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  • 24 March 2012
  • • 23:00
  • • Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: D. Aytekin
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Schalke - Bayer Leverkusen Preview: Huub Stevens' men can deal a fatal blow to their opponents' Champions Leauge aspirations

Schalke - Bayer Leverkusen Preview: Huub Stevens' men can deal a fatal blow to their opponents' Champions Leauge aspirations

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The hosts can inflict their first ever Bundesliga double over Robin Dutt's side and gain a 13-point lead in the race to qualify for Europe's top competition


PROBABLE LINEUPS

SCHALKE

Hildebrand
Uchida, Matip, Papadopoulos, Fuchs
Jones, Holtby
Farfan, Raul, Draxler
Huntelaar
LEVERKUSEN

Leno
Da Costa, Schwaab, Toprak, Kadlec
Reinartz, Rolfes
Castro, Renato Augusto, Schurrle
Kiessling

Having found some consistency in recent weeks, Huub Stevens is expected to name an unchanged team once more.

However, there is still a string of players missing for the Gelsenkirchen outfit. Long-term casualties Ralf Fahrmann and Lars Unnerstall remain sidelined, leaving Timo Hildebrand to continue in goal.

With Benedikt Howedes and Christoph Metzelder both suffering from hamstring injuries, Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Joel Matip will retain their berths at the heart of defence.

Similarly, Bayer Leverkusen are expected to name an unchanged side from the one that lost 2-1 to Borussia Monchengladbach last week.

Rene Adler is fit again, but will be firmly behind Bernd Leno in the pecking order following the 20-year-old's impressive run of form since joining the club from Stuttgart.

Another player approaching a return is Sidney Sam, but the 24-year-old will not be fit to start the encounter with the Europa League quarter-finalists. Vedran Corluka is back in training, while Lars Bender and Michael Ballack both have muscle complaints.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • A little under a decade ago, Schalke overcame Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in the DFB-Pokal final.
  • Having triumphed 1-0 at the BayArena in October, Huub Stevens' men can complete their first ever Bundesliga double over Leverkusen on Saturday.
  • Schalke have scored 11 goals in their last three games, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar bagging five of those strikes.
  • The Veltins Arena has been a productive stadium for Bayer Leverkusen - the visitors have lost just once in their last Bundesliga 12 visits to Gelsenkirchen.
  • Stefan Kiessling (right) has scored four goals in his last five league games.
  • Robin Dutt's side have lost their last two matches, but are yet to lose three games on the trot this season.

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30Timo HildebrandGoalkeeper
14Kyriakos PapadopoulosDefender
22Atsuto UchidaDefender
23Christian FuchsDefender
32Joel MatipDefender
23Lewis HoltbyMidfielder
13Jermaine JonesMidfielder
17Jefferson Agustin FarfánStriker
10Julian DraxlerMidfielder
7RaúlStriker
25Klaas-Jan HuntelaarStriker
33Mathias SchoberGoalkeeper
3Sergio EscuderoDefender
12Marco HögerMidfielder
18JuradoMidfielder
19Chinedu Ogbuke ObasiStriker
8Christoph MoritzMidfielder
20Teemu PukkiStriker
1Bernd LenoGoalkeeper
3Daniel SchwaabDefender
20D. da CostaDefender
21Ömer ToprakDefender
24Michal KadlecDefender
3Stefan ReinartzMidfielder
6Simon RolfesMidfielder
25Renato AugustoMidfielder
27Gonzalo CastroDefender
14Andre SchürrleStriker
11Stefan KießlingStriker
22David YelldellGoalkeeper
6Bastian OczipkaDefender
5Manuel FriedrichDefender
27Tranquillo BarnettaMidfielder
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