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  • April 16, 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • Weserstadion, Bremen
  • Referee: K. Kircher
  • • Attendance: 40500
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Bundesliga preview: Werder Bremen - Schalke

Bundesliga preview: Werder Bremen - Schalke

Schalke, fresh from the Champions League heroics, must focus on league duty once again, against Werder


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Werder Bremen: Wiese; Fritz, Mertesacker, Pasanen, Silvestre; Frings; Borowski, Wesley; Marin; Pizarro, Wagner


Schalke: Neuer; Uchida, Metzelder, Hoewedes, Sarpei; Farfan, Papadopoulos, Matip, Jurado; Raul, Edu



DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Werder Bremen are unbeaten in their last six games in the league with two wins and four draws. Only Bayer Leverkusen (eight games) have a longer unbeaten streak.
  • Bremen have won just two of their last twelve games against Schalke, losing seven times and drawing the other three.
  • Werder's total of 34 points after 29 matches is their lowest in twelve years.
  • Bremen's last four home matches have all ended in draws - the first time this has happened since 1995. They once drew five consecutive games at the Weserstadion in 1970.
  • Die Gruen-Weissen have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last fourteen matches - the worst streak in the league. They went fifteen games without doing so in 1994 and eighteen in 1963-64.
  • Schalke have conceded 33 goals this season, fewer than any other side in the Bundesliga with the exception of rivals and league leaders Borussia Dortmund.
  • Coach Ralf Rangnick will celebrate his 250th Bundesliga game against Werder and he could notch up a century of wins in the top flight.
  • Rangnick, who is in his second spell in Gelsenkirchen, has won each of the four games he has taken charge of since replacing Felix Magath - two against Inter and league games against St Pauli and Wolfsburg.
  • Die Knappen's current points total of 39 from 29 games in their lowest in eleven years.
  • Schalke have yet to win this season after going behind. Their record after conceding first stands at four draws and twelve defeats.

LAST MEETING


November 20, 2010: Schalke 4-0 Werder Bremen

The Miners produced one of their best performances under Felix Magath this season to demolish die Gruen-Weissen in the Veltins Arena. Christoph Metzelder's header gave the home side the lead midway through the first half before Raul took centre stage. He latched onto the rebound from Edu's free-kick for his first in first-half stoppage time, volleyed home on his right peg for his second and completed his hat-trick with an exquisite chip over Tim Wiese.

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Available Squads
1Tim WieseGoalkeeper
18Mikael SilvestreDefender
3Petri PasanenDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
8Clemens FritzDefender
6Tim BorowskiMidfielder
22Torsten FringsMidfielder
11WesleyMidfielder
21Marko MarinMidfielder
14Claudio PizarroStriker
33Sandro WagnerStriker
21Sebastian MielitzGoalkeeper
35Florian TrinksMidfielder
10Marko ArnautovicStriker
41Dominik SchmidtDefender
14Aaron HuntMidfielder
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
8Danilo AvelarDefender
21Christoph MetzelderDefender
4Benedikt HöwedesDefender
22Atsuto UchidaDefender
10Julian DraxlerMidfielder
14Kyriakos PapadopoulosDefender
7RaúlStriker
40Anthony AnnanMidfielder
17Jefferson Agustin FarfánStriker
9Angelos CharisteasStriker
32Joel MatipDefender
18JuradoMidfielder
3Sergio EscuderoDefender
33Mathias SchoberGoalkeeper
9Alexander BaumjohannMidfielder
8Ali KharmiMidfielder
9EduStriker
Players to Watch
Claudio Pizarro
Claudio Pizarro
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
Raúl
Raúl
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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