FC Schalke 04 head coach Andre Breitenreiter goes in search of his first win against bogey team 1. FC Köln on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
The Royal Blues may have turned the corner in the wider context of the race for Europe with victory over Hamburger SV in midweek, but they have not beaten the Billy Goats in over four years.
For their part, mid-table Köln's 3-0 success in the reverse fixture was arguably one of the highlights of their season, particularly given that the Rhineland club have won only three of their 16 matches since.
Schalke were stopped one game short of a record seventh straight win after Köln ran riot at the VELTINS Arena thanks to goals from Anthony Modeste, Yannick Gerhardt and Simon Zoller.
Matchday 25 - Match facts
- Breitenreiter has never beaten Köln in the Bundesliga (not even as a player). As a coach, he has drawn two (both with SC Paderborn 07), while the 3-0 defeat in the reverse fixture was his heaviest as Schalke coach. His teams have never scored against Köln.
- With 26 shots on goal against Hamburg, Schalke equalled their highest number for the season in a single game, and they won their first game having fallen behind.
- Modeste has been involved in 56 percent of Köln's goals (14 of 25), making his the biggest single contribution of any player in the Bundesliga.
- The Frenchman has scored 14 goals in all competitions this season, with all the remaining Köln players combined netting just 15.
- Only Hannover 96 have picked up fewer points (three) in 2016 than Köln (six).
- Schalke's winter recruits Alessandro Schöpf and Younes Belhanda have both found the net twice in 2016.
- Since returning to the Bundesliga in 2014, Köln have not yet dropped a point against the Royal Blues.
- Gerhardt has scored two of his three Bundesliga goals against Schalke.
Köln: Horn - Sörensen, Maroh, Heintz, Hector - Vogt, Lehmann - Risse, Gerhardt, Bittencourt - Modeste
Absentees: Zoller (thigh)
Schalke: Fährmann - Junior Caicara, Matip, Neustädter, Kolasinac - Geis, Höjbjerg - Sane, Belhanda, Meyer - Huntelaar
Absentees: Höwedes (muscular) Nastasic (Achilles), Uchida (light training), Goretzka (shoulder), Höger (knee)