Schalke entertain Bayern Munich at Veltins Arena in one of the glamour ties of this weekend’s Bundesliga action (2.30pm BST, Saturday, Sept 22).
Bayern beat Schalke in both of their meetings last season, winning 2-0 on both occasions and with Thomas Muller and Nils Peterson grabbing the goals at Veltins Arena.
Bayern go into this game with a perfect record in the Bundesliga so far this season and off the back of a comfortable 3-1 home win against Valencia in the Champions League.
Goals have always been on the agenda for Bayern this season, as they’ve scored at least three goals in all games across all competitions this season.
Both Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben returned to the flanks of Bayern’s attack against Valencia on Wednesday night, with the Frenchman looking particularly threatening. His unpredictability when on the attack is something that tests even the best defences, and he is sure to be another important figure this weekend against Schalke.
The names that really stood out in the game against Valencia, however, were Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos, both of whom got of the score sheet.
Schweinsteiger was powerful and controlling in the midfield, something which was helped by the presence of Javi Martinez in the line-up. The German international opened the scoring on the night.
But I’ve brought Toni Kroos up before and will continue to heap praise on the young attacking midfielder. Getting goals was a quality that he needed to add to his game, but three in all competitions so far this season is an excellent return.
Kroos’ goal against Valencia was a wonderful hit from outside the box, flying past Diego Alves in the Los Che goal.
Manager Jupp Heynckes opted to start Claudio Pizarro against Valencia, but I’m sure we’ll see Mario Mandzukic back in the line-up against Schalke. The former Wolfsburg striker missed a late penalty on Wednesday night.
Schalke, like their opponents this weekend, have a very exciting and promising group of players. Huub Stevens side are undefeated in the league this season and sit fourth in the Bundesliga table with seven points.
The big threat in attack is Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who was the leading scorer in Germany last season with 44 goals in all competitions. Then the team gets interesting with an array of midfield attacking talent. Ibrahim Afellay has arrived on a season-long loan from Barcelona, Julian Draxler is a promising young midfielder who scored last weekend against Greuther Furth, Lewis Holtby also scored last weekend and has been linked with a move to the Premier League this past summer, while Tranquillo Barnetta is going to prove to be an absolute steal having arrived on a free from Bayer Leverkusen.
The team from west Germany are not half bad in defence either. Captain Benedikt Howedes is a versatile defender with excellent leadership qualities, and Kyriakos Papadopoulos is one of the young defensive stars of the Bundesliga. The Greek international saw plenty of action at this summer’s European Championship.
Schalke v Bayern Munich Betting Tips Advice
Bayern are looking particularly good this season, but they will certainly be faced with the toughest opponent so far in the home side. I fancy there to be goals among the two sides, with perhaps an unlikely addition on the score sheet.
I believe this game will be about who has the better defence, because both teams are good at the other end of the pitch.
- I think Bayern would do really well to come away from Veltins Arena with a point, so I’m backing a draw in this game @ 27/10 with BetVictor.
- Kyriakos Papadopoulos is an absolute powerhouse of a defender, especially in the air. Back him to get on the score sheet at anytime for Schalke @ 9/1 with Bet365 & Paddy Power.