Bundesliga champions are all set to play their first home match of the new year as they host Schalke. This will be the match that Bayern play in the Allianz Arena in 2017.

Both teams are on the opposite ends of the table with Bayern being 1st and Schalke being 11th. But Bayern coach Ancelotti will have one eye on the midweek DFB Pokal match. And he will surely want to rest a few players in this match so that it doesn’t impact his cup tie.

Vidal, Philipp Lahm, and Thiago Alcantara all returned to training during the week. But it is highly improbable that both Vidal and Thiago will feature against Schalke. As Ancelotti will want to save one of them for the midweek fixture. But with Frank Ribery ruled out with an injury Douglas Costa is expected to keep his place in the starting 11.

Bayern at sitting at the top of the league table with 45 points while their nearest rivals Leipzig are second.

Expected Line Up:

  • Neuer
  • Hummels
  • Alaba
  • Martinez
  • Lahm
  • Alonso
  • Vidal
  • Muller
  • Costa
  • Robben
  • Lewandowski