Bayern Munich vs Schalke
Date: Saturday, 9 February 2019
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Allianz Arena (Munich).
Bayern’s title-defense ambitions suffered a huge blow last weekend when the reigning champions fell 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen away at BayArena.
The Bavarians had a one-goal cushion at the break thanks to a first-half goal from Leon Goretzka. Nonetheless, everything fell apart within just ten minutes when Leon Bailey and Kevin Volland struck to complete Leverkusen’s comeback by the 63rd-minute. Substitute Lucas Alario only confirmed Bayer’s win netting team’s third goal three minutes from time.
The team led by Niko Kovac thus failed to take advantage of Borussia Dortmund’s slip-up in the away clash with Eintracht Frankfurt. BVB drew away at Commerzbank-Arena to even increase the gap between them and Bayern Munich to seven points with 14 games left to play.
The Bavarians have an imperative to return to winning ways right away on Saturday evening when they play host to Schalke in the last game of the day at Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich vs Schalke: Head-to-head
Schalke have not been a tricky opposition for Bayern Munich in recent years.
The Bavarians won seven and drew one of past eight meetings with Schalke.
Die Konigsblauen only scored one goal in past four encounters with Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich vs Schalke: Prediction
Schalke have had a roller-coaster campaign so far in the season. They entered the New Year in a similar fashion with one win, draw and loss apiece in three league games in 2019. Domenico Tedesco’s men got off to a bright start after the winter break as they saw off Wolfsburg 2-1 at home.
The defensive line showed the lack of meticulousness in the very following match when Die Konigsblauen drew 2-2 away at Hertha BSC, while the last weekend saw the team fall 0-2 at home to Borussia Monchengladbach. Schalke looked toothless in the final third as they were completely outplayed by Gladbach on the occasion.
Knowing the visitors scored just one goal in past four head to head encounters with Bayern, the clean sheet win for the Bavarians looks to be just the way to go here.
Bayern Munich vs Schalke: Bet Tips
Bayern Munich to keep a clean sheet @ 1.90 (9/10)
HT/FT Bayern Munich/Bayern Munich @ 1.57 (4/7).