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  • September 11, 2011
  • • 16:30
  • • VOLKSWAGEN ARENA, Wolfsburg
  • Referee: D. Aytekin
  • • Attendance: 30000
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Bundesliga Preview: Wolfsburg - Schalke

Bundesliga Preview: Wolfsburg - Schalke

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Wolfsburg will be looking to get back on track following three successive Bundesliga defeats against Schalke, who are in a rich vein of form


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Wolfsburg (4-4-2)

Benaglio; Ochs, Kyrgiakos, Russ, Schafer; Hasebe, Trasch, Josue, Hitlsberger; Lakic, Mandzukic

Felix Magath has a few injury woes for this game with new signings Alexander Hleb and Chris joining long-term absentees Arne Friedrich and Thomas Kahlenberg on the sidelines.

Srdan Lakic is likely to replace Patrick Helmes upfront to partner Mario Mandzukic, while Marco Russ is expected to be preferred to Alexander Madlung at centre-half.

Schalke (4-4-2)

Fahrmann; Hoger, Howedes, Papadopoulos, Fuchs; Farfan, Matip, Holtby, Draxler; Raul, Huntelaar

Ralf Rangnick is nearing a fully-fit first-team squad but will have to do without Peer Kluge, Sergio Escudero, Levan Kenia and Tim Hoogland for the visit to Wolfsburg.

The only change from the side who defeated Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 a fortnight ago is Marco Hoger, who is expected to resume at right-back in place of Atsuto Uchida.


DID YOU KNOW?
 

  • Wolfsburg have lost their last three Bundesliga games, despite opening the campaign on a good note with a 3-0 away victory against Koln.
  • 13 out of the 28 Bundesliga meetings between these two sides have ended in a draw.
  • Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath left Schalke on March 16 this year to rejoin his former club, taking over two days later.
  • Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has so far scored 12 goals in all competitions this season. He only managed 13 in the whole of the 2010-11 campaign.
  • Despite losing their opening game of the season 3-0 to Stuttgart, Ralf Ragnick's men are in great form with three successive victories taking them up to second in the league table.
  • The 2010-11 Champions League semi-finalists have taken a 1-0 lead against Wolfsburg on 16 occasions but have won only seven of these games (drawing six and losing three).

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Available Squads
35Marwin HitzGoalkeeper
4Marcel SchäferDefender
16Sotirios KyrgiakosDefender
17Alexander MadlungDefender
17Makoto HasebeMidfielder
20Rasmus JönssonStriker
15Christian TräschMidfielder
7JosuéMidfielder
2Patrick OchsMidfielder
9Srdjan LakicStriker
9Mario MandzukicStriker
13Koo Ja-CheolMidfielder
8Jan PolakMidfielder
29ChrisDefender
12Andre LenzGoalkeeper
4Marco RussDefender
24Ashkan DejagahStriker
17Patrick HelmesStriker
1Ralf FährmannGoalkeeper
23Christian FuchsDefender
32Joel MatipDefender
4Benedikt HöwedesDefender
12Marco HögerMidfielder
17Jefferson Agustin FarfánStriker
7Lewis HoltbyMidfielder
7RaúlStriker
14Kyriakos PapadopoulosDefender
10Julian DraxlerMidfielder
25Klaas-Jan HuntelaarStriker
9Ciprian MaricaStriker
9Alexander BaumjohannMidfielder
18JuradoMidfielder
36Lars UnnerstallGoalkeeper
21Christoph MetzelderDefender
22Atsuto UchidaDefender
20Teemu PukkiStriker
Players to Watch
Thomas Hitzlsperger
Thomas Hitzlsperger
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Stuttgart man has endured plenty of injury problems of late but he could very well prove to be a great signing. His thunderbolt of a left foot could cause Schalke all sorts of problems on Sunday.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
2 1 0 0
12 goals in seven appearances in all competitions speaks for itself. The Dutch striker is in superb form and Wolfsburg's backline will need to be at their best if they are stop the former Real Madrid man from equalling his goal tally of last campaign in September.
Prediction
Despite Wolfsburg being in poor form and Schalke coming off the back of three successive victories, history tells us to expect a draw in this one. Felix Magath's team will be looking to bounce back after the horrorshow against Freiburg and I expect them to do so.
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