Preview - Schalke vs Bayern Munich 23 September 18

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Match Day 4
Schalke vs Bayern Munich
Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: VELTINS-Arena

Schalke:   
Last five matches form: W W L L L
Average goals per match: 0.67
Average goals against per match: 2.00
Top Scorer: Breel Embolo & Nabil Bentaleb (1)

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 3.00
Average goals against per match: 0.67
Top Scorer: Thomas Mueller, Arjen Robben & Robert Lewandowski (2)

One of the biggest games in the Bundesliga this coming weekend comes at the VELTINS-Arena. At least it would have been on of the biggest games last year as last seasons Champion's Bayern Munich travel to take on the side who finished best of the rest, Schalke. Whereas Bayern have started in flying form this season though, the same can't be said of their hosts.

Schalke sit second bottom of the table having lost all three games to date and will need to raise their game significantly if thy are to hold any sort of hope against Niko Kovac's men. They did at least stop the rot in midweek though when taking a point from Porto here.

It may be a new man at the helm, but it's been the same old story for Bayern so far in the Bundesliga. Three games have yielded three wins and an average of three goals per game.

Bayern did the double over Schalke last season, winning 2-1 at home and coming out on top 3-0 in this fixture.

Schalke will be without Benjamin Stambouli and Bastian Oczipka. Kingsley Coman, Rafinha, Corentin Tolisso and Thiago Alcántara miss out for Bayern.

Bayern are injury hit in the middle of the park which may bring these sides closer together. There's simply too big a discrepancy between the form of the two sides at the minute to predict anything other than an away win though.



Prediction: Schalke 1 - 2 Bayern Munich

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  8 - 13
Shots on target: 3 - 7
Corner Kicks: 0 - 8
Possession: 34% - 66%

Naldo and Daniel Caligiuri were booked for Schalke, with Bayern Munich's Sandro Wagner also having his name taken by referee Daniel Siebert.

Another impressive display from Bayern Munich as the early season bandwagon continues to roll on under Niko Kovac. Schalke weren't awful, they were simply no match for the defending champions, with the gulf between the teams now appearing to be something of a chasm.

Bayern struck in just the eighth minute. Joshua Kimmich sending over a corner from the right hand side and James Rodriguez steaming onto the ball to power a header down and in from the near post side of the six yard area. Schalke will no doubt be disappointed to have conceded from a routine set piece against a side which can hurt you in so many other ways.

Rodriguez really should have added a second in the second half. Teed up in front of goal with the keeper stranded he only managed to fire wide.

It was left to Robert Lewandowski to finally put this game to bed in the 64th minute. Rodriguez did have a hand in it though when bundled over in the right hand side of the area. Penalty kick Bayern. The Polish front man stepping up to the plate and making no mistake to fire past keeper Ralf Fahrmann.

So both sides continue their 100% start to the season. For Bayern that's a 100% record and they sit in their customary position atop the table. For Schalke it's a 100% losing record from their first four games. Sitting rock bottom the only way is up now for last season's runners up.



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