Bundesliga—Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. ET
This is perhaps the pick of the fixtures around Europe this season, with the winner of Freiburg and Schalke 04 earning a European spot and the loser, well, losing.
The away side already had a strong showing in the Champions League this season and appeared destined to qualify for the European competition again heading into the final weeks of the season. However, with a shock result or two and a strong run of form from Freiburg, it's all come down to the final week and an epic matchup at the Mage Solar Stadion.
Schalke have won just five away fixtures all season and have scored significantly less goals than they have done in front of their home fans in 2013. Combine that with Freiburg's defensive solidity at home this year (allowing just one goal per game) and this one is shaping up as a great match.
It will be very close and tense, but I like Freiburg to finish strong here.
They've been playing well and come into this one with a mount of confidence. Schalke will simply be trying not to lose, and as we've seen throughout the years, that tactic simply doesn't work at times, and I think the home side will be too strong defensively to lose this one.
It will be a cruel blow for Schalke, but a close loss it will be.
Prediction: Freiburg 1, Schalke 0
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