Schalke 04 v Bayern Munich Preview

September 20, 2013 | By

2013 Premier League Asia Trophy Free Bets No Deposit RequiredGerman Bundesliga action Saturday Evening comes from the Veltins Arena featuring hosts Schalke 04 playing host against current defending Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich.

View our Betting Preview, Team News, Head to Head Statistics, Tips, Picks, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BT Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 17:30pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Schalke 04 v Bayern Munich Preview, Bundesliga, Saturday 21st September 2013

Schalke 04 had a terrible start to their new season and picked up just 1 point from their opening three games having drawn one and lost two, however coach Jens Keller and his players have turned that form around in their last two games by winning both which is probably just as well as they will need all the confidence they can get when taking on the mighty Bayern Munich come saturday evening as the current defending champions are the only side that Schalke 04 have only managed to beat at the Veltins Arena once since 2005.

Bayern Munich will not be happy about having slipped up against Freiburg a couple of weeks ago when they could only manage a 1-1 draw at the Mage Solar Stadion, but Pep Guardiola’s side have won all of the other four games and only sit 2 points behind current league leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Schalke 04 v Bayern Munich Team News

Schalke 04 Team News:

Chinedu Obasi, Anthony Annan, Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar are all out recovering from respective injuries and miss this one and there is also a major doubt over defender Sead Kolasinac. Other than these players though, coach Jens Keller has a full squad to choose his starting lineup from for this game. Expect the hosts to lineup in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Adam Szalai leading the attack up front.

Adam Szalia and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar are the leading top goal scorers at the club having both scored two each.

Bayern Munich Team News:

A few injury concerns for Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola as he will be missing Thiago Alcantara, Holger Badstuber, Pierre-Emile Jojbjerg and Mario Gotze. Javi Martinez is also a major doubt and will undertake a late fitness test to see if he can be involved. Expect the visitors to lineup with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Mandzukic leading the attack up front.

Mario Mandzukic is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with three.

Schalke 04 v Bayern Munich Head to Head Statistics

09/02/13 BUN Bayern Munich – Schalke 04 4 : 0
08/01/13 CLF Schalke 04 – Bayern Munich
0 : 5
22/09/12 BUN Schalke 04 – Bayern Munich 0 : 2
26/02/12 BUN Bayern Munich – Schalke 04 2 : 0
18/09/11 BUN Schalke 04 – Bayern Munich
0 : 2

Who Has The Advantage?

Saturday evening’s game from the Veltins Arena will become the 93rd meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Schalke 04 have won 19 times, Bayern Munich have won 48 times and there has been 25 draws.

As you can see from the head to head statistics shown above, recent meetings show Bayern Munich with a commanding advantage having won all of the previous 5 matches played between the two sides, in which Schalke 04 have not managed to score a single goal !

Average Goals Per Game?

283 goals have been scored during the previous 92 matches which gives us with an average goals per game statistic of 3.07 which strongly suggests that this game on saturday evening will see it’s fair share of goals scored.

Schalke 04 v Bayern Munich Recent Form (Last 5 Games – Left to Right)

Schalke 04: L W W W W

Bayern Munich: W D W W W

Both sides have been in very good form recently, Schalke 04 have managed to win 4 from their last 5 games, losing just the once and Bayern Munich have also won 4 from their last 5, drawing once and remaining unbeaten.

Schalke 04 v Bayern Munich Match Betting Odds Market.

Schalke 04 have started to find their feet in recent games after a poor start to their season, but with star player Klaas-Jan Huntelaar still out recovering from injury, it is difficult to see the hosts winning this one and no surprise to see the online bookmakers having them priced up at best odds of 9/2 with Sky Bet (£10 Free Bets No Deposit Required for New Customers) to win their first game at home against Bayern Munich since 4th December 2010.

The Draw is probably the best result that Schalke 04 can get in this game, but having lost their last six matches on the bounce against Bayern Munich it is going to take only the bravest of punters out there to get on at a best price of 7/2 with Betfred (£10 Free Bets No Deposit Required).

Bayern Munich do have some injury concerns for this game, but with the majority of the first team all fit, coach Pep Guardiola and his side should again prove too strong for Schalke 04 come saturday evening and plenty of punters will be getting on at a current best price of 4/7 with Coral (£50 Free Bets for New Customers).

Schalke 04 v Bayern Munich Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

The hosts look up against it again here and with their last win over Bayern Munich at the Veltins Arena coming nearly 3 years ago now and the fact that they will be without their star player Klaas-Jan Huntelaar it’s impossible for me to think they can win this game.

Bayern Munich have already slipped up though against minnows Freiburg and that result will obviously fill the Schalke 04 fans hearts with belief that their side can also cause a bit of an upset come saturday evening, but it would come as a major shock if they did manage to pull it off.

The price on Bayern Munich to win this game does represent value considering their dominance in this fixture over the years and I can see plenty of punters adding this game to their weekend accumalators, doubles and trebles and with the goal stats strongly suggesting this game to see a few goals, betting markets like Anytime Goal Scorer, Over 2.5 Goals and Total Match Goals are definitely worth a closer look.

However, when all is said and done I will expect Bayern Munich to have won this game by at least a couple of goals on the night with Arjen Robben being amongst the goal scorers.

The Verdict

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