Date: August 30, 2014
Venue: Veltins Arena, Schalke, Germany
Kick off time: 19:30 BST
Schalke will welcome the most decorated team in Germany when Bayern Munich visit the Veltins Arena on Saturday in the second round of the Bundesliga. The game will be a derby of sorts as there is quite a bit of animosity towards Bayern as far as the home fans are concerned.
The fact that Bayern have from time to time snared their best players to Munich, latest of which is Mauel Neuer, has not gone down too well with the home supporters. One could expect a feisty encounter when the two sides meet on the weekend for what will hopefully be an entertaining 90 minutes.
Schalke have not been in the best of form this season. Quite a few of their players were on international duty with their respective nations at the World Cup in Germany and extended breaks for the internationals meant that pre-season was a rocky affair.
Besides a draw in the first preseason match against West Ham United, Schalke have lost to Newcastle, Spurs, Dynamo Dresden, and last week at Hannover. The team have managed to keep hold of their best players so far and will hope to retain them post September 1. The club have also bought well with Sidney Sam a great addition going forward.
Bayern Munich’s form
Besides a preseason loss against an MLS All Stars side in America on August 7, and a 2-0 loss at the Westfalenstadion in the German Super Cup at the hands of Dortmund, Bayern have had a good pre-season. The Bundesliga champions also had a good start to the league campaign with a win against Wolfsburg on opening day.
Bayern have also added Mehdi Benatia from AS Roma and remain hopeful of securing the services of Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid before they face Schalke at the weekend.
Schalke: Julian Draxler
The attacking midfielder, who featured high on the wanted list at Bayern and Arsenal at the beginning of last season let himself down with his showing last season. Draxler will be keen to make up for lost time and has the ability to turn a match on its head singlehandedly.
Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski
Lewandowski is clearly the best out and out striker in Europe currently and he took his game to another level last season with Dortmund. The Polish striker will now be supported by what looks like one of the best midfields ever assembled in German footballing history and that should help him score tons of goals.
Even if Schalke turn up and play out of their skins, Bayern just have far too much power, collective skill and technique to take them apart at the Veltins Arena on Saturday. Bayern are a short price but 1.53 is worth taking given their far superior quality.
I do think we will see a low-scoring game here though and anything above odds of 2.4 on the under 2.5 goals is worth snapping up.
Bayern to win at 1.53 (BetVictor)
Under 2.5 goals at 2.55 (BetVictor)