Our match prediction:
Schalke will be aiming to make amends for a shocking 1-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt when they host their bitter rivals Bayern Munich at Veltins-Arena. Die Knappen are tough to beat at home, but grabbing something from Friday’s football match against Bayern Munich is easier said than done. The mighty Bavarians hammered Werder Bremen in the opening match of the season, but the game against Schalke will be anything but a walk in the park for Carlo Ancelotti’s charges. Bayern Munich aim to retain top position in the standings and, no doubt, the title holders are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Friday’s clash against die Knappen. Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick against Werder Bremen and we predict that the Polish attacker is going to help the Bavarians pick up all three points from Friday’s showdown at Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen. In previous two meetings between the two teams Bayern Munich emerged triumphant.
Highligted Player (Konoplyanka):
Arguably the most talented footballer to have worn the Ukraine jersey since Andriy Shevchenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka is a creative midfielder who can play on either wing as well as through the middle. The talented footballer started attracting interest from abroad soon after coming through the youth ranks at Dnipro, but he resisted temptation to join a top European club and waited for his contract to expire before signing a four-year deal with Europa League holders Sevilla. As expected, Konplyanka quickly proved his worth at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, scoring important goals in La Liga and Europe during his debut season. Together with Andriy Yarmolenko, he has formed one of the best wing partnerships in international football, scoring 11 goals in his first 50 appearances for the national team. After starting all three games at the Euro 2012 on home soil, Konoplyanka helped Zbirna qualify for the Euro 2016 finals, netting two times in eleven qualifiers as Ukraine defeated Slovenia in the play-offs.
Highlighted Team (Bayern Munich):
Over the years Bayern Munich have established themselves as one of the most successful European clubs. The Stern des Sudens (Star of the South) are the dominant force in German football and it has to be noted that the Bavarians clinched their 26th Bundesliga title in 2016. Bayern Munich have won 18 German Cup trophies, while winning the Champions League (European Cup) five times. The German giants clinched the Intercontinental Cup in 1976 and 2001, while lifting the FIFA Club World Cup trophy in 2013. Bayern Munich was founded in 1900 by eleven football players and their leader was Franz John. The Bavarians host their rivals at Allianz Arena (75,000), the stadium that was built in 2005. Fellow Bavarian sides TSV 1860 Munchen 1860 and Nurnberg are regarded as Bayern Munich’s fiercest rivals, but the rivalry between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern is big as well. The likes of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Franz Beckenbauer, Lothar Matthaus, Oliver Kahn, Gerd Muller and Giovane Elber are famous footballers who played for Bayern Munich in the past.