Preview - Bayern Munich vs Schalke 10 February 19

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Match Day 21
Bayern Munich vs. Schalke
Sunday, February 10th 2019
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich: 
Last five matches form: W W W W L
Average goals per match: 2.20
Average goals against per match: 1.15
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (12)

Last five matches form: L W W D L
Average goals per match: 1.20
Average goals against per match: 1.45
Top Scorer: Daniel Caligiuri (4)

Having looked to have been on something of a charge in their bid to defend their Bundesliga title, Bayern Munich were knocked back down a peg or two when beaten by Leverkusen last weekend. Now seven points behind Dortmund, they can't afford many - if any - more results of that nature. They will be looking to get back on track here as they welcome 12th placed Schalke to the Allianz Arena.

Bayern won 2-0 in Schalke in the first game between the sides this season, and prevailed 2-1 in this fixture last season.

Corentin Tolisso is the only confirmed absentee for Bayern whose injury problems now seem to be clearing up. Breel Embolo, Steven Skrzbyski, Benjamin Stambouli, Allessandro Schöpf and Alexander Nübel are all out for Schalke.

Bayern will likely be disappointed to have won only five of nine at home this season, considering how much of a fortress the Allianz usually is. They have only lost once though when slumping to a 0-3 defeat against Borussia Moenchengladbach and have managed three or more goals in five of those nine games.

Schalke's overall improvement in form as the season has progressed has been well represented in their away performances. They head here having lost only one of their last seven on the road.

Schalke are playing some decent stuff at present but remain a level below a Bayern Munich side who are approaching full strength once again.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3 - 1 Schalke


Half time:  2 - 1
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  16 - 7
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 7 - 2
Possession: 70% - 30%

Robert Lewandowski was the only Bayern player to make his way into referee Daniel Siebert's notebook, with Daniel Caligiuri and Jeffrey Brouma of Schalke also seeing yellow.

Another solid display from Bayern who were the dominant side from the off and thoroughly deserved the points.

The opening goal came early, with Bayern taking the lead in the eleventh minute. A James Rodriguez through ball putting the Schalke defence under immense pressure, and whilst Jefrey Bruma did get a toe to it to prevent Robert Lewandowski getting a shot off, the defender only succeeded in directing the ball into the bottom left corner of his own net.

14 minutes later Schalke were back on level terms. Hitting on the break following a Bayern corner, Weston McKennie sent Ahmed Kutucu racing through just inside the Bayern half. Kutucu advancing to the edge of the area and finishing smartly into the bottom left from the right-hand side.

It took Bayern only two minutes to regain the lead. Schalke coughing up possession inside their own half and two passes later Lewandowski had the ball at his feet around 14-yards from goal. Confident finish from the Pole into the top left. 2-1 at the break.

Daylight arrived in the 57th minute. Kingsley Coman playing the ball in from the left and Lewandowski scuffing an overhead effort. Serge Gnabry was on hand to nod the ball in though from around six yards. 3-1 final score.

Bayern remain second and keep up the heat on Borussia Dortmund, but do still have five points to make up on the league leaders. Schalke slip down to 14th but are still a healthy seven points clear of the drop zone.

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