Title-chasing On Saturday afternoon, when a new Schalke 04 team visits the Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich will be anxious to avoid a possible banana skin. Schalke, who are fighting for their very existence at the bottom of the Bundesliga standings, are attempting to win their third straight match. At the same time, Bayern maintains one point ahead of Borussia Dortmund in the characters at the top. Since taking over for Julian Nagelsmann as Bayern Munich’s manager, Thomas Tuchel has witnessed four victories, two draws, and three defeats, so it wouldn’t be unjust to argue that his tenure has been uneven.
With three games remaining, the defending Bundesliga champions are in prime position to win an 11th straight championship and maintain their dominance over German football. Nevertheless, the Bavarians find themself in a familiar situation. Following a shocking 3-1 loss to Tuchel’s old team Mainz 05, Bayern recovered with a straightforward 2-0 win against Hertha Berlin before winning Werder Bremen 2-1 the last time out thanks to goals via Gnabry and Leroy Sane both scored in the second half. Also read: Barcelona beats 10-man Osasuna with the help of Jordi Alba’s goal.
Between November and February, Schalke 04 was stuck at the bottom of the league and spent the bulk of the season in the relegation zone, but a recent surge has allowed them to move out of the bottom three first the first time in almost seven months. Between January and March, Schalke went eight games without losing after suffering 11 losses in 12 games, winning crucial matches against Frankfurt and VfL Bochum along with them. The Royal Blues’ crushing losses to the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim dragged them back to earth, but their decisive 5-2 hammering of Hertha Berlin saw them quickly get back on track. Schalke enters Saturday’s match on a roll after recent triumphs against Werder Bremen and Mainz.
Bayern Team News
The extensive injured list for Bayern Munich now includes Josip Stanisic, who joins other notable players like Eric Manuel Choupo-Moting, Alphonso Davies, Dayot Upamecano, and Paul Wanner. Additionally, the Bavarians will be missing Lucas Hernandez and Manuel Neuer will be out for the duration of the season, thus Yann Sommer will continue to fill in for Neuer in goal. Once again, Sadio Mane, Jamal Musiala, and Kingsley Coman are anticipated to accompany Serge Gnabry in the attack. With Joao Cancelo in goal and Noussair Mazraoui manning the full-back positions, Benjamin Pavard is most likely to pair with Matthijs de Ligt at center back while Joshua Kimmich, who has never failed, will remain in midfield.
Schalke Team News
Eder Balanta, Ralf Fahrmann, Justin Keekeren, Moritz Jenz, and Soichiro Kozuki are among the several injured players that are now out for Schalke. Simon Terodde will likely continue to captain the line if Thomas Reis chooses to keep his starting lineup unaltered in an effort to prolong his team’s winning run. After scoring twice the last time out, Marius Bulter is going to be joined by Rodrigo Zalazar and Kenan Karaman in front of the lone striker, and Sepp van den Berg, on loan from Liverpool, will team up with Marcin Kaminski at center defense.
Bayern Munich’s possible starting lineup:
Sommer; Mazraoui, Pavard, De Ligt, Cancelo; Gravenberch, Kimmich; Coman, Musiala, Mane; Gnabry
Schalke 04 possible starting lineup:
Schwolow; Brunner, Van den Berg, Kaminski, Matriciani; Krauss, Kral; Karaman, Zalazar, Bulter; Terodde
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