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  • July 23, 2011
  • • 19:30
  • • Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: K. Kircher
  • • Attendance: 61673
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Schalke 04 won 4 - 3 on penalties

DFL-Super Cup Preview: Schalke - Borussia Dortmund

DFL-Super Cup Preview: Schalke - Borussia Dortmund

Goal.com previews the action ahead of Saturday's prestige match between Germany's fiercest rivals.


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Schalke: Fahrmann; Uchida, Howedes, Metzelder, Fuchs; Kluge, Papadopoulos; Holtby, Raul, Draxler; Huntelaar

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With the exception of Christoph Moritz, all players who attended Schalke's pre-season training camp will be available for selection. Jermaine Jones may play a role, albeit limited given that he only recently returned from an extended holiday. Ralf Rangnick will definitely be without Jefferson Farfan, who has a hamstring problem.

Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Lowe; Kehl, Gundogan; Leitner, Kagawa, Perisic; Lewandowski

Jurgen Klopp will have a significantly depleted squad as his team heads into the Super Cup. Lucas Barrios remains on international duty with Paraguay, while Marcel Schmelzer, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Antonio da Silva, and Marvin Bakalorz have all been ruled out with injuries. The trainer is hopeful that Mario Gotze, Sven Bender, Kevin Grosskreutz and Neven Subotic will be fit; the quartet have been in a race for fitness in recent days.



DID YOU KNOW?
  • Schalke won the DFB Pokal and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season despite finishing 14th in the Bundesliga.
  • The Gelsenkirchen side earned a 0-0 draw against their arch-rivals the last time they met.
  • Schalke lead the overall Ruhr Derby series with 55 wins to BVB's 46. The two teams have drawn 33 times.
  • Dortmund won the Bundesliga and nearly set records for defence and points earned in 2010-11, but were knocked out in the early stages of the DFB Pokal and Europa League.
  • BVB earned an impressive 3-1 win over their rivals the last time they visited Gelsenkirchen. Shinji Kagawa led the victors with a brace.
  • DFL representative Holger Hieronymus recently compared the rivalry between Dortmund and Schalke to the Spanish Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Players to watch

L. Holtby

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Germany U21 captain is not only a skilled playmaker but offers surprising leadership for his age. Having had a successful brekathrough season in 2010-11 and even filled in for Mesut Ozil in the senior national team, he knows just how to influence a big game.

S. Kagawa

Position: Midfielder

Games: 1

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By the way he has played in pre-season, it is as though the Japanese playmaker hadn't missed the spring campaign. In his first Ruhr derby, also played in Gelsenkirchen, he predicted - and converted - a brace. It will be no easy task, but he has the talent to repeat the achievement again.

Editor's Prediction

Schalke have the advantage of playing at home and will be playing at nearly full strength. Dortmund have had their squad depleted by injuries and may lack a bit of freshness, as well as the firepower of Lucas Barrios. With all things considered, the hosts should be the more likely team to take honours; they will be especially motivated following last year's humiliating defeat.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Schalke 04

Borussia Dortmund

Wins
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2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Schalke 04 S04
FC Schalke 04 Schalke 04
Draw
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
37%
56%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Schalke 04 S04
0 - 2
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
FC Schalke 04 S04
1 - 2
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
FC Schalke 04 S04
1 - 3
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB

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