Gelsenkirchen - FC Schalke 04 are out to continue their winning streak when they face Greek side Asteras Tripolis FC in UEFA Europa League Group K on Thursday evening (kick-off 19:00 CEST / 17:00 GMT).

The Royal Blues eased past Cypriot champions APOEL FC 3-0 in their opening fixture a fortnight ago, and go into this match having won their last four Bundesliga fixtures, most recently a 1-0 triumph away to Hamburger SV.

Top facts

  • This will be the first time these sides meet in European competition.
  • Schalke are unbeaten in their last four matches (three wins, one defeat) against Greek opposition.
  • Asteras have not managed to win any of their five most recent European fixtures (three draws, two defeats).
  • Leroy Sane has scored in each of his last three competitive outings.
  • Schalke currently top Group K on three points; Asteras drew their opener against Sparta Prague 1-1.

Possible line-ups

Schalke: Fährmann - Caicara, Matip, Neustädter, Aogo - Geis, Goretzka - Sane, Meyer, Choupo-Moting - Huntelaar

Asteras: Kosicky - Allocco, Mazza, Giannoulis, Fountas - Bertoglio, Lluy, Goian, Iglesias - Ederson, Giannou