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Sixth welcomes ninth in the Bundesliga’s “Battle of the Underachievers” in the Veltins-Arena on Saturday.
Preview: Stuttering Schalke continues search for Consistency
Schalke’s 0-0 draw against Steaua Bucharest in the UEFA Champions League in midweek left plenty to be desired. The Blues have made rather hard work of a simple group. They have their fate…
Chelsea will be looking to make amends after their weekend loss when they welcome Schalke on the 6th of November to the Stamford Bridge in a Champions League encounter.
Preview: Blues hoping to go clear on top with a win over Schalke
A win for either side can take them to the top of Group E and forerunners to advance to the next round of the tournament. Chelsea will be vying for all three points after losing out to Newcastle in their last encounter. Jose Mourinho’s men were convincingly beaten by the Magpies and the Portuguese tactician has revealed his frustration on the uncharacteristic manner in which his side dropped points.
I’m not happy with the way we faced that match, as simple as that," he told reporters.
"Sometimes, when you win a lot of times, players forget why they win.”
Schalke 04 welcome last year’s runners up Borussia Dortmund to the Veltins-Arena in a Bundesliga encounter on Saturday, the 26th of October 2013.
Preview: Schalke to continue their good form in Ruhr Derby
The Gelsenkirchen club got the better of their rivals last season when they managed to get maximum points in both the matches. Even though they are not in the best if the runs, Schalke will hope to get the better of Dortmund once again. Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp recalled the incidents of the past year and claimed that the two defeats at the hands of their rivals were difficult to take.
"When you sign a contract at Borussia Dortmund, the first thing you learn is that there are 32 Bundesliga games and two derbies," he said according to ESPN.
Group leaders Schalke invite English outfit Chelsea to the Veltins Arena in a Champions League encounter on Tuesday, the 22nd of October 2013.
Preview: Royal Blues to settle for a point against Chelsea
The German side have had a perfect start to their Champions League campaign notching up six points from their opening two fixtures. An opening day mauling of Steaua Bucharest was followed by a 1-0 victory over Basel a fortnight later, but Schalke’s German tactician Jens Keller has admitted that he would be content with a point when his side clashes with the English giants on Tuesday.
"Chelsea are a top side with enormous quality. We have a lot of confidence from our recent results as well as our good showings in the Champions League over the past years," said Keller.
Although they are the stronger side on paper, Chelsea should not take the game against Schalke as a walk in the park as the Bundesliga giants are a tough side to beat at home
On Tuesday, Chelsea take on Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 in their third game of the Champions League group stages at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, aiming to edge closer to the top of their group.
Though they have not been mesmerising or spectacular so far this season, Jose Mourinho’s side is never really about the beautiful game.
Regardless of what type of displays are put in, the Portuguese has always been a result oriented man and he will be more than happy to take all three points against Schalke on Tuesday in any way his players can.
Brothers Jerome and Kevin Prince Boateng will be against one another as defending champions Bayern take on Schalke. Watch the match live on Gol TV USA.
Preview: Bayern looking to avoid any upsets in away trip to Gelsenkirchen
The defending champions will face a difficult challenge as they face Jens Keller’s men who have not conceded in three consecutive matches. Strengthened by the arrivals of Kevin-Prince Boateng and Ádám Szalai, Die Königsblauen will be looking to put a strong performance against the Bavarians in order to push for a Champions League place this season.
The squad has further benefited from the development of Schalke’s youth product Julian Draxler, who is starting to show why he has been so highly regarded and some fine displays in recent outings has made him one of the most important players in the squad.
The 2013-14 season kicked of with a bang in the Bundesliga. Matchday 1 gave an example of its penetrating style and growth.
The Bundesliga kicked-off the European football calendar in style. With seven fixtures on Saturday, fans were treated to a true goal feast, seeing the ball hit the back of the net on twenty-six occasions.
Reigning champions and last year's UEFA Champions League victors Bayern Munich began their title defence with a comfortable 3-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach with goals from Arjen Robben, Mario Mandzukic and left back David Alaba along with some wonderful counter-attacking football. It was a satisfactory start at the Allianz Arena for former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola on his return to the game following a twelve month break from the dug-out.
The race for fourth place will reach its conclusion in the heart of the Black Forest. The rich and mighty Schalke will be playing the brave Freiburg.
Freiburg’s win last weekend over Greuther Fürth proved invaluable. While few had seen this coming, Schalke managed to break down against Stuttgart, going down at home, 1-2. Stuttgart has nothing to play for aside from the DFB Pokal this season. Yet, the Royal Blues managed to lose! This loss came at the worst possible time; Schalke had just tied down Julian Draxler to a contract extension.
This weekend, this clash will form the basis of the futures of both the clubs. This Schalke side is greatly talented. Missing out on the Champions League will hurt this club, considering the manner in which they exit the competition earlier in the season. For Freiburg, a ticket to the Champions League qualifiers will book them a ticket to the Europa League at least. Those who are lovers of the league will hope Schalke comes through for the sake of the Bundesliga.
On a day in which the focus will be on Schalke and Freiburg's battle as well as the contenders for relegation, Bremen will step out onto the pitch for the first time in 14 years without Thomas Schaaf.
The Big Games
The Bavarian derby to be played this week will be the most important one of the season. Bayern will not be involved in it. FC Augsburg will take on Greuther Fürth knowing that a win will see them qualify at least for…
The battle for fourth spot could be settled on the day in which the Bundesliga shield will be presented to the 50th champions.
