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By ESPN Staff
Feb 7, 2013

Schalke looking to end slump

Schalke will attempt to peer through the gathering gloom surrounding their season and get a result at runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich this weekend.

A defeat at home to Greuther Furth last weekend has opened further the possibility that the Gelsenkirchen giants will not secure a place in European competition for next term.

Midfielder Roman Neustadter accepts the criticism which has been flying around and is ready to help right the wrongs.

He said: "It's not like we were pleased with our defeat to Furth. It's absolutely normal that the fans are unhappy. We are at least equally frustrated. Now we have a duty to lift ourselves up and we are all pulling in the same irection. If we all can show what we can do, then we will get out of there."

Schalke, who will be without star man Klaas Jan Huntelaar for the trip south, could find themselves as low as ninth in the table when they take to the field at the Allianz Arena.

"We have nothing to lose so we can play without any pressure, but we still have to believe in ourselves and not just hope that we come away without conceding," Neustadter added on his club's website.

Hamburg, Borussia Monchengladbach and Hannover all have the chance to overtake Schalke this weekend, although in the first two cases, that may prove difficult.

Hamburg travel to second-placed Borussia Dortmund while Borussia Monchengladbach host Bayer Leverkusen, who were narrowly beaten by Dortmund last time out and still fancy their chances of mounting a challenge for the title.

"As long as there is still a small chance, then you must never give up. Anything is possible in football," said their joint-coach Sami Hyypia to news.de.

The results from last weekend confirm that, with the bottom four clubs all picking up points - Augsburg getting a draw while Furth, Hoffenheim and Nurnberg all won.

The relegation battle is therefore still very much alive with Greuther Furth hosting 16th-placed Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Augsburg meet Mainz while Nurnberg travel to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Stuttgart aim to end a four-game losing streak when they entertain Werder Bremen and Freiburg welcome Fortuna Dusseldorf to the Dreisamstadion in the final match of the weekend.

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