Schalke at the final crossroads between retention and relegation

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If you lose a match, you immediately become a second division team. FC Schalke 04 is ahead of the final match to decide whether to remain or be relegated in the final round of the Bundesliga.

FC Schalke 04 and RB Leipzig will face off in the final round of the 34th round of the ‘2022-23 German Bundesliga’ held at the Red Bull Arena at 10:30 pm (Korean time) on the 27th. Currently, Schalke is 17th with 31 points and Leipzig is 3rd with 63 points.토토사이트

Schalke is literally on the edge of a cliff. They are in 17th place in the direct standings for relegation ahead of the final game. Schalke, who won the second division last season and went straight to the first division, is in danger of being relegated again after a year of this season. But there is hope. With about four teams in the relegation zone, the rankings can change sufficiently depending on the results of the final match.

Schalke need points unconditionally in the final game. In the Bundesliga, the 17th and 18th places in the league are immediately relegated, and the 16th place in the league follows a relegation playoff. If Schalke, currently in 17th place in the league, gains at least one point in the final match and Bochum, currently in 16th place, loses by more than two points, it will rise to 16th. Then, at least, you can participate in the relegation playoffs. If they lose, they will remain in the current 17th place and go straight to relegation without remorse.

Of course, Schalke will aim for a certain retention, not even a relegation playoff. Then you have to win unconditionally against Leipzig. Winning doesn’t guarantee survival, but it gives you a much better edge. Currently, Schalke is 1 point less than 15th place Stuttgart and 16th place Bochum and 3 points less than 14th place Augsburg. It is virtually impossible to beat Augsburg as the goal difference is significant. After all, Schalke has to compete with the other two teams Stuttgart and Bochum. When Schalke wins the final game, Stuttgart and Bochum both draw or lose, Schalke can remain as they rise to 15th place. However, if either team is victorious, retention cannot be confirmed. They have to settle for 16th place, the maximum relegation playoff standings.

Then Stuttgart and Bochum’s final opponents are also very important for Schalke. Their opponents are Hoffenheim and Leverkusen respectively. Since Hoffenheim is virtually confirmed to remain, Stuttgart is likely to have an easier match. On the other hand, Leverkusen, Bochum’s opponent, is in a situation where it is necessary to defend 6th place in the league to advance to the Europa Conference League. Leverkusen will also do its best against Bochum, so the burden on Bochum is expected to increase.

Schalke desperately needs a win. Before you care about the outcome of your rival team’s match, of course you have to do everything in your power to win. The opponent team in the final game is Leipzig, which is third in the Bundesliga. In the previous game, they even caught Bayern Munich and are showing off their strong appearance by recording 4 consecutive wins in the recent league. However, this rise of Leipzig could be a good thing for Schalke. Leipzig, who has explosively accumulated points with 4 consecutive wins, is currently in the 3rd place in the league. There is a gap between 2nd and 4th, so the final match does not affect the ranking. In addition, there is a high possibility that the main players will not be overworked as the Pokal Cup final against Frankfurt is ahead on June 4, just a week or so later. Schalke will have to attack these points well and earn points.

Schalke showed their worst form in the first half. In 17 matches, they suffered a whopping 12 losses with only 2 wins and 3 draws. However, by showing a rebound in the second half, we minimized losses and accumulated points one by one. No one would want the picture of a prestigious Bundesliga team being relegated again after a year. What can Schalke do in the final game against Leipzig?

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