Fates to be decided in Bavaria
Bayern and FC Nürnberg could both be holding the fates of two relegation battlers in their hands. Augsburg has done extremely well since the winter break but has recently wobbled. They lost 2-0 to SC Freiburg last week, thus remaining in sixteenth spot. This week, the task lying ahead of them is a mammoth one to…
Last week signaled the return of Klaas Jan Huntelaar to the Bundesliga and the Bundesliga to the top tier of Europe. This week, the European, relegation and pride battles will resume.
Matters of Pride
Bayern München will take on fellow Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund this week in a ‘preview’ of the showdown at Wembley. Neither side will field their strongest lineups after midweek exertions but everyone…
Separated by a mere two points, two giants of the German game will take on each other in a direct battle for fourth place.
Oka Nikolov stood firm in goal instead of yet another victim of injury, Kevin Trapp. Michel Bastos struck the penalty. The veteran saved. Frankfurt held on to a 1-0 victory. Last week, Schalke was presented with a golden chance to push ahead of their competitors in fourth as well as eliminate a direct rival in the competition. Instead, Schalke allowed Frankfurt into the race and opened up a five way competition for one Champions League qualifying spot.
One of the teams they allowed back into the hunt was Hamburger SV. Hamburg recorded a narrow 2-1 victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf last week and now sits just two points behind Schalke. HSV is seemingly pushing above their weight as they rely on Rafael Van der Vaart to produce the goods in midfield heavily. Van der Vaart is one of the reasons that they are still in contention for a place in Europe’s premier club competition.
Greuther Fürth, the fairytale story of the 2.Bundesliga last season, could be set to go back down after just one season in the top flight this week.
The Big Games
German champions Bayern München welcomes Freiburg at home in a hugely important clash for the team from the Black Forest. Christian Streich’s team is slowly getting ripped apart as the excellence of his…
Schalke proved that they have what it takes to compete with the best of the Bundesliga in their 2-2 draw against Leverkusen last week; their next opponent is none other than the Eagles, Eintracht Frankfurt.
Ji Dong-Won stole the headlines at Frankfurt’s cost during the last Bundesliga weekend. A team fighting for their lives in the league performed exactly as they were expected to against a rather weary opponent- with plenty of will. Augsburg took down Frankfurt, 2-0. Frankfurt’s incredible first half of the season is definitely what is keeping them up at the moment. Die Adler’s form in 2013 would have otherwise surely left them in the relegation zone.
Schalke meanwhile is holding on to fourth spot tightly for the moment. They were expected to finish in the top three at the beginning of the season; considering the events of November to March, the Royal Blues are indeed lucky to even be in the Champions League qualifying spot. They have finally found their feet again and they will not let go of Frankfurt easily.
In a rather intriguing week for German football, Schalke will travel to Frankfurt while the second DFB Pokal semifinal will be repeated.
The Big Ones
Separated by four points from their Blue rivals, Eintracht Frankfurt will welcome Schalke. Eintracht’s rather weary squad went down to Ji Dong-Won and relegation battling Augsburg last week. This time, a Schalke side which earned a…
Two giants of the German game who have never won the Bundesliga play each other in the biggest match of Matchday 29 in Germany.
Schalke and Frankfurt were locked in a heated battle for fourth place recently. Schalke even spent some time outside the top four. Frankfurt’s inconsistency, including a loss against Bayern last week, gave Schalke the opportunity to take fourth place for itself. Schalke did exactly that, beating Werder Bremen in the late game on Saturday 2-0.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen has been one of the more consistent sides of the Bundesliga this season. They could only draw with Wolfsburg despite taking the lead. Leverkusen performed well against Fortuna Düsseldorf the week before; they played well against Bayern too prior to the international break too but lost 1-2. Bayer 04 will look to hold on to third place; a win over Schalke would virtually guarantee that spot.
Despite Bayern being crowned champions last week, there are still a few important matters to sort out in the league.
The Battle for the European Spots
Freiburg and Hannover are separated by four points. Freiburg is primed to qualify for the Europa League as they sit in fifth spot in the league. Christian Streich’s side recorded a victory in Hamburg last week. Hannover away from home…
FC Bayern will be crowned this weekend regardless of other results if they manage to beat Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Big Ones
There are many big battles on this week, including one between Thomas Schaaf’s Bremen and lackadaisical Schalke. Schalke was anything but careless last week though as they beat Hoffenheim 3-0. The goals came late but the goal saw…
The Bundesliga’s Match-day 27 could see the crowning of an old, yet new, champion. During this weekend, the race for fourth place might just have to take a back seat.
The Big Ones
Borussia Dortmund has a great record against most rivals. In recent seasons, they have been able to bat away every domestic opponent rather easily. The only team to not have suffered a loss to Dortmund last season was VfB Stuttgart. Incidentally, during this huge week for German football, BVB travels to Stuttgart.
A 4-4 draw between these two teams was one of the highlights of the 2011-12 season. Another such draw or even another stalemate like this season’s meeting, could bring down the curtains on the title defence of the Ruhr side.
After a jaw dropping and disappointing European week, Bundesliga clubs return to action. Is the title really a lost cause?
The Big Ones
Bayern München takes on Bayer 04 Leverkusen in a clash which will not bring back the fondest memories for Bayern. Firstly, Leverkusen handed Bayern their first and only Bundesliga loss to date this season. In a match filled with rather…