Bayern Munich are fresh from winning their 30th Bundesliga title and get this season underway with a Friday night fixture against Schalke 04.
This was their eighth straight title and they claimed it in fine fashion finishing with 82 points, 13 clear of second place Borussia Dortmund, whilst Schalke will be looking to improve on a disappointing 12th place finish.
The new football season brings with it new goals and challenges and all eyes will be on Hansi Flick’s side as they aim to continue their dominance in the German top flight.
What time does Bayern vs Schalke start?
The match is set to kick off at 9:30 pm Kenyan time at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern vs Schalke team news
The German champions are excited at the prospect of Leroy Sane making his Bayern debut after completing a move from Manchester City during this transfer window.
Ivan Perisic and Phillipe Coutinho have both returned to their respective clubs and there remains doubt of Thiago Alcantara staying on after being linked with a move to English champions Liverpool.
Robert Lewandowski, who scored the most goals in Europe last season, is expected to lead the attack alongside Serge Gnabry and Thomas Mueller.
For the visitors, Mark Uth and Amine Harit are expected to lead the front line while Salif Sane is still a doubt due to injury.
Bayern vs Schalke head to head
In total, these times have gone at it 54 times and Bayern have a superior record having won 31 of those matches.
Schalke have only managed 12 wins, with the other 11 resulting in draws.
But the visitors have not managed a win against Bayern since a 2-0 triumph in December 2010, courtesy of goals by Jose Manuel Jurado and Benedikt Howedes.
Bayern vs Schalke prediction
Judging from their 10-year run against Schalke, it is almost a guarantee that Bayern will win this fixture.
The depth in the squad and ability to score many goals gives Bayern the edge and their quality is far more superior, so every wager sees a victory for the home side.