- Leipzig enjoying a seven-game winning streak.
- Schalke unbeaten in seven after losing their first five.
- Hosts yet to lose after 12 games.
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.
- Leipzig are the only team in the Bundesliga to have won their last seven games.
- Leipzig have 30 points after 12 games, a feat previously achieved by ten teams in the three-points-for-a-win era. Seven of them went on to be crowned Bundesliga champions.
- Only seven players in Bundesliga history were younger than Timo Werner when they scored their 20th goal, including legends such as Klaus Fischer, Dieter Müller and Olaf Thon.
- With seven goals in 12 games, Werner is enjoying his best start to a Bundesliga season, and is also the highest-scoring German player in the league.
- Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick had two stints as Schalke coach. He left the club for the first time in December 2005, after his famous lap of honour against Mainz, and stepped down again in September 2011 due to burnout.
- Schalke are unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions, and have won their last five.