Fierce rivals Bayern Munich and Schalke meet at the Allianz Arena on Saturday in the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich look to extend their lead at the top of table, as Schalke’s disappointing season continues.
Bayern bid for the title
After their crucial Champions League win in Lisbon on Wednesday, Bayern Munich will return to the Bundesliga on the back of three consecutive wins. Despite winning their previous games 1-0, 1-0 and 3-1, Munich haven’t been overly convincing in their performances towards the closing end of the season.
The score line didn’t quite match the proceedings of their last match, a 3-1 victory in Stuttgart. It took the Stuttgart own goal to really kick start their clinical ability in front of goal, however, it is said that a team that can grind out wins when they don’t particularly perform is league winning form.
Schalke will travel to the Allianz Arena with just one win in their previous three matches. A shock 3-0 loss to Ingolstadt shook up Andre Breitenreiter’s team, which was highlighted in their courageous 2-2 draw at home to rivals Borussia Dortmund. A Klaas Jan Huntelaar penalty and a Leroy Sane goal ensured that the points were shared after a fearless performance from Schalke.
Taking a trip to the Allianz is never an easy game to prepare for, but after their terrific performance last weekend and a sign of complacency surrounding Pep Guardiola’s team, Breitenreiter has alerted his team to be ‘positive’ ahead of the clash, following his admittance that his team were ‘absolutely underdogs’. Bayern are unbeaten in their last ten league games with Schalke as their opposition, can the Royal Blues cause an upset?
After coming on late in the midweek game against SL Benfica, Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski will be in contention to make his first start since his minor car accident last weekend. The Polish striker has 25 goals in 28 league appearances for the Bavarians.
Schalke have confirmed they will be without injured trio Matija Nastasic, Leon Goretzka and Marco Höger, full back Sead Kolasinac will not make an appearance due to suspension.
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Lahm, Kimmich, Alaba, Bernat; Vidal, Alonso; Müller, Thiago, Costa; Lewandowski
Schalke: Fahrmann; Caicara, Matip, Neustadter, Aogo; Geis, Höjbjerg; Schöpf, Meyer, Sane; Huntelaar
After their success in the Champions League earlier in the week, it would be assumed that Bayern will look to continue their league form to build momentum leading up to their Champions League Semi Final game with Manchester City. Schalke will be desperate to build confidence and gain some points at the Allianz, aiming to end their forgettable season on a high.