German Bundesliga match preview: Bayern Munich vs Schalke 04. The match will start at 19:30 BST time on Friday 18 September 2020.
Champions Bayern Munich will get the 2020-21 Bundesliga campaign underway on Friday evening with a clash against Schalke 04 at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern lifted their 30th top-flight title last season and will be looking to continue their dominance of German football this term, while Schalke will be determined to improve on a disappointing 2019-20.
Sane is in line to make his Bayern debut against his former club on Friday night, and the 24-year-old will be determined to impress as he prepares to pull on the famous jersey for the first time.
Kingsley Coman is a doubt, having been forced to quarantine at home after a coronavirus scare, meaning that Sane should join Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry in attack.
Alaba is also expected to play despite the speculation surrounding his future, but Thiago is likely to drop out with Joshua Kimmich being moved from right-back into midfield, allowing fit-again Benjamin Pavard to start.
New signing Tanguy Kouassi will miss out for the champions due to a thigh problem.
Schalke, meanwhile, will be without Salif Sane due to a knee injury, but the visitors otherwise have a fully-fit squad heading into the clash in Munich.
Matija Nastasic should shake off a knock to start on Friday, while there could be a debut in the final third for Vedad Ibisevic, who has joined on a free transfer from Hertha Berlin.
Mark Uth and Amine Harit should also feature for Schalke in forward positions, while Sebastian Rudy, who spent last season on loan with Hoffenheim, is set to face his former club.
Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:
Neuer; Pavard, Sule, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Muller, Sane; Lewandowski
Schalke 04 possible starting lineup:
Fahrmann; Rudy, Kabak, Nastasic, Oczipka; Serdar, Stambouli, Bentaleb; Harit, Uth, Ibisevic
Bayern 3-1 Schalke