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  • April 9, 2011
  • • 14:30
  • • Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: P. Sippel
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Bundesliga preview: Schalke - Wolfsburg

Bundesliga preview: Schalke - Wolfsburg

Goal.com previews the action as new Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath makes his return to Schalke.


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Schalke: Neuer; Uchida, Hoewedes, Metzelder, Sarpei; Farfan, Papadopoulos, Jurado, Baumjohann; Raul, Edu

Schalke


Wolfsburg : Benaglio; Riether, Madlung, Kjaer, Schaefer; Cicero, Josue, Polak; Diego; Grafite, Helmes

Wolfsburg



DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Schalke's Raul has scored six of Schalke's last 11 goals in the Bundesliga. Ten of his 12 goals have been scored at the Veltins Arena.
  • Schalke, Wolfsburg and Bremen are the only Bundesliga teams who haven't won a single game in which they trailed this season.

  • Die Knappen have conceded 33 goals in 28 Bundesliga appearances; only Dortmund have a better defensive record.

  • Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath plied his trade at Schalke until March 16, when he was sacked. He moved to Lower Saxony two days later.

  • Die Woelfe have avoided defeat in their last eight games against Schalke (four wins, four draws).

  • Grafite has scored eight goals in five games against Schalke - more than any other team in the Bundesliga.

  • Only Frankfurt (six) have earned fewer points in 2011 than Wolfsburg (nine).


LAST MEETING


November 13, 2010: Wolfsburg 2-2 Schalke

Not for the first time, Wolfsburg saw a home lead cancelled out and had to settle for a draw. Grafite and Edin Dzeko netted a goal apiece within the opening 33 minutes, but Schalke pulled a goal back before half-time thanks to Edu. The visitors were better in the second half, but only managed to equalise under fortuitous circumstances as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar controlled a cross with his hand before netting to make it 2-2. Ashkan Dejagah was sent off shortly thereafter, but the hosts did just enough to hold onto their point until full time.

Players to watch

J. Farfán

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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He said earlier this week that he would rather move earth and rocks in his native Peru than play again under Magath. Suffice to say, Farfan will be fully motivated heading into Saturday's match. The talented winger is a goal-creating catalyst; look for him to be at the centre of most Schalke attacks.

Diego

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Brazilian playmaker has been in excellent form as of late, but his strikers have let him down. He was a constant threat last week against Frankfurt and should have had several assists. All attacks will run through Diego; at least going forward, Wolfsburg's fate rests with him.

Editor's Prediction

In this grudge match it's hard to see a winner. Schalke are a vastly improved team under Ralf Rangnick, but Magath's Wolfsburg have played very well lately in spite of their poor results. The hosts are the more likely side to take all three points, but heading into the match, a draw appears to be most appropriate.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Schalke 04

Wolfsburg

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Schalke 04 S04
FC Schalke 04 Schalke 04
Draw
VfL Wolfsburg WOB
VfL Wolfsburg Wolfsburg
72%
16%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Schalke 04 S04
2 - 0
VfL Wolfsburg WOB
FC Schalke 04 S04
2 - 1
VfL Wolfsburg WOB
FC Schalke 04 S04
3 - 1
VfL Wolfsburg WOB

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