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Bundesliga FC Schalke season restart preview: Can S04 stay in Europe?

FC Schalke 04 are slightly worse than even money to stay in UEFA football by finishing in the Top Six this season.

Weston McKennie of FC Schalke 04 Photo by Ralf Treese/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

German football officials are hopeful the Bundesliga season will be restarted on May 16th. We take a look at some of the key clubs in the chase for the championship, places in European competitions for next season, and those fighting to avoid relegation.

Despite being -3 via goal difference, and under .500 with a 9-10-6 record after 25 of 34 matches, FC Schalke 04 is in sixth place in an 18 team league, currently in the last European qualification spot for this season. After finishing in 14th place last year, no matter the result The Miners will see improvement out of this campaign.

But can they hang on to their current position and get back to midweek football under the lights? Let’s take a look at what’s remaining.

Place in table

6th, 37 points

Key Players

Suat Serdar
Amine Harit
Bastian Oczipka
Weston McKennie (USA)

Schedule remaining

@ Borussia Dortmund
vs. Augsburg
@ Dusseldorf
vs. Werder Bremen
@ Union Berlin
vs. Leverkusen
@ Eint Frankfurt
vs. Wolfsburg
@ Freiburg

As the season returns

The club sits as +125 for now to keep their top-six status, and matches remaining with Dortmund and Leverkusen won’t make that easier. This is a side that has outperformed expectations as well as their statistics this year. By expected goal difference, they should be in 10th position coming out of the break.

They’re 10 points behind Leverkusen for fifth, but only one point clear of Wolfsburg and Freiburg behind them, and two points ahead of Hoffenheim. So there’s basically only one spot reasonably in play. And by the stats, both Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim should be ahead so far.

For a club with some nice young pieces, including USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie, there’s a bright future it appears. But it will be a tall order to get back to the Europa League for next season.

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