Bayern Munich at Schalke 04 meet on Saturday at the Allianz Arena in a huge Bundesliga matchup between two sides chasing the title.
Bayern got off to a slow start this season in comparison to their usual dominance, but are now just four points adrift of first-placed Rasen Ballsport Leipzig.
A further three points back are Schalke in fifth, fresh off an impressive home win against third-placed Borussia Monchengladbach.
With the Bundesliga incredibly tight at the top this season, a win for either side would do their titles chances a lot of good, while defeat would likely see them slip further behind Leipzig.
Bayern have been suffering from a litany of injuries all season and have doubts over 11 first team players leading up to this match.
The club hopes that Joshua Zirzkee, Leon Goretzka, Lucas Hernandez and Serge Gnabry will be fit to face Schalke, but Robert Lewandowski and Thiago Alcantara remain doubts.
Niklas Sule, Javi Martinez and Kingsley Coman are all out.
For Schalke Benjamin Stambouli and Salif Sane have been ruled out, while they also have a series off doubts for this came.
Amine Harit and Matija Nastasic should be fit, while the game could come too early for Weston McKennie and Rabbi Matondo.
Bayern Munich vs Schalke 04 Prediction
Both sides secured important wins on the Bundesliga’s return to action last weekend and are now looking up at Leipzig in first.
Bayern’s recent form will be a worry for much of the league, having taken four wins in their last four, but this is not the same team that has dominated for the past few seasons.
Injuries to key players and retirements have left them significantly weakened, while Schalke have found a new level of solidity under David Wagner.
Expect this to be a tight game, but Bayern should just edge it 1-0.
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