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.
- Bremen are unbeaten in their last six league games, their best run of form for two years.
- The MD27 hosts recorded clean sheets in their last two home matches having managed just one in their previous 29 outings at the Weser Stadium.
- Max Kruse has more goals (7) in 15 games since joining Bremen than he scored in 32 matches for Wolfsburg last season (6).
- Schalke have not lost in eight visits to Bremen, winning on five of those occasions.
- Only two teams have fared worse than the Royal Blues away from home this season. They have registered just ten points from 12 trips so far.
- Schalke have scored only ten goals away from home this season - Frankfurt (9) and Darmstadt (4) are the only clubs to have found the net fewer times on their travels.