FC Schalke 04 will be bidding to continue their recent unbeaten streak when they host a Hannover 96 side fresh from celebrating their biggest win of the season.
- Based on the last seven games, Hannover 96 sit , while Schalke are 16th.Hannover scored 13 goals in the first 13 outings of the season, adding four in last weekend's defeat of FC Ingolstadt 04 for their biggest win under Michael Frontzeck.Schalke have not even won half of their home games in the Bundesliga this season (three from seven).The Royal Blues have not conceded a goal in any of their last five home matches on a Friday night.The last team to put a goal past Schalke on a Friday night were Hannover, with a crazy 5-4 win in January 2013.Hannover have won in Cologne and Hamburg, drawing in Wolfsburg and only narrowly losing out to Borussia Mönchengladbach in their last four away games.Since Hannover returned to the Bundesliga in 2002, Schalke have only triumphed over Hertha Berlin (15) more times than they have beaten the Reds (14).Schalke have won six of their last seven home games against Hannover, including their last four.The most significant Schalke win over Hannover dates back to 1938, when they won 4-3 after extra-time in Berlin's Olympiastadion in front of over 94,000 fans to become German champions for the first time.
Schalke: Fährmann – Riether, Höwedes (c), Matip, Aogo – Sane, Goretzka, Höjbjerg, Meyer – Choupo-Moting, Huntelaar
Absentees: Nastasic (Achilles), Uchida (knee), Höger (knee)
Hannover: Zieler – Sorg, Marcelo, Schulz (c), Albornoz – Sane, Schmiedebach - Karaman, Andreasen, Bech - Sobiech
Absentees: Sakai (illness), Kiyotake (foot), Klaus (knee)