Schalke vs. Nuremberg: probable line-ups, match stats and LIVE blog!

Schalke is still without Simon Terodde when he greets his fellow promotion candidates in Nuremberg on Friday (kick off 6:30 p.m. CET).

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Terodde has missed two games since becoming the all-time leading scorer in the Bundesliga 2. The Royal Blues did a light job on Sandhausen without their 12-goal top scorer, before losing 2-1 to the leader St. Pauli. They are now 11 points behind the leaders, but only two behind the promotion play-offs currently occupied by Regensburg. Terodde wasn’t the only notable absentee against Pauli either. Forward Marius Bülter missed the game with high blood pressure and remains in doubt, while experienced midfielder Danny Latza will not play again this calendar year due to a persistent knee injury. Head coach Dimitrios Grammozis is still in compulsory isolation, so his assistant Sven Piepenbrock will once again take the lead.

Nuremberg was beaten 3-2 by Pauli a fortnight ago, but rebounded with a 2-1 victory over Holstein Kiel. The result took Der Club a point above Schalke in fifth place, with two games to go before German football’s usual winter break. Erik Shuranov scored the decisive second goal last time around, the 19-year-old scoring for the third time in six outings. Former Manchester United youngster Mats Moller Daehli was the supplier, meanwhile, with his fourth assist of the season and his second in as many league appearances. Not helped by the aforementioned pair’s performances, Nikola Dovedan may have to settle for a place on the bench for the third game in a row. Otherwise, it’s just defender Florian Hübner – absent since August – who is not available for head coach Robert Klauß.

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Match statistics

  • This is the first time the teams have met in the Bundesliga 2. Of the 67 previous top-flight matches, Schalke has won 31 against 20 for Nuremberg, with 16 draws.
  • Terodde has scored 11 times in the first nine games of the season, but only one since; His 154th Bundesliga 2 goal in the 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen on Matchday 14 set a new best mark in the division.
  • Bülter is the Royal Blues’ next most dangerous forward, with six goals and three assists so far.
  • Möller Daehli (two goals, four assists) and Lino Tempelmann (three each) are among the people to watch for Nuremberg.
  • Der Club Have only won away from home twice so far this season, but those wins have come in their last three road games.
  • With seven clean sheets and just 16 goals conceded, Nuremberg has the best defensive record in the division this season.

Likely queues

Schalke: Fraisl – Thiaw, Itakura, Kaminski – Aydin, Zalazar, Palsson (c), Drexler, Ouwejan – Dadashov, Pieringer
Outside: Churlinov (shoulder), Flick (leg injury), Langer (knee), Latza (knee), Rzatkoswki (infection), Sane (thigh), Terodde (calf)
Doubtful: Bülter (hypertension)
Coach: Dimitrios Grammozis

Nürnberg: Mathenia – Valentini (c), Schindler, Sörensen, Handwerker – Krauß, Geis, Nürnberger – Möller Daehli – Shuranov, Schäffler
Outside: Hübner (shoulder), Tempelmann (suspended)
Doubtful:
Coach: Robert Klauß


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