After dispatching Mainz on Matchday 4, Bayern Munich face a likely stiffer test when they travel to an improving Schalke side on Tuesday (kick-off 20:30CEST/18:30GMT).

Schalke have made an excellent start to the season under new coach Domenico Tedesco, winning 1-0 at Bremen last time out. Their haul of nine points from four matches is their highest for six years, and the Royal Blues could even go top of the table – temporarily at least – with a win here.

Bayern appeared to find their groove once again when they sent Mainz packing 4-0 on Matchday 4, and they have not lost to Schalke in almost seven years. However, they will be without captain Manuel Neuer against his former club and Arjen Robben, who is out of the game with flu.

Watch: Schalke vs. Bayern promises to be a mouthwatering midfield battle

Probable line-ups

Schalke: Fährmann – Kehrer, Naldo, Nastasic – Caligiuri, Stambouli, Oczipka – Goretzka – Harit, Konoplyanka – Burgstaller
Absentees: Schöpf (back)
Coach: Domenico Tedesco

Bayern: Ulreich – Kimmich, Javi Martinez, Hummels, Rafinha – Tolisso, Thiago – Coman, Müller, Ribery – Lewandowski
Absentees: Alaba (ankle), Bernat (ankle), Robben (flu), Neuer (foot)
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti

  • Schalke can go top of the league table – for 24 hours at least – if they beat the Bavarians. The last time the Royal Blues were top of the pile was in April 2010, and that was only for three hours.
  • Schalke are winless against Bayern in 13 league meetings. Their last Bundesliga victory over the Reds was back in December 2010 under Felix Magath.
  • The hosts are nine games unbeaten at home stretching back to last term. This season so far, they have won each of their games at the Veltins Arena by a two-goal margin.
  • After scoring against Mainz on Matchday 4, Robert Lewandowski is now the leading scorer among current Bundesliga players, with 156 goals in total.
  • Bayern last conceded a goal from a corner in February 2015, 85 matches ago, against Schalke, who already have three in this manner this season.
  • Naldo has scored more times against Manuel Neuer (4) than against any other goalkeeper. He was also on the score sheet the last time the sides met, in a 1-1 draw in Munich back in February.

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