Preview - Bayern Munich vs Schalke 11 Feb

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Match Day 22
Bayern Munich vs Schalke
Sunday, February 11th, 2018
01:30 am (GMT +8)
Stadium: Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.4
Average goals against per match: 0.8
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski ( 18 )
Last five matches: D W L D W
Average goals per match: 1.6
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Guido Burgstaller (7)

Bayern Munich are certain to win the 2017-2018 Bundesliga title as they currently hold an 18 point lead over Leverkusen and Leipzig who are tied for second place.

Schalke are in fifth place, but can vault up to second with a win versus the leaders. Their true competition isn't Bayern though. As things stand, the real competition isn't for the title, but for the Champions League places; the distance between second and eighth place is a mere three points.

Schalke's recent results, a 2-1 loss to Werder Bremen last weekend included, do not indicate that they stand a chance versus the mighty Bavarians. Their first matchup in September resulted in a 3-0 victory for Bayern that they barely had to work for. Schalke only managed two shots on target in that match.

Bayern have won their last six games and are unbeaten in the last seven meetings against Schalke. Schalke on the other hand have had a series of roller coaster results, winning two, drawing two and losing two of their last six matches.

Bayern Munich will see this match through and receive all three points. It is very hard to see Schalke pulling an upset here.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3-0 Schalke


Half Time: 2-1
Full Time: 2-1
Shots: 13-8
Shots on target: 6-3
Corner Kicks: 4-3
Possession: 54-46

Bayern Munich were without coach Jupp Heynckes due to an illness in their 2-1 victory versus Schalke.

Schalke could have opened the scoring in the 2nd minute. Breel Embolo's shot was saved by goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, but the rebound landed at the feet of Daniel Caligiuri. However, the German midfielder was unable to hit the target as his shot went wide. Schalke would regret that miss four minutes later.

Thomas Muller ripped a shot from distance in the 6th minute. Goalkeeper Ralf Farhman made the save but the ball remained in play. Robert Lewandowski seized that opportunity and pounced on the rebound, and poked the ball into the net.

Lewandowski had a chance to double his tally in the 12th minute, but he squandered the opportunity after taking a terrible first touch.

In their only their second attempt on goal, Schalke found the equalizer through Franco Di Santo. In the 29th minute, the Argentine found himself between the two Bayern Munich center backs and slotted the ball past Ulreich and into the net.

The draw would be short lived, though. A great pass by Arjen Robben found Thomas Muller which the German, cool as always, finished to give Bayern the lead again.

Bayern Munich went into the half up 2-1, but they were hardly as dominant as they were expected to be.

Schalke screamed for a penalty kick in the 49th minute. Leon Goretzka, who will join the Bavarian side in July on a free transfer, split the defense with a through ball to Guido Burgstaller. Burgstaller was challenged for the ball but went down too easily and was booked for diving.

Franck Ribery tried his luck at goal in the 56th minute, but his shot was saved by Fahrman. Schalke responded through Embolo, but Ulreich saved the Swiss forward's shot.

Bayern Munich had the final opportuinity of the match. In stoppage time, Kingsley Coman took a shot that took a dangerous deflection. Fahrman barely got a finger to it and sent it wide for a corner kick.

Bayern Munich were the ultimate winners today. Along with their victory versus Schalke, their closest pursuers, Bayer Leverkusen lost. Now Bayern have a 12 point lead over second placed Leipzig. 

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