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  • 19 February 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: P. Sippel
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Schalke - Wolfsburg Preview: Rampant hosts have won five out of their last six games at home

Schalke - Wolfsburg Preview: Rampant hosts have won five out of their last six games at home

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Fourth meets eighth on Sunday as a Howedes-less Royal Blue side welcome Felix Magath's men to Gelsenkirchen, the visitors having struggled to produce on the road in recent months


PROBABLE LINEUPS

SCHALKE


Unnerstall
Hoger, Papadopoulos, Metzelder, Fuchs
Matip, Moritz
Farfan, Raul, Draxler
Huntelaar


WOLFSBURG


Benaglio
Trasch, Russ, Felipe Lopes, Rodriguez
Schafer, Jiracek, Hasebe, Dejagah
Sio, Mandzukic



Schalke welcome Die Wolfe on Sunday without the options of Benedikt Howedes or Chinedu Obasi, who are both suspended for picking up too many yellow cards.

In addition, Jermaine Jones continues his suspension for stepping on Marco Reus' broken toe back in December, while Ralf Fahrmann, Sergio Escudero and Lewis Holtby all miss out through injury.

Raul's participation is a slight doubt due to suffering a knock on the thigh, but the old warhorse may still make Sunday's clash.

For Wolfsburg, Jan Polak misses out due to a hairline fracture in this leg, while Portuguese forward Vieirinha is still to find full fitness.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Schalke are enjoying a sterling run of home form at present, the Gelsenkirchen side winning five of their last six games at the Veltins-Arena. Only Mainz have been able to hold them to a 1-1 draw.
  • At the opposite end of the spectrum, Wolfsburg have only managed a single point in their previous nine matches away from home.

  • Felix Magath's charges have been goal-shy on the road, never netting more than once in any given match.
  • Better news for the visitors is that they have only lost one of their last 10 Bundesliga matches against Schalke.
  • Wolfsburg's 2-1 win over Sunday's opponents earlier in the term was the only time this season when Magath's men have come from behind to win a match.
  • The eccentric Wolfsburg coach has already set a new Bundesliga record this year, fielding 36 different players over the course of the campaign.

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Available Squads
36Lars UnnerstallGoalkeeper
14Kyriakos PapadopoulosDefender
21Christoph MetzelderDefender
22Atsuto UchidaDefender
23Christian FuchsDefender
32Joel MatipDefender
12Marco HögerMidfielder
17Jefferson Agustin FarfánStriker
10Julian DraxlerMidfielder
7RaúlStriker
25Klaas-Jan HuntelaarStriker
30Timo HildebrandGoalkeeper
6Tim HooglandDefender
9Alexander BaumjohannMidfielder
18JuradoMidfielder
8Christoph MoritzMidfielder
9Ciprian MaricaStriker
20Teemu PukkiStriker
1Diego BenaglioGoalkeeper
26Felipe Aliste LopesDefender
4Marcel SchäferDefender
17Alexander MadlungDefender
4Marco RussDefender
34Ricardo RodriguezDefender
17Makoto HasebeMidfielder
15Christian TräschMidfielder
19Petr JirácekMidfielder
-Yohandri OrozcoMidfielder
9Mario MandzukicStriker
35Marwin HitzGoalkeeper
7JosuéMidfielder
-Hasan SalihamidzicMidfielder
24Ashkan DejagahStriker
20Rasmus JönssonStriker
-Sebastian PolterStriker
44Giovanni-Guy Yann SioStriker
Players to Watch
Christoph Metzelder
Christoph Metzelder
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Petr Jirácek
Petr Jirácek
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 1 0
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