Crowds will flock to the Weser Stadium in anticipation of seeing an SV Werder Bremen side in fine fettle take on an equally confident FC Schalke 04.
How times have changed for the River Islanders. Where once relegation seemed a distinct possibility, Alexander Nouri’s side are suddenly seeking to sneak into the top half of the table. An incredible run of six games without loss - their fifth win in that sequence a 5-2 triumph at SC Freiburg on Saturday - means that confidence is soaring at the Weser Stadium ahead of Schalke’s arrival. Die Grün-Weißen will not want to stop now, however, with top-flight safety still far from guaranteed.
Buoyed by their recovery to draw with Borussia Dortmund in last weekend’s Revierderby and enjoying an equally impressive run of form as their midweek hosts, Schalke are in solid spirits for Tuesday’s tricky test in northwestern Germany. Unbeaten in five games in all competitions, the Royal Blues will be facing a different beast to the Bremen side they defeated 3-1 in the corresponding fixture last November, but that result should nonetheless stand the Royal Blues in good stead.