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UEFA Europa League

  • 15 March 2012
  • • 20:05
  • • Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: V. Kassai
  • • Attendance: 54142

Schalke 04 win Aggregate 4 - 2

Schalke - Twente Preview: Huub Stevens' men desperate for home victory to see off Dutch opposition

Schalke - Twente Preview: Huub Stevens' men desperate for home victory to see off Dutch opposition


Luuk de Jong's controversial penalty gave the Dutch side a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, but the hosts will be full of confidence after Sunday's commanding win over Hamburg



Uchida, Metzelder, Papadopoulos, Fuchs
Hoger, Jones
Obasi, Raul, Draxler

Cornelisse, Wisgerhof, Douglas, Rosales
Brama, Fer, Janssen
Chadli, De Jong, O. John

The Gelsenkirchen side played two strikers in Sunday's 3-1 victory over Hamburg, but with Teemu Pukki cup-tied, they should revert to their usual 4-2-3-1 formation, with Chinedu Obasi and Julian Draxler replacing the Finn and Jose Manuel Jurado.

The good news for Huub Stevens is that Kyriakos Papadopoulos is available for this tie after his domestic suspension and should step into the heart of defence, with Joel Matip suspended thanks to his red card in the first leg.

However, Benedikt Howedes is still injured, along with goalkeeping duo Lars Unnerstall and Ralf Fahrmann, whose absences will leave Timo Hildebrand to continue his first-team run.

Twente can welcome back two players who missed Sunday's 3-1 defeat to NEC. Douglas and Willem Janssen both missed the weekend's clash due to suspension, but will return to take the places of Swedish duo Rasmus Bengtsson and Emir Bajrami in defence and midfield respectively.

Elsewhere, Andrej Rendla's long-standing knee problem will keep him out of the Veltins Arena clash, while Wesley Verhoek and Denny Landzaat are back in training, but unlikely to be risked after lengthy absences of their own.

  • Schalke are unbeaten at home in the Europa League this season, having recorded four wins and a draw.
  • Schalke have a happy record when entertaining Dutch teams - they've won both of their Veltins Arena encounters with Eredivisie sides 3-0.
  • Twente have lost just once on the road in Europe this season - a 1-0 defeat to Fulham in west London.
  • The Tukkers' assistant coach Youri Mulder (pictured right) played for Schalke between 1993 and 2002, and was a part of the coaching staff in 2008-09.
  • Despite their impressive record away in Europe this season, Twente have won just once in their seven trips to Germany.


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30Timo HildebrandGoalkeeper
14Kyriakos PapadopoulosDefender
22Atsuto UchidaDefender
23Christian FuchsDefender
32Joel MatipDefender
7Lewis HoltbyMidfielder
13Jermaine JonesMidfielder
17Jefferson Agustin FarfánStriker
10Julian DraxlerMidfielder
25Klaas-Jan HuntelaarStriker
33Mathias SchoberGoalkeeper
3Sergio EscuderoDefender
6Tim HooglandDefender
19Chinedu Ogbuke ObasiStriker
8Christoph MoritzMidfielder
9Ciprian MaricaStriker
13Nikolay MihaylovGoalkeeper
5Rasmus BengtssonDefender
15Roberto RosalesDefender
21Dwight TiendalliDefender
6Wout BramaMidfielder
11Emir BajramiMidfielder
14Willem JanssenMidfielder
18Thilo LeugersMidfielder
21Nacer ChadliMidfielder
9Luuk de JongStriker
1Sander BoschkerGoalkeeper
2Tim CornelisseDefender
25Nicky KuiperDefender
-Nils RöselerDefender
8Leroy FerMidfielder
24Ola JohnStriker
12Glynor PletStriker

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