Bayern and Schalke will set the ball rolling for the 2020/2021 Bundesliga season on Friday evening, and it’s the defending champions who are well expected to make a fist of this encounter.
Bundesliga 2019/2020 season
Date: Friday September, 18th
Kick-off: 19:30 pm
Venue: Allianz Arena
Bayern Munich eventually won the title at a canter last term, toppling runner-ups Borussia Dortmund with a cool 13 points. They will hope to make a flying start to their season yet and will take confidence from that swashbuckling form at the tail end of last campaign.
The Bavarians were, by some distance, the best team in Europe over the course of last season, underlining what was an overly imperious season with a Champions League triumph.
Moreso, Hans-Dieter Flick did well to keep hold of key players in the summer transfer
window, with Leroy Sane joining from Manchester City for an initial fee of £41 million. The winger returned to team training with his new side on Monday after overcoming his long-term injury problems, and might get a chance to face his former club here.
Schalke on their part, will hope this one is not a repeat of history. Die Königsblauen have not won any of their last four opening away games of the league season(D2, L2), and ended last season winless in 16 whooping Bundesliga fixtures, losing ten times.
While it is likely to be a long evening for them yet, they take in fixtures versus RB Leipzig, Werder Bremen and Union Berlin, all of who they managed to beat in the course of last season next.
Kingsley Coman has gone into quarantine after testing positive for the virus and will miss this game.
Jerome Boateng is also unavailable for this one due to injury.
Omar Mascarell is ruled out for Schalke with a groin injury while Salif Sane is struggling with a muscle problem.
Head to Head
In 110 previous meetings in all competitions, Bayern have accrued 60 wins to their opposition’s 20, with 30 games ending as draws.
Bayern last five competitive games: WWWWW
Schalke last five competitive games: DDLLL
You feel it should be all Bayern, as per the betting angles to employ, but it’s their usually brilliant self that makes it hard opposing them inorder to find value.
With the hosts very much short on odds for victory, backing goals from here looks the way to go, and you can get odds of 2/9 for Over 2.5 goals. That has paid out in each of the last three league games between these two.
Leroy Sane is 9/5 to score anytime against his former employers but it is Serge Gnabry that we’re snapping up for a goal at anytime at 5/6.