Contingency plans: Adeyemi fee impasse, Dortmund also linked with other Haaland replacements

Karim Adeyemi of FC Red Bull Salzburg runs with the ball under pressure from Benjamin Pavard of FC Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League...

While still battling over a fair price for RB Salzburg’s latest hotshot, around the €45m (£37.4m) figure, Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund have been linked with approaches for other strikers this summer as they prepare for life after Erling Haaland – whose €75m (£62.4m) release clause is active and will inevitably be explored by Europe’s elite in the weeks to come. Continue reading

2. Bundesliga Previews: Hannover-Heidenheim, Aue-Karlsruher and Stuttgart-Osnabruck

VfB Stuttgart bleibt auf Platz zwei - Auswärtssieg bei Dynamo ...

Promotion-chasing Stuttgart will be keen to earn their third successive win, strengthening their case to return to the Bundesliga next season. Read on for match previews from three 2. Bundesliga fixtures on Sunday, as teams across contrasting positions continue jostling for much-needed points. Continue reading

Scout Report: Christian Pulisic | Borussia Dortmund’s emerging gem

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Bundesliga enthusiasts, as well as any followers of America’s national footballing side have had one player on their radar this season. A side continuing to improve year-upon-year, Borussia Dortmund pride themselves on developing both consistency as well as helping talented youngsters progress.

The likes of midfield trio Shinji Kagawa, Ilkay Gundogan and Mario Götze have all been given platforms to showcase their talent on the European stage – and even though the latter has opted for pastures new, the team dynamic has remained the same to good effect with title challenges and progression in Europe too. Christian Pulisic represents the new generation, and against Hamburg last month, announced himself to the adoring public with aplomb. Continue reading

FC Schalke 04 vs VfB Stuttgart: Royal Blues look to improve recent form

Schalke 04 vs VfB Stuttgart: Royal Blues seek to improve on recent poor form

Roberto di Matteo’s men will be hoping to improve on their recent poor form of late, where they have failed to win in the Bundesliga since the 7th of March, a 3-1 victory over Hoffenheim. They host VfB Stuttgart tomorrow afternoon from 2.30pm, who are bottom of the table with 27 points from 30 games played.

With the hosts’ UEFA Champions League qualification hopes all but over now, they have to focus on solidifying a place in next season’s Europa League, with sixth placed Augsburg level on points with them and ready to pounce if they continue their inconsistent run until the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

They’ll be favourites to prevail against Stuttgart, not only because of the visitors’ lowly position in the table but also given their 4-0 thrashing away from home earlier on in the season. Their manager, Roberto di Matteo, had this to say: “We’ve got to exhaust every opportunity, even changing things, to ensure we qualify for the Europa League.”

Stuttgart boss, Huub Stevens, stated: “We’re not going to let ourselves get distracted [by internal matters]. I’m trying to get the lads back on the righ track after the disappointment of [their loss to] Freiburg. That’s what I’m here for. I know it’s going to be tense right down to the final day of the season.


Team News:

Schalke: The Royal Blues were put through their paces at a training camp earlier this week, after their disappointing defeat at the hands of Mainz 05 last Friday, thus jeopardising their European ambitions. Julian Draxler, Jefferson Farfan, Joel Matip and Sead Kolasinac were unable to take part in one or more of the training sessions, so di Matteo is believed to want to leave it late before deciding who will feature from the quartet of players.

Stuttgart: Serey Dié is back in contention for a start following a suspension, whilst Adam Hlousek is out with a ban of his own, meaning Gokotu Sakai will fill in at the full-back position, whilst Antonio Rudiger is set to start after having recovered from the flu.

Predicted starting line-ups:

Schalke: Fährmann, Höwedes, Kolasinac, Nastasic, Matip, Aogo, Neudstadter, Farfan, Meyer, Choupo-Moting and Huntelaar.

Stuttgart: Ulreich, Sakai, Niedermaier, Klein, Rüdiger, Harnik, Kostic, Gentner, Dié, Maxim and Ginczek.