Just two points separate top-four hopefuls Hamburger SV and FC Schalke 04 ahead of their Matchday 31 encounter
Just two points separate top-four hopefuls Hamburger SV and FC Schalke 04 ahead of their Matchday 31 encounter
Bundesliga

The race for fourth place

Munich - Both FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund showed this week that the Bundesliga has the potential to be the leading light in the UEFA Champions League, with stunning victories over FC Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.

Those two, and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, it would seem, already have their tickets booked for next season’s premier club competition, but there is still one more place up for grabs, with a host of clubs chasing it. bundesliga.com assesses the contenders...

Incredibly, just two points separate Schalke in fourth and Hamburg in eighth ahead of their clash at the Veltins Arena on Sunday evening. Indeed, Schalke also still have to play Freiburg and Mönchengladbach before the season’s end. It seems fair to say that one of the tightest races for fourth spot in recent seasons will produce plenty more twists and turns before the final ball is kicked on May 18.

Bernie Reeves