Bundesliga

Schalke look to end a promising week against Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim continue their push for a top-four finish away at on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 17:30CET/16:30CET), against a Schalke side retaining European ambitions of their own.

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Schalke have lost just once since the winter break but they start the weekend eight points off the European places following a 1-1 draw at Cologne on Matchday 21. The Royal Blues have won their last five home matches against Hoffenheim, however, and another three points could see them edge closer to the top half of the table, finishing off a good week after their passage into the UEFA Europa League last 16.

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Two second-half goals from Andrej Kramaric helped Hoffenheim recover from just their second defeat of the season (away at Wolfsburg) by beating bottom team Darmstadt on Matchday 21. The Croatian also got on the scoresheet when these sides last met and if Julian Nagelsmann’s team manage to do the double over Schalke, they are guaranteed to stay in the top four for another week.

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