Preview - Schalke vs Bayern Munich 20 Sep

Started by Bensergi, Sep 19, 2017, 03:29 PM

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Schalke vs Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich steered the ship a little with a 4-0 rout of Mainz on the last matchday. But it threatens to unravel again as they head to Schalke without captain Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben, who is out with flu. Bayern, though, have not lost to Schalke in almost seven years. Schalke's last league win over the Bavarians was back in December 2010,  and will count on a stellar home record at Veltins Arena, where they are nine games unbeaten stretching back to last term. The Royal Blues can go top with victory here, and which will match the last time they were top of the pile in April 2010. Watch out for any corners that will come Schalke's way. They have scored three from that area this season, and will be a test for the Bayern backline, who last conceded in this manner in February 2015.


Match Stats:

  • Schalke 0-3 Bayern Munich
  • Shots: 8-13
  • Possession: 36%-64%
  • Corner kicks: 2-6

James Rodriguez scored his first goal in Bayern Munich colours as Carlo Ancelotti's side eased to a comfortable 3-0 win at Schalke.

The Royal Blues, on the back foot from the get-go, thought they had broken the deadlock midway through the first half when Bastian Oczipka tucked home from close range, but the former Eintracht Frankfurt man was adjudged to be in an offside position. Bayern were awarded a penalty just two minutes later after Naldo handled inside the box, allowing Robert Lewandowski to stroke home his sixth league goal of the season from the spot. The visitors extended their lead soon afterwards, James opening his account for the club with a clinical finish past Ralf Fährmann.

Thomas Müller went within a whisker of making it 3-0 six minutes into the second half when his header from James' cross struck the post, before Daniel Caligiuri and half-time substitute Yevhen Konoplyanka both drilled wide at the other end from promising positions. Domenico Tedesco threw on Breel Embolo shortly before the hour mark in an effort to salvage something from the game, but it was not to be for Schalke as Arturo Vidal finished off a flowing Bayern move to seal a win which lifts the champions top of the Bundesliga ahead of Wednesday's encounters.

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