Second-placed Bayern host fifth-placed Schalke at the Allianz Arena in an important match for both teams. Bayern will be hoping to win to keep the pressure on league leaders Leipzig. Schalke is not, however, out of the championship running either, and a win could announce their championship credentials. The kick-off is at 17:30 (UK time) on Saturday 25th January 2020.
After a dreadful start to the Bundesliga for which Nico Kovac paid for with his job, Bayern Munich seems to be peaking at the right time of the season. The Bavarians have registered four straight wins and will be hoping to take all three points when Schalke visits. Leipzig currently sits four points ahead and a win could potentially cut the deficit to one point, depending on results from elsewhere. The team has also been bolstered right back with the loan signing of Alvaro Odriozola from Real Madrid until the end of the season.
Bayern have already lost 4 matches this season, the same number they lost in 38 matches last season. They have also won 11 matches and drawn 3 of their 18 matches this season. At home though, the team has won six matches, drawn one and lost two of their nine home league games. In those nine games, they’ve scored a whopping twenty-eight games and conceded only nine goals. The Bavarians have also won four out of their last five matches at the Allianz Arena, playing superbly and giving teams a thrashing, including a 6-1 and 4-0 win over Werder Bremen and Dortmund, respectively.
Games involving Hans-Dieter Flick’s team have been high-scoring; 13 of Bayern’s last 14 matches have seen more than 3.5 goals scored. One of the men leading the destruction of other defenses is Robert Lewandoski. The Polish striker already has 20 goals this season in 18 Bundesliga games. Mental!
Schalke has continued their upward movement on the Bundesliga table with a 2-0 home win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the last round of matches. The Gelsenkirchen-based club currently occupies 5th spot on the table, with 33 points out of a possible 54 points (18 matches), and sit 7 points off the top spot and on the same point as the team in the last Champions League space. While qualifying for Europe’s highest club competition may seem like a priority, David Wagner’s men still have a shot at the Bundesliga title, and a win over Bayern would outline them as title contenders.
That said, they face a Bayern side on the ascendency themselves. But given Schalke’s form, anything is possible in the match. Die Knappen are currently unbeaten in four matches and their away form is also relatively okay. They’ve won half of their eight, drawn two and lost two although they haven’t won any of their last two away matches, losing 2-1 to Bayer Leverkusen and drawing 1-1 against Wolfsburg. Their goalscoring record away from home is not bad either; they’ve registered 15 goals away from home, at an average of almost 2 per game. In those eight away matches, they’ve conceded 10 goals.
Bayern would be happy to have Gnabry back after his Achilles tendon injury, but the match may prove too soon for the German International. The same can be said of Alvaro Odriozola, who has just joined from Real Madrid. Schalke will also be welcoming back Amine Harit, while Markus Schubert will continue to deputise for Alexander Nübel in goal.
Historically, Schalke have performed terribly against Bayern Munich. The Bavarians have not lost to Die Knoppen in 19 consecutive matches. In the last 23 matches, Bayern have registered 18 wins compared to Schalke’s 2. That said, Bayern haven’t been at their most impervious this season, and are open to the odd blip, even at home. For risk-takers, a Schalke double chance is not out of place, given the circumstances. In terms of goals, Bayern Munich matches are typically high-scoring, but we suspect that there won’t be more than 4.5 goals in this match. 1xbet offers you 1.49 for this option. For more information on the bookmaker 1xbet click here. You can access more Bayern Munich vs Schalke betting tips and predictions on our betting tips page.
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