Bayern Munich opened its Bundesliga campaign with a narrow win, and now the Bavarians must take on Schalke away from home. How are the soccer betting odds shaping up for Saturday's match, and who are we backing to win?
Though they won't be in front of their faithful fans inside Allianz Arena, the soccer betting odds are still very much in Bayern's favor for this trip to Schalke. The league champions are listed in the -200 to -250 range to get a victory, with the Royal Blues quoted at +550 to +650 and a draw approaching +375 at a lot of top sportsbooks.
The Royal Blues wound up on the losing side in their season debut, as they fell 2-1 away to Hannover last Saturday.
Klaas Jan-Huntelaar had put Schalke ahead at the start of the second half, but the hosts fought back and scored twice in a span of three minutes. Hannover was able to hold on and finish as the victors, leaving Schalke without a point to start off their 2014-15 campaign.
The pressure is mounting on coach Jens Keller, with his future in charge of the club in doubt, and Saturday's result won't do him any favors. A positive result against a big team like Bayern could go a long way easing that pressure.
The Royal Blues lined up in a standard 4-4-2 formation against Hannover, which featured Kevin-Prince Boateng, Sidney Sam, Roman Neustadter, and Julian Draxler in a pretty potent midfield line. Huntelaar and new signing Maxim Choupo-Moting was the forward duo, and will be looking to make life difficult on Bayern's makeshift defense.
Can Schalke pull off the surprise win? Tensions are always high when these two teams meet, and you know the hosts are going to be buoyed by the home crowd.
Bayern opened with a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg at home last weekend. It wasn't easy, but goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben ended up making the difference.
Coach Pep Guardiola opted to go with a 3-5-2 formation, with none other than Manuel Neuer as the starting goalkeeper/sweeper.
With injuries piling up, especially to Bayern's back-line, the side had to turn to Holger Badstuber, Dante, and David Alaba as the back three in the formation. Juan Bernat, Gianluca Gaudino, Philipp Lahm, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller taking up the midfield roles. That left Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski in more advanced roles.
As you can see, despite some injury worries, Guardiola is still able to field an incredibly strong XI, and that shouldn't change for the team's first away league match of the season.
Robben, Muller, Gotze and Lewandowski form a deadly combination out there, and each is capable of finding the back of the net, and let's not forget Franck Ribery hasn't even returned yet, which will make things even crazier out there. In an embarrassment of riches, Bayern can also bring the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Claudio Pizarro off the bench.
It's tough to foresee any other result but a Bayern Munich victory, though it should be a fiercely-contested battle at Veltins Arena.
The defending champions haven't looked like world-beaters early on, but they have the most talented squad in Germany and it isn't really close. They'll have learned from their mistakes against Wolfsburg, and should come out focused in the face of what should be a daunting atmosphere.
In addition, the OVER may want to be considered as well, as the Bavarians have looked susceptible defensively, and we all know what they can bring to the table in attack. When making your soccer picks keep in mind, goals should be aplenty this weekend, with a host of great goalscorers on the pitch.
Soccer Pick: Schalke 1 Bayern Munich 2