Competition: Bundesliga Date: Saturday 19th November 2016 Venue: Volkswagen Arena Kick-Off: 14:30 GMT
Wolfsburg remain without forward Bruno Henrique having been ruled out for the next three matches with a knee injury, whilst Julian Draxler could be a doubt due to a groin injury.
Manager Valérien Ismaël is likely to name an unchanged that beat Freiburg a fortnight ago, with Mario Gomez set to lead the attack who’s scored four goals in his last four Bundesliga matches.
Meanwhile, Schalke have no new injury worries with forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar still out of action due to a knee injury. Midfielder Evgen Konoplyanka could earn a recall at the weekend after coming on as a substitute during the 3-1 home win over Werder Bremen at the Veltins Arena.
Wolfsburg look to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season, when they play host to Schalke at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday afternoon.
However, Die Wölfe have endured a painful start to their Bundesliga campaign, with already five defeats from 10 matches, which leaves them 14th on the table just two points above the relegation zone.
On a positive note, Valerien Ismael’s men ended their three match losing streak following a moral boosting 3-0 victory away to Freiburg two weeks back, which included a brace by German international Mario Gomez.
Despite this, the hosts still remain massive underdogs at the weekend who are yet to record a win in their last five home fixtures, conceding eight goals and scoring just twice.
In contrast, Schalke head into the weekend unbeaten in their last five league matches which included a 3-1 home win over Werder Bremen at the Veltins Arena.
The Royal Blues also suffered a demoralising start to the season losing their opening five matches which put them rock-bottom in the Bundesliga and low in confidence.
But, the fans and owners kept faith in manager Markus Weinzierl which has paid off with his side now 12th in the league and have booked a place into the Last 32 of the Europa League, who are unbeaten in the group stages with four straight wins.
Last season, both home sides enjoyed success with a 3-0 score-line in both venues and Wolfsburg are unbeaten in their last three home matches against their weekend opponents.
It’s a tough match to call with both sides evenly contested; however, I’m backing a Schalke win and both teams to score at the weekend.
Benaglio (GK), Trasch, Bruma, Rodriguez, Gerhardt, Seguin, Gustavo, Blaszczykowski, Arnold, Caligiuri, Gomez
Fahrmann (GK), Howedes, Naldo, Nastasic, Geis, Schopf, Goretzka, Bentaleb, Kolasinac, Choupo-Moting, Meyer
Wolfsburg have failed to win their last 5 home matches in the Bundesliga.
Schalke are unbeaten in their last five league matches.