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Bayern win their tenth game in a row in all competitions without ever really breaking a sweat. Goals from Gnabry and Choupo-Moting send Julian Nagelsmann's side into the World Cup break in fine fettle. The defending champions are sitting pretty on top of the Bundesliga, where they will stay until proceedings resume in the winter.
Gnabry looks every bit as energetic as he did in the opening minute as the Germany international works his way in from the left. A pass to Gravenberch leads to the Dutch midfielder shooting low at goal. Schwolow saves that one handily enough. There will be three minutes of added time.
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Schalke win a corner following some solid work by the determined Latza. Larsson takes but Bayern are able to clear.
SO LONG MUSIALA, COMAN
Solid shifts from Coman and Musiala, who make their way to the bench for a well deserved rest. Wanner and Gravenberch are on for the reigning champions.
Is Musiala to have a goal that his performance here deserves? Not just now. Schwolow fists out the youngster's latest crack at the target.
PAVARD HAS A POP
Coman's pass is deflected into the path of Pavard who batters a shot over the crossbar.
Double swap for the visitors, who throw Stanisic and Sabitzer into the mix.
Goretzka rolls one along the floor for Gnabry who takes a low swipe at goal. Schwolow saves with his foot. Gnabry was offside there so that wouldn't have counted in any case.
Simon Terodde Jamal Musiala
Musiala has the ball in the net and is on his way to the corner to celebrate with Choupo-Moting. The assistant's flag is up fro offside, however. Bayern's lead stays at 2-0.
Sane doesn't look best pleased to be coming off after less than an hour but Nagelsmann wants Matthijs de Ligt involved at this point.
Schalke try something different with Larsson entering the fray for Karaman.
SAFE HANDS NEUER
Drexler draws a save from Neuer that raises the noise inside the Veltins Arena. Terodde was probably offside in that move, however. Debatable as to whether that would have stood had the ball found the net.
BAYERN AT THE DOUBLE
It's Choupo-Moting, of course it is. The man just can't stop scoring. Schalke have a free kick yet suddenly Bayern are on the break with Musiala. It's four vs. two and Musiala is not even in full flight as he assesses his options. The teen picks out Choupo-Moting who slams home Bayern's second.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Coman feeds Sane, whose got Krauß tugging at his shirt. Sane wallops a right-footed shot low and wide of Schwolow's goal.
TOP SCHALKE DEFENDING
A combination of Gnabry, Musiala and Goretzka almost cuts Schalke open but the hosts manage to clear.
OFF WE GO AGAIN
The second half is underway in Gelsenkirchen. Can Schalke bounce back here or will Bayern double down? We're about to find out.
There ends a pretty decent first 45' minutes. Bayern have edged it and deservedly lead through one more Gnabry goal. Schalke will feel more than a little upbeat about their solid showing in that first half, however. Plenty to play for in the second half here.
Ooooh, not too far away from a Schalke equaliser there. Bülter's tempting pass in front of goal has Terodde stretching. The ball just evades the striker and Upamecano and bounces wide.
That's four goals in his last two games for Gnabry, and six in his last six outings. Solid.
Musiala fancies his chances of making it 2-0 but a wayward shot puts paid to those ambitions.
Bayern have done it. It's all quite simple in the end. Gnabry starts a combo move with Kimmich and then builds with Musiala. The latter accepts Gnabry's pass and returns a back-heeled assist that Bayern's No. 7 allows to run before darting a shot down the middle.
SCHWOLOW SAYS NO
From the resulting corner, Bayern go mightily close to taking the lead with Choupo-Moting's angled header. Schwolow pushes a fine, two-handed clearance onto the post and the Royal Blues survive.
Gnabry taps to Kimmich inside the box. The latter lifts a very dangerous pass towards the far post. Brunner makes a crucial intervention, clearing with a diving header. The crowd loved that.
NO WAY THROUGH
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Coman cuts back towards Gnabry who powers a header at goal. Krauß gets a knee to the ball, deflecting it over before it gets near Schwolow. Gnabry should probably have done better there as he was completely unmarked.
... and it's in exactly that manner that the hosts break through Bülter on the left. The No. 11 is away and breaks in towards goal before firing at the target. Neuer gets hands on the ball and clears, which is just as well for Bayern as Terodde was waiting to feed off any scraps.
