Key Battles That Will Shape Schalke's Clash with Bayern Munich

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Key Battles That Will Shape Schalke's Clash with Bayern Munich
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On Saturday evening the Royal Blues of Schalke will take on Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the third perceived top-four clash in just matchday two of this German season. 

Despite bolstering a squad full of tremendous talent, Jens Keller's side haven't started the new domestic campaign in the best of manners, losing 2-1 to Hannover 96 on the opening weekend. 

Bayern, on the other hand, have already overcome a significant hurdle in their quest for further silverware, with an opening-day win over this season's dark horses for Champions League qualification, Wolfsburg. 

Schalke's record against the Bavarian side is quite simply terrible. Last season they lost to Pep Guardiola's side over both games to an aggregate score of 9-1 and haven't overcome Bayern in a league match since March, 2011. 

Will we finally see Julian Draxler and Co. finally dispatch of such a poor record, or will this be another walk in the park for the title favourites? Here's how we think Saturday's clash is likely to shape up. 

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