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