European champions Bayern Munich kick off the new Bundesliga campaign with a home match against Schalke 04. The German giants did well to keep hold of key players in the summer transfer window, with Leroy Sane joining the club.
This is the first match of the league season for both clubs. Bayern Munich completed the treble last season and will come into the new campaign as the favourites to win the Bundesliga once more.
The Bavarians last played an official game in August, when they beat Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final. On the other hand, Schalke 04 last played in June when they lost 4-0 to SC Freiburg.
Reason for Bayern Munich vs. Schalke predictions:
- Bayern Munich have opened the scoring in eight of their last nine Bundesliga home games.
- Bayern Munich have won eight of their last ten league meetings with Schalke by at least two goals.
- Schalke have failed to win in any of their last nine visits to the Allianz Arena.
Bayern again proved to be far too strong for the rest of the competition last season, claiming 82 points from their 34 Bundesliga matches to finish at the summit, 13 points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund.
A 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain on August 23 saw them lift the European Cup, capping off a brilliant campaign for the club, who have won their last 13 Bundesliga matches and are unbeaten in the league since a 2-1 defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach at the start of December.
As for Schalke, there is no getting away from the fact that it was a disappointing 2019-20 campaign for the club as they finished down in 12th spot in the table.
In 36 previous encounters between the two sides, Bayern Munich hold the clear advantage. They have won 27 games, lost three and drawn six.
Bayern Munich will be the overwhelming favourites coming into this game. Schalke have not won a Bundesliga game since January and really struggled after the lockdown period. On the other hand, Bayern have proved very difficult to stop.
Bayern Munich are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we are positive that they will make a flying start to the season.
Prediction: Over 1.0 @ 1.96 , Bayern Munich 3-0 Schalke 04