- Lahm set to make 500th outing for Bayern.
- Champions seeking an eighth straight league win.
- Struggling Schalke hoping to boost European hopes.
FC Bayern München captain Philipp Lahm will make his 500th club appearance as the Bavarians look to extend their Bundesliga winning streak against FC Schalke 04 on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
Over the course of his 499 Bayern games to date, Lahm has won seven Bundesliga titles, six DFB Cups, three German Supercups, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. Not to mention captaining Germany to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Expect him to get a rousing reception at the Allianz Arena this weekend, as leaders Bayern bid to win their eighth consecutive league game and stay at least three points clear of RB Leipzig at the top.
After going through October and November unbeaten, Schalke have struggled to find their form in December and January, with just a single Bundesliga victory in six outings. The Royal Blues were beaten by Eintracht Frankfurt last time out – yet they pushed Bayern all the way on Matchday 2, only conceding goals from Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich in the final ten minutes. Forward Guido Burgstaller has made a bright start to life at Schalke, but it will nevertheless be a tall order for Markus Weinzierl's men to claim their first Bundesliga win at Bayern since April 2009.
- Lahm's next game will be his 500th for Bayern. In that time he has lifted 20 trophies, 12 of them as captain.
- The Bavarians have won their last eight games in all competitions under Carlo Ancelotti. Nine straight wins would represent the Italian's best run at the club.
- Bayern are currently unbeaten at home under Ancelotti.
- Schalke have lost half of their 18 Bundesliga matches this season and have failed to beat Bayern in 12 competitive outings.
- With just 21 points from 18 outings, Schalke have made their worst start to a Bundesliga season in 23 years.
- Former Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's next clean sheet will be his 100th for Bayern.