Bayern Munich will look to make it back to back Bundesliga wins when they travel to Gelsenkirchen to play Schalke 04 tonight, as the league makes it return after the international break.
Following a 6-0 thrashing of Werder Bremen two weeks ago, Carlo Ancelotti’s men face a trip to the Veltins Arena, looking to continue a formidable run of form against Die Konigsblauen.
Bayern haven’t lost a league match in nearly six years to their opponents, although Markus Weinzeirl’s new look side will be hoping to end that run.
Weinzeirl was appointed in the summer after a successful four spell at Augsburg, which saw them play in a European competition for the very first time last season.
The Gelsenkirchen outfit have been very busy in the transfer market over the summer, bringing in numerous new recruits, most notably Breel Embolo (Basel), Benjamin Stambouli (PSG), Coke (Sevilla), Naldo (Wolfsburg) and also Nabil Bentaleb, Baba Rahman and Yehven Konoplyanka all on season long loan deals.
Despite the departure of Leroy Sane, Schalke have been able to keep hold of star players Klass-Jan Huntelaar and Max Meyer as they look to improve upon last seasons fifth place finish.
Weinzeirl’s men will have to perform better than they did on Matchday one, after they lost 1-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Wolfsburg and FC Koln both started the season with comfortable 2-0 victories over Augsburg and Darmstadt respectively, and they face each other at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday.
Both matches between the teams last season ended in a 1-1 draw, as only two points separated them come May, with Wolfsburg gaining the higher position in the table.
Die Wolfe will be hoping to call upon the services of new signing Mario Gomez, after he returned to the Bundesliga following a three-year absence.
Gomez scored 26 goals for Besiktas last season as they won the Turkish league title for the 14th time.
Red Bull Arena will host its first Bundesliga game on Saturday, with Borussia Dortmund coming to town to face newly promoted RB Leipzig.
The meeting is the first ever competitive tie between the two teams, who got off to differing starts before the international break.
Die Bullen scored a 90th minute equaliser to salvage a point against Hoffenheim, whereas Thomas Tuchel’s men recorded a 2-1 victory over Mainz.
SC Freiburg vs Borussia Monchengladbach
Bayer Leveruksen vs Hamburger SV
FC Ingolstadt 04 vs Hertha BSC
Darmstadt vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Werder Bremen vs FC Augsburg
Mainz 05 vs Hoffenheim.