Bayern Munich vs Schalke 04 / Bundesliga – For the end of Saturday’s part of program in the 21st round of Bundesliga, we have another derby match. Looking at the table, this is not quite a derby, because Bayern has won 20 points more, but Schalke as well as Bayern, is playing in the Champions League, and both teams have qualified in the Cup quarter-finals. Bayern and Schalke were defeated in the previous round, while Schalke had an easier time in the Cup. In the first part of the season, it was 2-0 for Bayern.
Bayern Munich vs Schalke 04 begins 09.02.2019 at 18:30 CET
In the first two rounds of the second part of the season, Bayern has celebrated quite easily against Hoffenheim and Stuttgart and it seemed they were entering a long series of victories with which they wanted to get closer to the leading Borussia. However, in the third round of the second part, this series was stopped after a defeat by Leverkusen. They had a lead and they had an advantage after the first half, but they received three goals in the second and lost. They have now fallen to third place and have seven points less than the leaders.
On Wednesday they were also struggling in the Cup. They played against Hertha as guests, which has mastered them already in the championship. They were losing and then they turned the result in their favour thanks to two goals by Gnabry, but the regular part ended with 2-2. In extensions they showed that they were physically better prepared and Coman has brought them placement in the quarterfinals. Coach Kovac did a great job when he sent Gnabry to the field, but he should now be back on the bench. Ribery and T.Muller will be refreshment sin the team, while it is very important that Neuer returns to the goal.
Probable lineups Bayern Munich: Neuer – Kimmich, Sule, Hummels, Alaba – Goretzka, Alcantara – Coman, T.Muller, Ribery – Lewandowski
Schalke is still present in all three competitions, but they are doing the worst in the championship. They cannot seem to find the way to get to the positions they objective belong at, though they defeated Wolfsburg with 2-1 in the first round of the second part of the season. After that, they played a draw with Hertha and then played another bad game again and lost against Borussia M'gladbach at home. Perhaps they could have avoided this defeat if their goalkeeper Nubel was not excluded half an hour before the end of the match. They were holding good, but then they received two goals five minutes before the end.
It should also be said that they created a real chance at this match, so they did not deserve a better result. Problem with players' absences were getting bigger and bigger and they were worried before their duel with Fortuna in the round of sixteen of the Cup. Some younger players like Matondo and Kutucu were on the field, and Kutucu even managed to score a goal. The hero of the match was S.Sane with two goals and the match ended with 4-1. Now the situation with players is much better, so Harit returns, as well as Rudy and Konoplyanka.
Probable lineups Schalke 04: Fahrmann – D.Caligiuri, S.Sane, Nastasic, Oczipka – Bentaleb, Rudy – Harit, McKennie, Konoplyanka – Uth
Bayern Munich vs Schalke 04 PICK
The pressure is growing in the team of Bayern and this is just one of the games in the series, which must be solved in their favour. Schalke could also play better than they are now, but since they are not managing to play better against the weaker rivals, it is hard to expect that now against the current champion.
Pick: Asian Handicap -1.5 Bayern
Odds: 1.65 at bethard (down to 1.57 can be played)
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