Schalke will be loving this. The visitors just haven't really got going at all here and are being penned in through the middle by the Royal Blues, who are looking to pass their way out when the opportunity arises.
Drexler eventually shakes off a thumping tackle by Hernandez and the Schalke man is ok to continue.
Sane whacks one over the top from distance. Schwolow will happily wave those past all night.
A couple of Bayern passes have gone astray in the past few minutes and what is clear up until this point is that the visitors are not at their slick-moving best in the opening quarter of an hour. Plenty of time to put that right, of course, but credit to Schalke who have been fully focused on their task.
We've witnessed a cracking opening to this one. Schalke are at their usual, Thomas Reis-inspired snapping-at-heels best while Bayern are patiently trying to unlock a compact home formation.
BAYERN TAKE CONTROL
Musiala runs at the Schalke defence for the first time. The 19-year-old's shot is blocked back to Coman, who swipes an effort from distance over the top.
Schalke give up possession easily in their own third. The ball is worked out to Gnabry, who batters a shot from the angle over the crossbar. Thomas Reis is not happy with his team.
Neuer races out to the flank and concedes a corner. Mohr takes it but it comes to nothing. The home fans are in full voice now.
A decent mini period of pressure from Schalke, who threatened via Teordde and then Karaman. The hosts will take heart from that.
Kingsley Coman chases Pavard's long pass to the edge of the area, the former heading harmlessly towards Alexander Schwolow, who catches with ease.
Bayern kick off and we are go at the Veltins Arena.
HERE COME THE TEAMS
The teams are out! Beautiful contrast between the Royal Blue of the hosts and Bayern's deep red. It's handshakes time as the stadium announcer belts out the names on the team sheets.
A special, special atmosphere inside the ground as we await the appearance of both teams. Blue and white flags are waving everywhere as the Schalke anthem belts out. Not long to go now.
SCHALKE PITCH WALK
BAYERN BUS ARRIVES
UP AGAINST IT
So, what chance a Schalke victory this evening? The hosts are winless in their last 21 matches against Bayern and have only managed three draws during that run. But as we all know, in football, the shock factor always exists.
BAYERN'S WORLD CUP STARS
Every one of Bayern's starting eleven are headed to the World Cup (six with Germany, four for France and Choupo-Moting with Cameroon). Schalke have but one Qatar-bound player in their line-up: Maya Yoshida.
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SCHALKE TEAM NEWS
Coach Thomas Reis opts for just one change to his starting XI compared to the side that started the 1-0, midweek win against Mainz with Dominick Drexler in for Florent Mollet, who drops to the bench.
SCHALKE STARTING XI
Schwolow - Brunner, Matriciani, Yoshida, Mohr - Kral, Krauß - Karaman, Drexler, Bülter - Terodde (c)
Fährmann, Larsson, Latza, Kolodziejczak, Flick, Mollet, Aydin, Polter, Sane
BAYERN STARTING XI
Neuer (c) - Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez - Gnabry, Kimmich, Goretzka, Coman – Musiala, Sane – Choupo-Moting
Ulreich, De Ligt, Wanner, Sabitzer, Gravenberch, Tel, Mazraoui, Stanisic
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THE TREATMENT ROOM
Both teams come into the clash without a number of players. Bayern's absences are arguably more worrying: star forward Sadio Mane picked up an injury against Werder Bremen on Tuesday and was a doubt for Senegal's World Cup squad before eventually being included, while Alphonso Davies and Thomas Müller also miss out here. For Schalke, Sepp van den Berg and Rodrigo Zalazar are on the sidelines with long-term injuries, as are Leo Greiml and Thomas Ouwejan, meaning options are limited in defence up against the Bundesliga’s meanest attack.
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WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Borussia Dortmund's recent collapse means Bayern Munich can open up an eight-point gap over BVB, although they will stay top of the Bundesliga over the winter break regardless of the result in Gelsenkirchen. Schalke's first campaign back in the top flight has been a difficult one so far as they prop up the table, but the 1-0 victory over Mainz in midweek should provide a confidence boost. With this the last league game at the Veltins-Arena until the end of January, expect the home crowd to be in full voice, although their team will need to come up with something special to get anything against the reigning champions.