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Preview: Schalke 04 vs. Maribor

Sports Mole previews the contest between Schalke 04 and Maribor in the Champions League.

Schalke 04 will go into their Champions League match with Maribor full of confidence after recording back-to-back wins in the Bundesliga.

After drawing at Chelsea two weeks ago, Jens Keller's side won 3-0 at Werder Bremen before edging out Borussia Dortmund last weekend.

Keller will be able to recall star man Julian Draxler to his starting lineup, but midfielder Sidney Sam could miss out through injury.

After overcoming Celtic in the final qualifying round, Maribor started the group stages with a last-gasp draw at home to Sporting Lisbon to get their campaign off to a positive start.

The Slovenian champions haven't been at their best in domestic action, but they are unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions and won't fear their trip to Gelsenkirchen.

Striker Welle N'Diaye is a fitness doubt after being withdrawn late on in the draw with NK Radomlje.

Recent form

Schalke 04: LDDWW

Maribor: WDWWD

Possible starting lineups

Schalke 04: Fahrmann, Uchida, Matip, Boateng, Aogo, Draxler, Neustadter, Hoger, Meyer, Huntelaar, Choupo-Moting

Maribor: Handanovic, Suler, Rajcevic, Mejac, Trajkovski, Vrsic, Filipovic, Mendy, Biton , Bohar, N'Diaye

Sports Mole says: 3-1

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Schalke's head coach Jens Keller reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Schalke 04 vs Hamburger SV in the German city of Gelsenkirchen on August 11, 2013
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