FC Bayern München captain Philipp Lahm will make his 500th club appearance as the Bavarians look to extend their Bundesliga winning streak against FC Schalke 04 on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
Over the course of his 499 Bayern games to date, Lahm has won seven Bundesliga titles, six DFB Cups, three German Supercups, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. Not to mention captaining Germany to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Expect him to get a rousing reception at the Allianz Arena this weekend, as leaders Bayern bid to win their eighth consecutive league game and stay at least three points clear of RB Leipzig at the top.
After going through October and November unbeaten, Schalke have struggled to find their form in December and January, with just a single Bundesliga victory in six outings. The Royal Blues were beaten by Eintracht Frankfurt last time out – yet they pushed Bayern all the way on Matchday 2, only conceding goals from Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich in the final ten minutes. Forward Guido Burgstaller has made a bright start to life at Schalke, but it will nevertheless be a tall order for Markus Weinzierl's men to claim their first Bundesliga win at Bayern since April 2009.