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Preview: Freiburg vs. Schalke 04 - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Bundesliga clash between Freiburg and Schalke 04, including team news and predicted lineups.

Freiburg and Schalke 04 will round off their 2019-20 Bundesliga campaigns with a clash at Schwarzwald-Stadion on Saturday afternoon.

Neither side has much to play for heading into this weekend's clash, with Freiburg not able to catch seventh-placed Hoffenheim, while Schalke sit down in 11th spot in the table.

Match preview

Freiburg attacker Luca Waldschmidt pictured in October 2019© Reuters

Freiburg were in the mix for a top-seven finish when they recorded a 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin on June 16, but last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Bayern Munich proved to be extremely damaging.

Indeed, the loss, coupled with results elsewhere, left Christian Streich's side in eighth spot in the table, four points behind seventh-placed Hoffenheim with just one game left.

Freiburg will finish eighth providing that they better Eintracht Frankfurt's result against basement side Paderborn, which would be their highest position since the 2016-17 campaign.

All in all, it has been a successful season for Breisgau-Brasilianer, and they will be determined to post their 13th Bundesliga victory of the campaign before signing off for a few months.

Schalke players celebrate Weston McKennie's goal against Fortuna Dusseldorf on May 27, 2020© Reuters

Schalke, meanwhile, have been in rotten form since resuming their season in the middle of May. Indeed, seven defeats from nine matches has seen them slide into the bottom half of the table.

David Wagner's side, who lost 4-1 at home to Wolfsburg last weekend, have not actually been victorious in the Bundesliga since January 17, which is simply too long for a club of their ilk.

Schalke are currently 11th in the table, two points behind 10th-placed Hertha Berlin, meaning that a top-half finish is still on the cards, largely due to their form in the first half of the campaign.

The Royal Blues have only finished outside of the top 10 in the Bundesliga in one of the last eight seasons, while they claimed second in 2017-18, which shows how far they have fallen.

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Schalke Bundesliga form: LLDDLL

Team News

Schalke 04's Suat Serdar celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on January 17, 2020© Reuters

Freiburg will be without the services of Manuel Gulde, Janik Haberer and Lino Tempelmann for their final match of the season, while Robin Koch and Lukas Kubler are both doubtful.

Nils Petersen could get the nod to start alongside Lucas Holer in the final third of the field, while there could be a spot in an attacking area for Kwon Chang-hoon.

As for Schalke, a lengthy injury list includes Salif Sane, Matija Nastasic, Guido Burgstaller, Jean-Clair Todibo, Suat Serdar, Amine Harit and Omar Mascarell, while Jonjoe Kenny is suspended.

The absence of on-loan Everton defender Kenny could see Timo Becker come into the side at right-back, while Rabbi Matondo should keep his spot after scoring against Wolfsburg.

Youngsters Can Bozdogan and Ahmed Kutucu have both been involved for the club in recent weeks and that is again expected to be the case this weekend with the former available again after a suspension.

Freiburg possible starting lineup:
Flekken; Schmid, Lienhart, Heintz, Gunter; Kwon, Abrashi, Hofler, Grifo; Petersen, Holer

Schalke possible starting lineup:
Nubel; Becker, Kabak, Oczipka, Miranda; Caligiuri, McKennie, Schopf, Bozdogan; Kutucu, Matondo

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We say: Freiburg 2-0 Schalke

Both teams will be desperate to end their seasons with a win, but we are finding it difficult to look past the hosts, backing them to record a 2-0 victory. Schalke have struggled badly since returning to action in May, but Freiburg had won two out of three before losing to Bayern last weekend.

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· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
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