Schalke 04 – SC Freiburg – Europe in mid-table meeting after the previous rounds played against almost the same rivals and common is that they were defeated by Leipzig, while the other matches played completely differently. For Schalke after a long series of positive again came bad period and now have three defeats in a row, although one of Salzburg in the Europa League does not mean anything. Freiburg had three primary defeats in a row, but then pulled out a draw in Leverkusen and won Darmstadt in the last round, so they are now over Schalke with two points more on the account. Last season in Gelsenkirchen mutual duel of these rivals ended goalless, while Freiburg at home beat Schalke 2: 0 and total Schalke has only two victories more. Start: 17.12.2016. – 14:30 CET
Schalke urgently needs one win to them again would not have occurred Black Series with the start of the season, when they lost the first five championship duel and fell to last place in the standings. After that, they forfeited and looked invincible, with great performances in the European League, where they confidently won first place. Then came a guest appearance at the then leaders of Leipzig and the series was stopped by the defeat of 2: 1. I can not blame myself a lot, because they had no luck, and a rival is coming but are then completely changed structure, went to Salzburg to noncritical match of the last round of the European league.
And there have been defeated, and all thoughts are focused on the domestic derby against Bayer Leverkusen. And then at the very beginning of the match shock and a red card for a stopper Nalda after only four minutes. It was clear that they were facing a hell of a tough game, but played very well a man down, but they yielded only two minutes before the end and conceded a goal for a new defeat. They had a lot of objections to the trial, however, the points can not be restored and now are still without a reliable stopper Nalda, and previously was sidelined Nastasic. Fortunately, returns at least Höwedes but will jump Kehrer and Kolašinac will retire in the last line, if he’s ready for minor problems with the violation.
Probable lineups Schalke: Fahrmann – Kehrer, Höwedes, Kolašinac – Geis – Schopf, Baba – Goretzka, Konoplyanka, M.Meyer – Choupo-Moting
Freiburg is right in the middle of the table and it is for this team, more importantly, are falling away is the beautiful nine points and may play a completely peaceful. The pressure was in the last round, as they greeted posljednjeplasirani Darmstadt and victory is somehow imposed as an imperative, and with a lot of problems in the end managed to reduce the deficit from the penalty reservists Petersen, although rival throughout the match was better and goalkeeper Freiburg Schwolow was actually says hero wins and the second time in a row, because in Leverkusen shone and was credited with a draw, as they with this victory brings peace ahead of Schalke.
Although the results are much better than the game, Streich believes one set of players and it is exactly the same look in Leverkusen, as well as in the previous round. You may not change and because some important players sidelined, like Philippe attackers, or stopper Kempf and Niedermeier, but it is very likely that nothing will change even for this match.
Probable lineups Freiburg: Schwolow – Kubler, Gulde, Soyuncu, C.GUNTER – Frantz, Schuster – P.Stenzel, Grifo – Haberer – Niederlechner