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  • May 5, 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Weserstadion, Bremen
  • Referee: D. Aytekin
  • • Attendance: 42100

Werder Bremen – Schalke Preview: Hosts look to end eight-match losing streak

Werder Bremen – Schalke Preview: Hosts look to end eight-match losing streak

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Thomas Schaaf's men haven't tasted victory since the tail end of March, and may be forced to wait longer as the Gelsenkirchen visitors will be high on morale following a 4-0 win



Stevanovic, Sokratis, Naldo, Schmitz
Fritz, Trybull, Junuzovic
Rosenberg, Pizarro

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

Any Chelsea fans tuning in to see new signing Marko Marin will be unhappy to learn that the young playmaker is suffering from a muscular problem and will not feature at the Weserstadion on Saturday.

Midfielder Mehmet Ekici is also unavailable for selection with a groin strain, while Philipp Bargfrede makes up the remainder of the hosts' infirmary with an Achilles problem.

For the visitors, Chinedu Obasi will be absent as the Nigerian is suffering with a groin strain, while Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Christoph Metzelder are out with a hamstring problem and a torn ligament respectively.

Joining the above trio on the sidelines will be long-term absentee Ralf Fahrmann, who has not yet recovered from his ACL injury, and Timo Hildebrand, whose elbow issue keeps him out still. Hans Sarpei has been deemed unfit to feature.

  • Werder Bremen have failed to register a victory in their last eight Bundesliga clashes, shipping 17 goals in the process – an average of just over two goals per game.
  • Schalke have a decent record against Saturday's hosts, having lost only one of their last five clashes with Bremen, drawing one, and winning three.
  • Visiting striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is currently the Bundesliga's top scorer with 27 for the season, one goal ahead of Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez.
  • Bundesliga veteran, and possible Bayern interest, Claudio Pizarro is Werder's leading goalgetter this term, weighing in at number six in the scoring charts with 16.
  • Coincidentally, Schalke and Bremen's players with the most assists for the season so far are tied on eight. Pizarro once again takes the honour for the hosts, while Jefferson Farfan is the visitors' current leading provider.



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1Tim WieseGoalkeeper
13Lukas SchmitzDefender
15Sebastian PrödlDefender
25Sokratis PapastathopoulosDefender
6Tim BorowskiMidfielder
8Clemens FritzDefender
14Aaron HuntMidfielder
16Zlatko JunuzovicMidfielder
25Tom TrybullMidfielder
9Markus RosenbergStriker
14Claudio PizarroStriker
21Sebastian MielitzGoalkeeper
17Sebastian BoenischDefender
26Florian HartherzDefender
34Aleksandar StevanovicMidfielder
35Florian TrinksMidfielder
10Marko ArnautovicStriker
36Lars UnnerstallGoalkeeper
3Sergio EscuderoDefender
22Atsuto UchidaDefender
32Joel MatipDefender
12Marco HögerMidfielder
13Jermaine JonesMidfielder
17Jefferson Agustin FarfánStriker
8Christoph MoritzMidfielder
10Julian DraxlerMidfielder
25Klaas-Jan HuntelaarStriker
-Robin HimmelmannGoalkeeper
6Tim HooglandDefender
23Christian FuchsDefender
23Lewis HoltbyMidfielder
9Ciprian MaricaStriker
20Teemu PukkiStriker
Players to Watch
Claudio Pizarro
Claudio Pizarro
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Chilean's future is still unknown past the 2011-12 season, meaning a fine performance from the cultured striker could enhance his value for clubs peering in.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
1 1 0 0
Who else? The Dutch striker bagged a double and an assist in last Saturday's 4-0 demolition and will undoubtedly be looking to finish the season as the Bundesliga's top scorer ahead of Bayern's Gomez.
It's true that Schalke have failed to score more than once in each of their last three matches on the road, but having bagged four last weekend, the Huub Stevens' men will hope to finish the season on a high note.
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