Last Match Before World Cup Break
The 2022 World Cup begins on Nov. 20, meaning Saturday’s matches are the last Bundesliga fixtures prior to the big event. No matter what happens on Saturday at Veltins-Arena, Bayern Munich will go into the break in first place, but the reigning champs have a great opportunity to increase their advantage over FC Union Berlin and Freiburg up to seven points.
As for Schalke 04, the Royal Blues are dead last, but they just regained some confidence by getting their second victory of the season. They still come in as the massive betting online underdogs, but they literally have nothing to lose and much to win.
Schalke 04: Better at Home
While Schalke is dead last thanks to a 2-3-9 record, it’s worth noting that both wins came at home. First, they defeated Bochum 3-1. Most recently, they beat Mainz 05 1-0 thanks to Simon Terodde, who scored only 10 minutes into the game.
They lost possession against Mainz 05, but ended up with four more shots on target, proving they can be lethal when playing on the counter-attack. Plus, of their 13 goals in total, nine were scored at Veltins-Arena.
Individually, Marius Bulter is the main reason for you to consider including the Royal Blues in your soccer picks, especially at +1450. Bulter is the team’s top scorer with three goals.
The Royal Blues aren’t playing any international competition and they’re already eliminated from the DFB Pokal, meaning that not being relegated from the Bundesliga is all they’ve left. Finally, they’ve no major injury concerns.
Bayern Munich: Mane Out
Midweek, Bayern Munich crushed Werder Bremen 6-1 with Serge Gnabry as Man of the Match after scoring a brace. I hope you followed our prediction of Bremen scoring. Anyway, Jamal Musiala, Leon Goretzka, and Mathys Tel also scored. The bad news is that Sadio Mane got injured. He’s out for this game and remains questionable for the WC.
The good news for the reigning champs is that Musiala and Gnabry are on fire. Musiala is the team’s top scorer with nine goals and is followed by Gnabry with seven. As if that wasn’t enough, both will be extra motivated after getting the call to represent Germany in the WC.
The reigning champs own a 4-2-1 record in the Bundesliga when playing at home. They failed to score once and finished with a clean sheet twice. Also, let’s not forget that, in the UEFA Champions League, they had no trouble beating Inter Milan and Barcelona on the road. In other words, they fear no one.
The visitors are offering a -650 price in the sportsbook to win straight up.
Schalke vs Bayern Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 117
- Schalke 04 Victories: 20 (121 goals)
- Bayern Munich Victories: 66 (253 goals)
- Draws: 31
Last season, Bayern Munich simply had no mercy on Schalke 04. They met twice and the reigning champs won both by a 12-0 aggregate. First, they crushed 8-0 them at Allianz Arena with Gnabry as Man of the Match after scoring a hat trick. Later, they won 4-0 at Veltins-Arena with Thomas Muller stealing the show with a brace.
Summing up, if there’s something you can expect between these two, it’s goals. The total has gone over in seven of their last 10 encounters.
Schalke vs Bayern Match Information
- Game: Schalke vs Bayern
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 12
- Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
- Schalke 04 vs Bayern Munich Live Stream: fuboTV
Schalke vs Bayern Munich Betting Lines
Schalke vs Bayern Picks & Prediction
Let’s see. Bayern Munich crushed Frankfurt on the road 6-1. They also crushed Bochum on the road 7-0. Both are better than Schalke 04. See where I’m going? The reigning champs will crush the Royal Blues as well, but they’ll control themselves a bit to avoid any other injury before the World Cup. Therefore, my soccer betting prediction for Saturday’s clash is a comfortable, yet not humiliating, victory for Bayern Munich.
Score Prediction: Bayern Munich 4, Schalke 04 0
Schalke 04 are listed at +1450 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Schalke 04, you have a chance to win $1450. Bayern Munich are -650, offering a chance to win $15 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Schalke 04 a 6.45% chance to win, with Bayern Munich at 86.67%.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.
Schalke 04 vs Bayern Munich Match Detail