It wasn't so long ago that matches between Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 were some of the most anticipated bouts in the Bundesliga. Two of the best teams in the league for years, they were highly charged rivalry matches with great meaning for how the Bundesliga season would unfold. Lately, though, the rivalry has lost some of its charm -- as Bayern has skyrocketed back to the ultra-elite of Europe, Schalke has fallen on harder times, struggling to maintain relevance among an ever-improving crop of clubs in Germany.
Now, though, might be the time for Schalke to try to reclaim some of their lost glory. Despite losing their first match of the season to Eintracht Frankfurt, they're confident that playing in front of the home crowd plus better integration of their summer signings can help propel them to a better showing, one that can catch Bayern off guard.
While the defending champions won in fine fashion in their season opener, they looked like they weren't quite all the way there yet in terms of how they were adapting to their new manager, Carlo Ancelotti. If Schalke can pick out some weakness in their game, they might just be able to get something out of this match -- though they know full well that they're definitely in the underdog position in this match and in this rivalry now. That can provide some advantage in the form of freedom from pressure, but it also means that they need to be at their absolute best.
To watch this match online in the United States, you can stream it live on the Fox Soccer 2GO subscription service, and depending on your Internet provider you might be able to watch freely on Fox Sports Go. In Germany, the match will be on Sky Go Deutschland, and for listings in other countries you can check out LiveSoccerTV.
TV: Fox Sports 1 (U.S.), Sky Bundesliga 1/HD (Germany), BT Sport 2 (U.K.)
Match Date/Time: Friday, 2:30 p.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. local
Venue: VELTINS-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany