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  • April 30, 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: P. Gagelmann
  • • Attendance: 69000
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Bundesliga Preview: Bayern Munich - Schalke

Bundesliga Preview: Bayern Munich - Schalke

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The Bavarians meet the surprise Champions League semi-finalists in their quest for third place


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
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.

Schalke (4-4-2)

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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Players to watch

A. Robben

Position: Midfielder

Games: 24

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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.

M. Neuer

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 26

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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.

Editor's Prediction

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Bayern München

Schalke 04

Wins
4
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Bayern München FCB
FC Bayern München Bayern München
Draw
FC Schalke 04 S04
FC Schalke 04 Schalke 04
76%
16%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Bayern München FCB
2 - 0
FC Schalke 04 S04
FC Bayern München FCB
2 - 1
FC Schalke 04 S04
FC Bayern München FCB
3 - 1
FC Schalke 04 S04

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