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  • February 4, 2012
  • • 9:30 AM
  • • VELTINS-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: D. Aytekin
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Bundesliga Preview: Schalke - Mainz

Bundesliga Preview: Schalke - Mainz

Bongarts

Konigsblauen skipper Benedikt Howedes returns to face Thomas Tuchel's outfit, which is a mere three points away from the Bundesliga's drop zone.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

SCHALKE

Schalke
Unnerstall
Howedes, Papadopoulos, Metzelder, Fuchs
Hoger, Matip
Obasi, Raul, Draxler
Huntelaar

MAINZ


Wetklo
Pospech, Bungert, Noveski, Fathi
Kirchhoff, Polanski, Soto
N. Muller
Szalai, Choupo-Moting



The big news for the home side is that captain Benedikt Howedes has returned to the side after recovering from a fractured cheekbone incurred in late January when the Germany international clashed with teammate Marco Hoger.

However, the bad news for Huub Stevens is that Lewis Holtby, Peer Kluge and Ralf Fahrmann remain sidelined, while Jermaine Jones must miss this one out due to suspension.

For Mainz, Bo Svensson, Stefan Bell and Marcel Risse are all out through injury, while Tunisia striker Sami Allagui is unavailable for selection due to being at the Africa Cup of Nations.


DID YOU KNOW
  • Historically, Schalke is superior to Mainz at both home and away. In 11 encounters so far between the two sides, Schalke has won seven times, lost three and drawn once.
  • Last season, Mainz had its first success at the Veltins-Arena after six consecutive losses. Lewis Holtby, who is now a Schalke a player, was one of the scorers in the win on that day.
  • Coincidentally, another player who was at Mainz last season and now plays for Schalke. Christian Fuchs, is the only player in the host team who has featured in every minute of his club's 19 Bundesliga matches this campaign.
  • Mainz is the only team in the German top flight to have gone on to lose a match after going 2-0 up this season. Any guesses as to who it was against? Exactly – Schalke won 4-2 at the Coface Arena back in August.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could become the fifth non-German player – and the 20th Schalke player – to score more than 25 Bundesliga goals. Currently on 24, the Dutchman is closely followed by Raul (23) and Jefferson Farfan (22).

Players to watch

K. Huntelaar

Position: Attacker

Games: 13

  • 2
  • 1
  • 0

Mohamed Zidan

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Editor's Prediction

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Schalke 04

Mainz 05

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Schalke 04 S04
FC Schalke 04 Schalke 04
Draw
1. FSV Mainz 05 M05
1. FSV Mainz 05 Mainz 05
91%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Schalke 04 S04
3 - 1
1. FSV Mainz 05 M05
FC Schalke 04 S04
3 - 0
1. FSV Mainz 05 M05
FC Schalke 04 S04
2 - 0
1. FSV Mainz 05 M05

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