Date: Saturday 4th February Venue: Allianz Arena Competition: Bundesliga KO: 14.30
Bayern Munich are without both Jerome Boateng and Frank Ribery for this game.
Arturo Vidal could return and Thiago is also available for selection.
Schalke have Klaas-Jan Huntelaar available after injury. Max Mayer is in contention to start but they suffering a long injury crisis.
Two teams here that go head to head in very different runs of form. Bayern are in startling form but struggled last week against Werder Bremen but in the end came away with a 2-1 win. Schalke on the other hand, are languishing in eleventh place and are in dire straits.
Everything here points to another Bayern win especially as they are at home. Schalke’s away form is terrible having only won one on the road this season losing five.
Expect this game to be dominated by Bayern and an early goal could lead to a heavy defeat for the visitors. Bayern however have squeezed past their opposition in recent weeks and Schalke may feel they have a chance against the reigning champions.
Bayern have won five of the last six games between these two sides.
Schalke have won only one of their last six Bundesliga games.
Bayern have won their last eight games in all competitions.
Bayern: Neuer – Lahm, Martinez, Hummels, Alaba – Alonso, Vidal – Robben, Thiago, Costa – Lewandowski
Schalke: Fährmann – Höwedes, Naldo, Nastasic – Schöpf, Goretzka, Kolasinac – Aogo, Bentaleb – Choupo-Moting, Burgstaller
Prediction: Bayern 3-1 Schalke