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  • April 14, 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: M. Gräfe
  • • Attendance: 61673

Schalke - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Klopp's men looking for Ruhr derby win as they march towards Bundesliga title

Schalke - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Klopp's men looking for Ruhr derby win as they march towards Bundesliga title

Local rivals meet once more in the Ruhr derby. BVB are on a high after their midweek win against Bayern, while S04 have something to prove following their dismal loss to Nurnberg



Howedes, Matip, Papadopoulos, Fuchs
Jones, Hoger
Farfan, Raul, Draxler

Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Bender, Gundogan
Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz

Schalke will be nearly at full strength on Saturday, with only goalkeepers Ralf Fahrmann and Timo Hildebrand sidelined with injuries. It is anticipated that Benedikt Howedes will move into a right-back position, and that Christian Fuchs - fit after recovering from illness - will return to play on the opposite side of defence. However, there is a slight question mark over Howedes, who has complained of flu-like symptoms.

Jermaine Jones' role as a midfield anchor is considered safe, but his partner in the centre is uncertain with either Marco Hoger or Lewis Holtby set to fit in alongside the USA international.

Mario Gotze missed Wednesday's 1-0 win over Bayern, but hopes to be fit to feature as a substitute in the big derby. Jurgen Klopp was coy on Friday as to whether or not the youngster will be used. Additionally, there is uncertainty over the availability of Neven Subotic, who took a knock to his calf in midweek.

Klopp is expected to retain the core of his midweek starting XI, although there may be one tactical change with Sven Bender replacing veteran Sebastian Kehl in defensive midfield.

  • Schalke have dropped points just twice at the Veltins-Arena this season (one draw, two losses).
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has been on target 43 times this season in all competitions. His 24 strikes in the Bundesliga are second only to Mario Gomez's count of 25.
  • The most likely S04 starting line-up contains just two players born in the Ruhr area: Joel Matip and Julian Draxler.
  • Dortmund have won two of the last three derby matches with Schalke. The other was a scoreless draw
  • The last time BVB visited Gelsenkirchen, away fans staged a boycott due to increased ticket prices.
  • Robert Lewandowski has scored four goals in as many games. His tally now stands at 25 in all competitions, plus 10 assists in 41 appearances

Players to watch


Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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With his future still in question, it is entirely possible that Saturday's match will be the final Ruhr derby for Raul. The veteran has shown in recent weeks that he still oozes class, and he will be motivated by the chance to help his team to three points against their bitter rivals.

S. Kagawa

Position: Midfielder

Games: 6

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He struggled to find his finish boots against Bayern, but the Japan international nonetheless remains the primary source of inspiration in the Dortmund attack. He has only played in one Ruhr derby in the past, but it was one to remember: 19 months ago he predicted he'd score twice and did just that in a 3-1 win in Gelsenkirchen.

Editor's Prediction

The Ruhr derby is always a spirited clash, and Dortmund will be feeling both joy and fatigue heading into the match. While Schalke's leaky defence did concede four times in midweek, the fact that they will play at home and will revert to their preferred back four ahead of the BVB clash suggests the Nurnberg disaster was only a one-off. A draw is fitting.

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Schalke 04 S04
FC Schalke 04 Schalke 04
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund

Top 3 Predictions

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