Bundesliga – Schalke at home to Bayern Munich

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Bundesliga Leaders Bayern head to Schalke, as the hosts prepare for their encounter – Saturday – 6:30pm – The Veltins-Arena GMT.

Leaders Bayern are currently 17 places higher than their opponents Schalke, when the two sides meet, they will sit in first and eighteenth positions respectively.

Struggling Schalke, welcome fancied Bayern Munich this Saturday

Can Schalke make it three out of three, having turned over Mainz 1-0 and Werder Bremen 2-1 in their last two games?

Also, these are challenging times for Thomas Reis’ Schalke, having suffered seven losses in eight games, and taking them into relegation territory. This is a run of form that has to be stopped quickly. With an eighteenth position in the league and 2 wins, 9 losses and 3 draws, they currently have nine points in the League having won two matches, drawn three games, and lost nine fixtures.

Schalke have won two fixtures, drawn one game, and lost four meetings of their seven League matches at home this season.

Victory for Schalke would take their points tally to 12 so far this season.

Schalke’s ever growing list of players missing due to injury or illness to be a concern for Thomas Reis, ahead of this Saturday’s fixture against their opponents.

Bayern Munich will seek to retain their position at the top of the table, this match is no exception

Bayern will hope to increase their wins in a row, having secured a 6-1 victory over Werder Bremen in their last fixture.

Also, another game and another win for League leaders Bayern, winning is becoming habitual for them and this is the mark of a team, which has contributed significantly to rise up the top of the Bundesliga. They are the team to beat, with 31 points and sitting at the top of the table (current record: 9W – 1L and 4D) having won nine games, drawn four meetings, and lost one game.

Bayern’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Schalke. In the 7 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won four fixtures, drawn two matches, and lost one game.

Bayern Munich will want to keep the pressure on their rivals as they sit at the top of the table, a win will take them to 34 points and keep their momentum going forward.

A solid defensive team

Bayern’s defence has been rock solid so far, only conceding 13 goals in their previous matches. Bayern’s goal scoring stats this season are among the best in the League (47). This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Jamal Musiala (9), Serge Gnabry (7), and Sadio Mane (6).

It is likely that five key players will miss Saturday’s fixture, which is something of a concern for Julian Nagelsmann and his Bayern team.

Schalke v Bayern Munich – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels this is an encounter that has often resulted in a visitor win. Bayern have the lion’s share of victories with 39 wins and 16 draws. Further, the two sides have drawn the last three fixtures they have had. In their most recent meeting of this fixture Bayern Munich secured a 0-4 away win.

Other standout players for Schalke are Marius Bulter and Dominick Drexler with three goals and two goals respectively and for Bayern are Serge Gnabry and Sadio Mane with seven goals and six goals respectively.