Bundesliga: Schalke vs Hertha by DamirJ
Schalke is currently sitting at third position, with no theoretical chances to climb any further, but with a danger to slip at fourth position as they are only two points above Monchengladbach which is sitting on fourth place, two rounds before the end of the season. For hosts, it's very important match because they will surely be looking to avoid fourth place and qualifying round in Champions League where the competition is pretty sharp. Schalke is coming from three games in a row without a victory. They have lost to Nurnberg and Dortmund (this loss was expected), but also drew to Augsburg on the road. This team played very good football in front of their own fans, very effective too (scoring only less goals at home to Bayern) and will surely be looking to bounce back here with a win. Only missing in Schalke squad will be young midfielder Julian Drexler who is injured.
Hertha, on the other side, is in a very dangerous position being second from the bottom with two points less than Koln, which is placed at play-out position (the one that will have to play against third placed team from second Bundesliga in order to fight for their Bundesliga position next season). This is also the best possible position they can get, as Augsburg which is placed at safe position is already out of their reach two rounds before the end. Hertha had a great chance to come closer to the play-out spot last weekend when they lost at home against rock bottom K'lautern. This victory was a disaster for them and now even their biggest fans aren't that positive regarding their status. Once again Hertha will be severely weakened as their central defenders Mijatovic, Janker and Franz are all injured, while left back Kobiasvhili is suspended, meanwhile defensive midfielders Lustenberger and Niemeyer are also unavailable for this game.
This is the last match this season for Schalke in front of their own fans and they will surely be looking to stay in the good memory to their fans, while they also have to secure the third position too. Hertha is in a very big mess and missing of almost whole defensive line-up surely won't help them.
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