Game of the Week: Schalke vs Bayern

Domenico Tedesco’s second season in charge of Schalke 04 has got off to a disastrous start and things aren’t getting any easier. Next opponent are champions Bayern Munich, a team with the perfect record and one dominating Bundesliga for some time now.

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Team Stats & Match Facts

Bayern are undefeated in 55 of their last 60 matches (Bundesliga).

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Schalke on a downfall

Schalke have started the season badly and that’s an understatement. They were defeated in all three starting games - against Wolfsburg, Hertha and Gladbach - with discipline being also the problem, as they have received two red cards. Bayern is not a team you want to face in that condition, but Tedesco and his team just have no other option.

The Royal Blues’ Champions League return proved a marginal improvement with a 1-1 draw at home to Porto on Tuesday but Tedesco knows they need to significantly raise their game if they are to replicate last season’s exemplary run.

“The game against Porto was a crucial step in the right direction,” Tedesco said. “It was a positive signal. It was important to see that kind of mentality and attitude from my players.”

He can just hope they’ll be able to muster something even better for the next clash.

Bayern are as dominant as ever

With a new manager in charge, Bayern started the season with the perfect winning score and the match in Lisbon wasn’t an exception. They have some injury problems (Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso, Thiago Alcantara and Rafinha) but Niko Kovac has been boosted by the surprise resurgence of one player after Portuguese prospect Renato Sanches finally rediscovered his form in Bayern’s 2-0 Champions League win over Benfica on Wednesday. He looks set to even become a first team regular in the near future.

His goal-scoring performance on Wednesday, however, put him in contention for a starting spot on Saturday, with Thiago still doubtful with a toe injury.

“What we wanted to do is start strong in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League and we have succeeded in doing that,” Kovac said. “Now we have to stay focused because we know we are the ones being hunted.”

Bayern are playing the same style of dominant football as they have for years now and are looking pretty hard to stop for any Bundesliga team.

Odds and Predictions

Not only are Bayern playing in a far better form but they are having a much deeper team, able to endure a hard two game schedule both teams are having to face. So, the visitors just won’t slip here.

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Editor's Pick

The odds are very low on Bayern here, so the only one worth trying is probably 2/2 @ 1.9.