Schalke v Bayern Munich
Veltins Arena – Gelsenkirchen, Germany
3 April 2010 – 14:30 GMT
The top two teams in the German Bundesliga meet in one of the critical matches to determine who will win this season’s title.
Schalke v Bayern Munich Preview
Schalke leads Bayern Munich at the top of the table by two points and can extend that lead to five points with a win on Saturday. Bayern Munich will be full of confidence after a 2-1 win in the UEFA Champions League against Manchester United.
Schalke is looking for their first Bundesliga title (they’ve won German domestic titles but not since the Bundesliga was formed) in club history and a win would greatly improve their chances. Bayern Munich can go one point ahead of Schalke with a road win. They would have been on top of the table if not for last weekend’s 1-2 loss against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Bayern Munich will have midfielder Arjen Robben back in the squad. Neither team has many injury concerns and will be close to full strength for Saturday’s match. It’s a crucial match for both sides and the result will likely determine the winner of the Bundesliga title. A loss for Bayern would all but end their chances of catching Schalke. With the 2nd leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals in the midweek, Bayern might rest a few players.
While winning the Bundesliga is important, a spot in the semifinals of the Champions League would be a great accomplishment for Bayern. Schalke won their last match, a 2-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen, and undefeated in their last five league matches.
Schalke has been strong at home and should be able to get the win. Bayern has one eye on the Champions League and will likely rest a few players.
|Last Five Matches in Competition|
|Schalke 04||Bayern Munich|
|@Bayer Leverkusen 0-2||VfB Stuttgart 1-2|
|@Hamburg SV 2-2||@Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1|
|VfB Stuttgart 2-1||SC Freiburg 2-1|
|@Eintracht Frankfurt 1-4||@FC Cologne 1-1|
|Borussia Dortmund 2-1||Hamburg SV 1-0|
Schalke v Bayern Munich Prediction
Schalke will win the match 2-1 draw.
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