After defeating Werder Bremen last weekend, SC Freiburg will take on FC Schalke 04 this Sunday for another attempt at back-to-back victories in a Bundesliga fixture that kicks off at 14:30 (GMT+1). Europa Park Stadion hosts this matchup that should get underway at 14:30 on April 23.
Freiburg Secure Crucial Win to Keep Top Four Hopes Alive
Freiburg secured their second victory of five league games against Werder Bremen last weekend to break a three-match winless run, WCDLW. Freiburg found themselves trailing immediately following halftime when Maximilian Philipp [46′] scored, but Roland Sallai and Lucas Holer quickly turned the tide for their team with scores in each half by Roland Sallai [66′] and Lucas Holer [71′]. They secured a crucial win for Freiburg. Freiburg are currently fifth in the Bundesliga, one point back of fourth-placed RB Leipzig with 50 points earned through 14 wins, 8 draws, and 6 losses over 24 matches played since December 2012. They aim to extend their streak against newly promoted sides – it currently stands at six consecutive wins since they earned promotion into Bundesliga 1 last summer! Freiburg have only experienced defeat once in 13 home matches [8 W, 4 D & 1 L], giving them hope of picking up another home victory this weekend. Freiburg could return to the top four with a win here if other results go in their favour elsewhere; fourth-placed Leipzig are visiting Bayer Leverkusen who are unbeaten over their last five matches and could easily return into contention for fourth position. Schalke have been defeated more frequently than any other side in the Bundesliga , winning four of five meetings against them without conceding an opponent goal. Christian Streich employed a 4–2–2 formation against Bremen last weekend, featuring Holer and Sallai up front; this could change to 3-4-5-3 with Doan, Holer, and Grifo leading the charge instead of Sallai or Maximilian Eggestein due to an accumulation of yellow cards; Manuel Gulde and Daniel-Kofi Kyereh have been ruled out while Michael Gregoritsch [ankle injury] remains doubtful for this game.
Schalke Secure Passage Out of Bundesliga Bottom Tier with 5-2 Win Over Hertha Berlin
Schalke [DDLLW] recorded an emphatic 5-2 victory against Hertha Berlin last weekend to secure their passage out of the Bundesliga’s bottom tier and into second position behind Hertha. Hertha picked up 24 points thanks to 5 wins, 9 draws and 14 losses while Schalke moved closer towards 24 of their own with 22 from 5Ws, 9Ds and 14L losses. Schalke have won three games so far in the second half of this campaign, one more than they won during its opening six games. But they must improve on their road form having only won one out of 13 road matches this year (1 W, 5 D & 7 L]. Thomas Reis utilized a 4-2-2–3-1 formation with Simon Terodde attacking in last weekend’s win over Hertha and is likely to employ this formation again against Freiburg. Unfortunately for Tom Krauss he will miss this game after amassing too many yellow cards; Maya Yoshida leads an extensive injury list.