A strong challenge awaits table toppers Bayern Munich when they host FC Schalke 04 tonight at the Allianz Arena. While Bayern are sitting 15 points clear at the top, FC Schalke are fighting for a top-4 spot and points will be more important for the visitors. Schalke are level with Borussia Dortmund on 34 points and a win is the only result that can help them improve their position in the table. Another point of attraction will be Leon Goretzka who was signed by Bayern but will play for Schalke in this game.
When: February 10th, 11:00 PM IST
Where: Allianz Arena, Munich
Matches Played: 100
Bayern Munich: 52
FC Schalke 04: 19
Bayern Munich: W W W W W W
FC Schalke 04: W L W D L W
Midfielder Thiago Alcantara is back in full team training and might be seen on the bench in today’s game.
Javi Martsides and Jerome Boateng will also be available for selection after recovering from an injury and illness respectively.
Thomas Müller is a doubtful starter.
Nastasic will be ruled out of the game due to a suspension he received in his last game.
While Baba will continue to remain absent due to fitness issues, Insua will also remain sidelined due to his rib injury
Ulreich; Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Alaba; Martinez, Vidal; Robben, James, Coman; Lewandowski
FC Schalke 04:
Fährmann; Kehrer, Naldo, Stambouli ; Caligiuri, Meyer, Goretzka, Oczipka; Pjaca, Burgstaller, Harit
Bayern Munich: Lewandowski and James
FC Schalke 04: Goretzka and Burgstaller
It won’t be an easy outing for either sides as both of them have got enough fire-power to dismantle each other. However, the task will be more difficult for FC Schalke 04 who are more desperate for the 3 points. Bayern on the other hand would simply be looking to get in shape for their Champions League fixture this week. The final scoreline would likely end up in Bayern’s favour but FC Schalke won’t give in without a fight. The final score is expected to be 2-1 or 3-1 for Bayern.