Defending German cup champions Bayern Munich will look to
extend their fine form as they travel to the Veltins Arena for their DFB Pokal
quarter-final tie with Schalke 04.
The Bavarians enter the fray on the back of a two-month-long
unbeaten run, with their latest outing yielding a whopping 6-0 hammering of
Hoffenheim. Knowing a win will guarantee
a spot in the final four of the competition, interim boss Hansi Flick would be
expecting to see his boys continue the fascinating brand of football they have
been playing in recent times.
Schalke’s current situation is the exact opposite to that of
Bayern’s. Die Knappen sit sixth in the Bundesliga table, and trail a Champions
League spot by 8 points. David Wagner’s men have enjoyed a great run in the cup
so far, but coming off of two demoralizing defeats at the hands of Leipzig
(0-5) and Koln (0-3), the hosts face an uphill battle to reverse their form on
To add to their woes, Schalke lost defensive duo Ozan Kabak
and Omar Mascarell during their 3-0 away defeat at Koln. Mascarell has
been sidelined for the remainder of the season and Kabak is also expected to be
ruled out for a while, even though the club have not revealed the extent of the
Turkish international’s injury lay-off.
With Benjamin Stambouli and Salif Sane also featuring in the
injury list, it’s almost certain that Barcelona loanee Jean-Clair Todibo
would be called upon for defensive duty.
It’s no easy task to fill in the shoes of someone like Robert Lewandowski, but teenager Joshua Zirzkee proved he can take up on the challenge. The 18-year-old has bagged 4 goals across 101 minutes of senior team football, and barely made the absence of Lewandowski felt. Zirzkee is in line for another start, as Bayern’s number 9 remains ruled out with a groin injury.
Ivan Perisic is suffering from an ankle injury while Kingsley Coman will sit this one out with a strain. Jerome Boateng reportedly stayed at home with a stomach bug, so Javi Martinez might get right back in action after recovering from injury.
0-3 (Koln, away) 0-5 (Leipzig, home) 0-0 (Mainz 05, away)
1-1(Paderborn, home), 3-2 (Hertha, home, DFB Cup)
6-0 (Hoffenheim, away) 3-0 (Chelsea, away, UEFA Champions
League) 3-2 (Paderborn, home) 4-1 (Koln, away) 0-0 (Leipzig, home)
H2H (Last 5 Meetings)
Schalke 0-3 Bayern
Munich, Bayern Munich 3-1 Schalke, Schalke 0-2 Bayern Munich, Bayern Munich 2-1
Schalke, Schalke 0-3 Bayern Munich