bundesliga.com looks at how the two sides are shaping up ahead of the big game...
Spirits are on the up at Schalke following Wednesday's gutsy 1-1 draw at English Premier League side Chelsea FC in the UEFA Champions League. The Royal Blues are yet to win domestically, but could leapfrog tenth-placed Frankfurt if they can carry the midweek momentum with them to the Veltins Arena.
Just as they were in midweek, Jens Keller's side will be without captain (groin). Roman Neustädter dropped into the back four alongside Kaan Ayhan as a result, but will likely return to his preferred midfield role, with 18-year-old Marvin Friedrich, who only made his Bundsliga debut last weekend, set to start. Fit-again right-back Atsuto Uchida is also in contention.
Waylaid Paraguayan frontman Nelson Valdez (knee) was back in the gym this week, although won't figure for a good while yet. Former VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Slobodan Medojevic could make his first start after stepping off the bench against FC Augsburg last time out, but Anderson Bamba has been ruled out with gastric flu.
was the name on everyone's lips following his performance against Chelsea, the 20-year-old having put on the sort of masterful display you'd expect to see from some of the world's best midfielders seven or eight years his senior. He even chipped in with an assist for good measure.
hasn't scored since Matchday 1, but he certainly looks like a striker who's capable of posting double figures in the goals department. Difficult to pick up for opposition defenders and handy both inside and outside the box, the Swiss international could cause plenty of problems for Schalke's patchwork back line.
Julian Draxler: "The Champions League's one thing; now we have to show that we can turn things around in the Bundesliga."
Thomas Schaaf: "Schalke showed their potential against Chelsea. We'll have to be at our best."
Schalke still only have a point to their name after being played off the park in Gladbach on Matchday 3. They showed a dramatic improvement in Europe, but still the wait goes on for that maiden win of the season. Frankfurt got theirs on the opening day, before drawing at Wolfsburg and losing 1-0 at home to Augsburg last weekend.
The two sides played out a barnstorming 3-3 draw in last season's reverse fixture at the Commerzbank Arena, before Schalke picked up a 2-0 win on home soil to extend their overall record against the Eagles to 31 wins, 21 draws and 28 defeats.
Schalke: Fährmann - Höger, Ayhan, Friedrich, Aogo - Neustädter, K.-P. Boateng - Sam, M. Meyer, Draxler - Huntelaar
Frankfurt: Trapp - Ignjovski, Zambrano, Madlung, Djakpa - Russ, Hasebe - Kadlec, Inui, Piazon - Seferovic
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