Following a chastening 3-0 loss away to Werder Bremen last time out, Schalke will be keen to respond in a positive fashion against an equally bruised Wolfsburg side shaken by their own Matchday 27 defeat when they meet on Saturday (15:30 CEST/13:30 GMT).
Wolfsburg welcome Luiz Gustavo back to the heart of their defence after the Brazilian served a ban in the midweek reverse at home to Freiburg. Elsewhere, Daniel Didavi and Yunus Malli are challenging to break into the Wolves' starting XI.
Schalke:Fährmann – Kehrer, Höwedes (c), Nastasic, Kolasinac – Caligiuri, Bentaleb, Goretzka, Meyer – Choupo-Moting, Burgstaller
Coach: Markus Weinzierl
Absentees: Baba (knee), Naldo (pelvis), Embolo (ankle), Aogo (ankle)
Wolfsburg: Casteels - Jung, Knoche, Luiz Gustavo (c), Horn - Bazoer, Guilavogui - Didavi, Arnold, Malli - Gomez
Coach: Andries Jonker
Absentees: Dejagah (calf), Bruma (knee), Rodriguez (foot), Ntep (thigh)
- Schalke have won just three of their ten games in the second half of the season, but are unbeaten in four at home. The Wolves have lost on their last six visits to Gelsenkirchen.No Schalke player has yet scored more than five goals this season, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting last finding the back of the net in November.Wolfsburg lost both of their games against Schalke in the 2016 calendar year without scoring a single goal.Mario Gomez has never scored at the VELTINS-Arena.Daniel Caligiuri was involved in a goal for Wolfsburg on average every 3.5 games, while at Schalke his record is closer to one every five games.