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  • February 19, 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: P. Sippel
  • • Attendance: 60511
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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.

Players to watch

K. Huntelaar

Position: Attacker

Games: 3

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Expect the big Dutchman to be in the thick of it against a defence who have shipped an average of three goals in their last nine games on the road.

D. Benaglio

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 0

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  • 0
  • 0
The Switzerland international is sure to have his hands full on Sunday against a merciless Schalke side. It should be interesting to see how he copes with the hosts' many goal threats by properly conducting his defensive line.

Editor's Prediction

As mentioned, the teams are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of form, so the hosts should manage to pick themselves up all three points on Sunday.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Schalke 04

Wolfsburg

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Schalke 04 S04
FC Schalke 04 Schalke 04
Draw
VfL Wolfsburg WOB
VfL Wolfsburg Wolfsburg
63%
16%
21%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Schalke 04 S04
2 - 1
VfL Wolfsburg WOB
FC Schalke 04 S04
3 - 1
VfL Wolfsburg WOB
FC Schalke 04 S04
1 - 1
VfL Wolfsburg WOB

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