Bayern Munich vs. Schalke 04 / Bundesliga – Derby of this round will be played in Munich, between the leader Bayern and fifth Schalke, but since there are 19 big points of difference between them, there is no real pressure on the host who is thinking more about the Champions League after they qualified for the Cup semi-finals. Schalke will also play the semi-finals of the Cup, with the proviso that they do not have any European obligations and they are play very different in the championship. Bayern has made the same number of wins in the last ten matches, while Schalke has four wins and four draws, with two defeats. In the first part of the season it was 3-0 for Bayern in Gelsenkirchen. Begins: 10.02.2018. – 20:30 CET
Bayern is easily going for the new title, but they are also easily overcoming the obstacles in the Cup. It is not surprising, that they did not have problems in the quarterfinals because their rival was Paderborn, and it did not even bother that Bayern was the guest in that match. Result 6-0 showed the real state of things and they scored three goals in the first and second half. Robben and Coman dominated, and coach Heynckes used the opportunity to rotate the team.
He constantly makes changes and thus keeps the players fresh, although the schedule is really tough. Of course, the big point advantage helps them a lot because there is no pressure, and every setting that plays, manages to dominate. Interestingly, only goalkeeper Neuer is on the list of injured players, but some players will again be rested and there will certainly be a lot of changes.
Probable lineups Bayern Munich: Ulreich – Kimmich, J.Boateng, Hummels, Alaba – Tolisso, Vidal – Robben, Robery, T.Muller – Lewandowski
Schalke is having a lot more problems in the game in the second part of the season, and this is evident by their results, especially on their field, where they failed to celebrate in the previous two championships and only scored points. It was not any easier in the Cup match with Wolfsburg, but the early lead has helped a lot, to which they came thanks to a goal by G.Burgstaller and it turned out that the final result took them to the semi-finals of the Cup. It is a good achievement, especially when we know they did not have the chance to show up in European competitions. However, championship is the most important thing and they want to win the Champions League, and for something like that they have to fix the form.
They must have been shaken by a defeat from Werder in the last round and after they took the lead. They also remained without their center-back Nastasic, who was excluded in that match, but he played in the Cup against Wolfsburg. Schopf was a surprise in the midfield, and Goretzka was expectedly in the team, assisted a goal for Pjaca, as well as the aforementioned shooter G.Burgstaller. Now Stambouli replaces Nastasi in the last line, D.Caligiuri replaces Schopp, and it is possible that Konoplyanka will replace Pjaca.
Probable lineups Schalke 04: Fahrmann – Stambouli, Naldo, Kehrer – M.Meyer, Oczipka, D.Caligiuri, Goretzka – Harit, Konoplyanka – G.Burgstaller
Bayern Munich vs. Schalke 04 PICK
Bayern plays maximally relaxed, and we believe that even in this match, they will try to be as efficient as possible, and that Schalke may have more space to possibly fight back and give us a very efficient match.
Pick: over 3 goals
Odds: 1.83 at 10bet (down to 1.73 can be played)