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Bundesliga preview: Battle on for third

28 April 2012 06:05

Schalke and Borussia Moenchengladbach both face winnable Bundesliga outings as they fight for the final automatic Champions League place.

Third-placed Schalke host a Hertha Berlin side desperate for a win in their bid to avoid relegation, while Moenchengladbach, who are two points adrift in fourth, meet lowly Augsburg on Saturday.

Schalke central defender Joel Matip said he believed his side could secure the spot, and was glad their fate was in their own hands.

"The most important thing is that if we win both remaining matches then nobody can take third place away," he said.

"Hertha will fight for every centimetre to get the maximum out for them. We have to hold against that and I believe we have the quality to get all three points."

Sami Hyypia's Bayer Leverkusen sit sixth ahead of their meeting against Hannover, who are just three points adrift.

Hannover will be looking to Mohammed Abdellaoue (11 league goals this season) to find form late in the campaign having failed to net in his last seven outings.

Bayern Munich, fresh from their Champions League semi-final win over Real Madrid, are likely to rest several stars in their meeting with Stuttgart.

Jupp Heynckes' team are certain to finish second in the league, while Stuttgart will be out to secure a European place.

Looking to finish the season on a high, champions Borussia Dortmund visit the relegated Kaiserslautern.

Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp will be hoping star striker Robert Lewandowski (20 league goals), who he wants to keep at the club, can continue what has been a stellar campaign.

In other matches, Mainz and Hamburg meet, while Cologne, who occupy the relegation playoff spot, will be desperate for a win at Freiburg.

Mid-table sides Hoffenheim and Nuremberg do battle, while Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen clash at Volkswagen Arena.

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Competition
Bundesliga
Date
28 April 2012
Game week
33
Kick-off
15:30
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Venue
BayArena (Leverkusen)
Attendance
30210

Goals

1 - 0

Lineups

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# Player Bookings
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17
4
1
19
31
38
# Player Bookings
9
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8
14
23
35
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