Paderborn - SC Paderborn 07 welcome local rivals FC Schalke 04 to the Benteler-Arena for the very first time on Wednesday evening (kick-off 19:00 GMT / 20:00 CET).

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40 points is generally regarded as the target to avoid relegation and with two games of the first half of the season to go, Andre Breitenreiter's (l.) Paderborn are just two points short of getting halfway there. Schalke, on the other hand, are only a point behind third and will be looking for a win to remain on course for a return to the UEFA Champions League next season.

Breitenreiter has the usual suspects at his disposal with (r.) and the only absentees, allowing him to name the same team which picked up a point at second-placed VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.

With (l.) back in action at the weekend, Schalke coach Roberto Di Matteo has a further option up front while is also back in the squad. The Italian still has a long list of long-term absentees, though, admitting: "We don't have that many options at the moment."

When faced with the physical strength of forwards such as and , it helps to have a towering presence of your own and Paderborn have that in (r.), who has won 68 per cent of his challenges and completed an impressive 80 per cent of his passes this season.

Guile and strength are not all Schalke have in their attack, though, with (l.) providing the perfect complement with his skill and trickery. The 19-year-old has started the last five games for the Royal Blues and appears to be warming to the task.

Andre Breitenreiter (Paderborn coach): "Schalke belong to the best five clubs in Germany and they're into the last 16 of the Champions League."

Roberto Di Matteo (r., Schalke coach): "We want as many points as we can possibly get from our last two games [of 2014]."

You have to go back to the start of November for Paderborn's last win (3-1 against Hertha Berlin), but they have nevertheless proven to be tough to beat, drawing three of their last five. Schalke's three-game winning run was ended by 1. FC Köln - the side who were promoted with Paderborn back in May - at the weekend.

This is an historic first meeting between these two sides in a competitive game, although they have met before in friendly matches, most recently in January 2013 when the Royal Blues won 2-1. (r.) scored for the East Westphalians, while Benedikt Höwedes and Julian Draxler were on target for Schalke.

Possible line-ups:

Paderborn: Kruse - Wemmer, Strohdiek, Hünemeier, Brückner - Ziegler, Rupp - Stoppelkamp, Bakalorz, Meha - Saglik

Schalke: Fährmann - Neustädter, Kirchhoff, Höwedes - Uchida, Fuchs - Aogo - Barnetta, Meyer - Huntelaar, Choupo-Moting

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