Jens Koller will be delighted to see Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scoring again – the Dutch striker got his first goal since November against Wolfsburg last weekend. Huntelaar is vital to Schalke’s single striker system, especially given the adjustments required in the attacking midfield roles following Lewis Holtby’s January departure. The home side could well be full strength, although that depends on the fitness of three first choice defenders Christian Fuchs, Joel Matip and Atsuto Uchida. Fuchs and Uchida missed the Wolfsburg game but have returned to training, whilst Matip has been out with flu.
Borussia Dortmund also have few concerns, and should be boosted by their midweek Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk. Mats Hummels again missed the game through injury, despite featuring as a substitute in Dortmund’s last Bundesliga match, so it is likely that Felipe Santana will continue to deputise.
Dortmund cannot catch Bayern Munich in 1st place, but will want to stay 2nd ahead of Bayer Leverkusen. Meanwhile Schalke will hope their dreadful midseason run, which saw them slip out of the European places, has ended with two successive victories and a goal for Huntelaar. They find themselves in 6th but are only two points away from 4th and the final Champions league place… (Read more)