetzelderDefender
32Joel MatipDefender
6Sead KolasinacDefender
9Michel Fernandes BastosMidfielder
12Marco HögerMidfielder
13Jermaine JonesMidfielder
27Tranquillo BarnettaMidfielder
33Roman NeustädterMidfielder
20Teemu PukkiStriker
36Lars UnnerstallGoalkeeper
-Vassilis PliatsikasMidfielder
17Jefferson Agustin FarfánStriker
10Julian DraxlerMidfielder
7Max MeyerMidfielder
9EduStriker
11RaffaelStriker
Players to Watch
Manuel Neuer
Manuel Neuer
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Germany international is yet to concede a goal in 2013 for Bayern, and his marshalling of a defence that has been hit by injury this season is a big factor in their tremendous defensive record.
Jefferson Agustin Farfán
Jefferson Agustin Farfán
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
On form, the speedy Peru winger has the quality to tear apart any defence. Schalke will need Farfan to pull wide and exploit the spaces left by Alaba, to bolster an attack robbed of Holtby and Huntelaar.
Prediction
No-one looks like stopping Bayern as they continue in imperious fashion domestically, and an out-of-sorts Schalke missing talismanic captain Klaas-Jan Huntelaar start as clear underdogs in Bavaria.
Editor's Prediction
Bayern 3

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