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  • September 18, 2011
  • • 16:30
  • • Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: F. Meyer
  • • Attendance: 61673
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Bundesliga Preview: Schalke v Bayern Munich

Bundesliga Preview: Schalke v Bayern Munich

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Manuel Neuer returns to his old stadium as two of the early Bundesliga pacemakers meet in a mouthwatering clash


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Schalke (4-2-3-1): Fahrmann; Uchida, Howedes, Matip, Fuchs; Papadopoulos, Holtby; Farfan, Raul, Marica; Huntelaar

Schalke 04


Ralf Rangnick is set to name an unchanged side from the team that kicked off their Europa Leage campaign with a disappointing 0-0 draw against Steaua Bucharest. Despite picking up an injury last weekend against Wolfsburg, Ralf Fahrmann started the midweek game and should be fine to keep his place.

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Rafinha, Badstuber, Boateng, Lahm; Schweinsteiger, Diaz; Muller, Kroos, Ribery, Petersen

Bayern Munich



Jupp Heynckes will have to cope with the loss of in-form striker Mario Gomez after the Germany international limped out of his side's 2-0 midweek victory over Villarreal. Nils Petersen is set to fill in for the former Stuttgart-man. Meanwhile, Arjen Robben is still struggling with a bone inflammation but should start.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Schalke beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the corresponding fixture last season.

  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored 12 goals already this season - only one fewer than his total for all of last season.
  • Schalke skipper Benedikt Howedes is the youngest captain in the Bundesliga.
  • Bayern Munich have scored 16 goals this season - more than half the number Eintracht Frankfurk scored last campaign.
  • The Bavarian side were victorious here in 2009-10 thanks to Frank Ribery and Thomas Muller scoring goals within a minute of each other.
  • Mario Gomez' four-goal haul last Saturday ensured that the Germany striker's goal tally has reached double figures for the sixth successive season.

Players to watch

K. Huntelaar

Position: Attacker

Games: 28

  • 9
  • 5
  • 1
The Dutch star has finally translated his international performances into goals at club level, starting this campaign at a canter. It will be interesting to see whether he can carry on in this rich vein of form.

M. Neuer

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 32

  • 0
  • 1
  • 0
All eye's will be on Germany's first choice keeper this weekend after his controversial move from Schalke to the Allianz Arena giants. Neuer himself ackowledges that he will get a frosty reception from the fans who used to adore him, and Sunday will be a big test as any of his mental strength.

Editor's Prediction

Given both of these sides' impressive starts to the Bundesliga capaign and their in-form front-lines, I'd expect a score draw. Although Munich have have had the marginally better start, they'll find it hard in a loud and passionate Veltins-Arena.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Schalke 04

Bayern München

Wins
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2
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Schalke 04 S04
FC Schalke 04 Schalke 04
Draw
FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
86%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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