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Veltins Arena (ATT 61,673) 28th April 2013 - Kick off 16:30 Ref: P Sippel

Schalke Schalke vs Hamburg Hamburg

Schalke 4

M Bastos (10)
K Huntelaar (21, 58, 66)

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Hamburg 1

M Jansen (5)

Schalke host crunch Hamburg clash in the Bundesliga

Last Updated: 27/04/13 12:40pm

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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar: Set to return for Schalke

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar: Set to return for Schalke

The chase for fourth spot in the Bundesliga is hotting up with Schalke's home game with Hamburg on Sunday set to be crucial.

Just two points separate the sides who go into the weekend placed fourth and eighth, and with four games of the season to go, all is still to play for.

"It's going to be a very interesting weekend," said Schalke coach Jens Keller. "We desperately want to pick up points in the battle for fourth and, together with our fans, celebrate a win against Hamburg. We have got to make the most of home advantage."

To achieve that, Keller may place his faith in Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has been absent for six weeks due to injury, but is now back in full training.

His record of having scored four goals in his last three games against the northern Germany side make him an ideal candidate to lead the attack.

"I have been positively surprised by the physical condition Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has been in during training," said Keller at a press conference. "There is definitely the chance that he will start against Hamburg."

His compatriot Rafael van der Vaart will be Hamburg's dangerman, although Keller has ruled out marking him man for man. "We won't have anybody treading on his toes," he said.

Hamburg come into the game with less pressure, according to their coach Thorsten Fink.

"Schalke are under pressure because they desperately want to qualify for the Champions League," he said.

After a difficult start to the season, Hamburg's aim was never to finish inside the top four, although if the chance were to present itself, they would not turn it down.

"We want to surprise in a positive way," added Fink, whose side are one of five clubs still fighting out for three places in Europe next season.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15