Schalke’s quest for yet another Champions League appearance next season has finally ended. Fortunately, the Royal Blues still get a chance in participating in the Europa League. But knowing how competitive their rivals are, the club will have to bleed first prior to snatching the much needed points.
Mainz may not be the online betting favorite of the match, but they brag a better form, which makes them a dangerous opponent in this particular match.
The squad has won twice, drew thrice and lost once in its last six (6) matches. Their most recent victory propelled them to the 11th spot of the league table and with their eagerness to enter the top 10, they are more than willing to fight tooth and nail just to have the upper-hand.
The Royal Blues have been thriving through draws in their most recent matches. Four (4) of their last 6 battles ended in an even steven finish. Since they’re only earning a point, this caused them to fall out of the Champions League’s qualifying spot.
Nevertheless, they still have the Europa League—another major European competition in which they can feature.
Mainz has only won once against Schalke and the latter will most likely exploit this advantage.
The visitor is in dire need of a win to secure a more comfortable lead against their closest rival for the Europa League spot, Augsburg.
Mainz 05 1-2 Schalke 04
Match Date: 24 April 2015 20:30 CEST
Venue: Coface Arena
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