Second-placed Schalke welcome Freiburg to the Veltins-Arena on Saturday, knowing that failure to win would mean Bayern Munich can win the league later in the day. That particular race has been run for some time, but the hosts are looking to secure Champions League football with a top four finish.
Where and when: Veltins-Arena – 31 March, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see Schalke vs. Freiburg: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Schalke were 1-0 winners at the Schwarzwald-Stadion back in November, with Daniel Caligiuri settling the game just after the hour mark.
Schalke v Freiburg Predictions and Preview
While Schalke are gunning for a place at Europe’s top table next season, Freiburg are still battling to secure their top flight status in Germany. With that in mind, both teams have a lot to play for which could lead to an exciting game at the weekend.
Die Königsblauen have put in an excellent performance this season to be sitting second with just seven games to go. With third-placed Borussia Dortmund facing a trip to the Allianz Arena to play Bayern later on Saturday, Schalke have a golden opportunity to open up a four point gap, and they’re priced at 3/5 for the win in the betting.
Saturday’s visitors have a five point cushion to 15th-placed Wolfsburg and Mainz in 16th, who currently face a two-leg play-off to stay avoid the drop to the 2. Bundesliga. With just one win in their last eight games, victory would be a major boost for Christian Streich’s side, and they’re 6/1 to get it.
Schalke have doubts over four players going into this game, with Benjamin Stambouli, Thilo Kehrer, Weston McKennie and Baba Rahman all struggling with injuries. For the visitors, Amir Abrashi, Caleb Stanko, Yoric Ravet and Florian Niederlechner are all doubtful.
A draw would be a much better result for Freiburg, and if you think they can take a point back to Baden-Württemberg you can get odds of 3/1.
One to watch for Schalke: Guido Burgstaller is Schalke’s top scorer with eight Bundesliga goals this season, and he’s the 17/4 favourite to open the scoring on Saturday afternoon.
One to watch for Freiburg: Robert Lewandowski is the only player who’s scored more goals than Nils Petersen this term, and he’s 9/1 to get his 14th of the campaign with the game’s opening goal.
Long shot: After bagging the only goal of the game when the teams met earlier this season, Daniel Caligiuri is priced at 30/1 to repeat the trick once again.