• Hosts looking to bounce back after defeat
  • Konoplyanka could make Schalke debut
  • Champions beat Werder 6-0 on Matchday 1

FC Schalke 04 fans could get their first sight of new signing Yevhen Konoplyanka when the Royal Blues host FC Bayern Munchen on Friday night (kick off 20:30 CEST/18:30 GMT).

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The Ukrainian winger joined Schalke on a season-long loan from Sevilla FC after his new side’s opening match single-goal defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt. The 26-year-old should add some cutting edge as Markus Weinzierl’s outfit look to bounce back in their first outing on home soil of the 2016/17 Bundesliga campaign.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti enjoyed the perfect start to his Bayern career when his new charges swept SV Werder Bremen aside 6-0 on the opening night of the season. The reigning champions were untroubled at home, and will be looking to extend their impressive record at the VELTINS Arena, where they have not lost in five visits since December 2010. The match could see Portuguese starlet Renato Sanches get his first taste of Bundesliga action.

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The top scorer with 30 Bundesliga goals last season, Robert Lewandowski is already ten percent of the way there after his opening day hat-trick against Werder Bremen.

Match stats

  • Bayern have topped the Bundesliga standings on 122 of the last 137 matchdays.
  • Bayern's 6-0 in over Bremen was the joint-highest opening day victory in Bundesliga history.
  • Schalke's Markus Weinzierl has lost all five of his previous Matchday 1 encounters as a head coach without his team scoring.
  • Bayern are unbeaten in their last 11 competitive games against Schalke (nine wins, two draws); their last Bundesliga defeat to Schalke came in December 2010.
  • If selected, Schalke's Naldo will become the third Brazilian to reach the 300-mark for Bundesliga appearances.
  • Ancelotti masterminded a 6-1 win over Schalke whilst in charge of Real Madrid CF.

The venue: VELTINS Arena

Possible line-ups

Schalke: Fährmann - Caicara, Naldo, Höwedes, Baba - Geis, Bentaleb, Konoplyanka, Meyer - Huntelaar, Embolo

Absentees: Coke (knee ligaments), Uchida (Achilles),

Head coach: Markus Weinzierl

Bayern: Neuer - Lahm, Martinez, Hummels, Alaba - Alonso, Thiago, Sanches - Müller, Ribery - Lewandowski

Absentees: Badstuber, Boateng, Robben (all fitness), Coman (ankle)

Head coach: Carlo Ancelotti