Schalke will be out to put a dent in Borussia Dortmund’s hopes of finishing in the top three when they host their local rivals in the Revierderby on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CEST/14:30 BST).
The Royal Blues won two matches in a row before the international break, following up a 3-0 drubbing of Augsburg with a 1-0 win at Mainz on Matchday 25. The latest success lifted them into the top half of the table for only the third time this season.
The UEFA Europa League quarter-finalists will be hoping to continue their upward trajectory by coming out on top in the 150th competitive meeting of these sides.
Dortmund did the bare minimum in their 1-0 victory over Ingolstadt before the international break but some of their players will have been thankful for a breather following a hectic run of fixtures.
Thomas Tuchel’s side were held to a scoreless draw at home to Schalke in October – one of only three league games the Bundesliga’s second-top scorers have failed to score in this season. A win is required on Saturday if Dortmund are, at the very least, to remain three points behind RB Leipzig in second.