Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig will be gunning for their eighth consecutive league victory as they entertain a resurgent FC Schalke 04 at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday (kick-off 18:30CET/17:30GMT).
Leipzig just keep going from strength to strength. Ralph Hasenhüttl's side eased past SC Freiburg last time out to make it seven straight Bundesliga wins, and remain three points clear of champions FC Bayern München at the top. In their last five outings, the promoted side have scored an average of three goals per game, seeing off SV Werder Bremen, SV Darmstadt 98, 1. FSV Mainz 05, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Freiburg. Nevertheless, Schalke should provide an interesting test for the leaders – following a nightmare start to the campaign, the Royal Blues have gone seven games unbeaten in the Bundesliga, winning their last five in all competitions.
Since their 4-0 dismissal of Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 6, Schalke have not looked back, and they come into Saturday's clash with the leaders on the back of three straight wins against Bremen, VfL Wolfsburg and Darmstadt. If they can become the first team to inflict defeat upon Leipzig this season, they will find themselves within touching distance of the European places – nine days after maintaining their perfect record in the group stage of this season's UEFA Europa League. With the Bundesliga's top two form teams going head-to-head, expect fireworks at the Red Bull Arena this weekend.