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19.02. (Sun) 15:30 Schalke 04 - Wolfsburg

Jefferson Farfan - Schalke 04 (Getty Images)



Hoger, Papadopoulos, Metzelder, Fuchs
Matip, Moritz
Farfan, Raul, Draxler


Trasch, Russ, Felipe Lopes, Rodriguez
Schafer, Jiracek, Hasebe, Dejagah
Sio, Mandzukic

Schalke welcome Die Wolfe on Sunday without the options of Benedikt Howedes or Chinedu Obasi, who are both suspended for picking up too many yellow cards.

In addition, Jermaine Jones continues his suspension for stepping on Marco Reus' broken toe back in December, while Ralf Fahrmann, Sergio Escudero and Lewis Holtby all miss out through injury.

Raul's participation is a slight doubt due to suffering a knock on the thigh, but the old warhorse may still make Sunday's clash.

For Wolfsburg, Jan Polak misses out due to a hairline fracture in this leg, while Portuguese forward Vieirinha is still to find full fitness.


  • Schalke are enjoying a sterling run of home form at present, the Gelsenkirchen side winning five of their last six games at the Veltins-Arena. Only Mainz have been able to hold them to a 1-1 draw.
  • At the opposite end of the spectrum, Wolfsburg have only managed a single point in their previous nine matches away from home.
  • Felix Magath's charges have been goal-shy on the road, never netting more than once in any given match.
  • Better news for the visitors is that they have only lost one of their last 10 Bundesliga matches against Schalke.
  • Wolfsburg's 2-1 win over Sunday's opponents earlier in the term was the only time this season when Magath's men have come from behind to win a match.
  • The eccentric Wolfsburg coach has already set a new Bundesliga record this year, fielding 36 different players over the course of the campaign.
As mentioned, the teams are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of form, so the hosts should manage to pick themselves up all three points on Sunday.
Editor's Prediction
Schalke 3-1 Wolfsburg