FC Schalke 04 will look to cement their place in the top four with victory away to FC Ingolstadt 04 on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/13:30GMT).

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The Royal Blues moved up to fourth on the back of a priceless 2-1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach last time out, but arguably have the more demanding run-in of their direct rivals for a UEFA Champions League berth, with games against FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund lurking on the horizon.

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Before that, though, Die Knappen will have to overcome an Ingolstadt side with a rather important objective of their own still to meet. Although tenth in the current standings, the Bundesliga first-timers are only six points clear of an increasingly congested relegation zone and by no means safe yet.

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History

Matchday 11 rewind: Schalke 1-1 Ingolstadt

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Goals: 1-1 Levels (39'), 1-1 Sane (77')

Leroy Sane scored 13 minutes form normal time as Schalke salvaged a point in the first-ever meeting between the two sides.

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Matchday 28 - match stats

  • Ingolstadt's five-match winless run (four draws, one defeat) is the longest of their short Bundesliga history.
  • Schalke have won three of their last four Bundesliga matches.
  • Ingolstadt lost four of their eight home matches in the Hinrunde, but are unbeaten at the Audi Sportpark in 2016 (three wins, two draws).
  • Schalke have already won five times away from home this season, compared to three over the entire course of 2014/15.
  • Ingolstadt's forwards have shared ten goals in 2016, compared to six in the Hinrunde.
  • A league-high ten of the 35 goals Schalke have conceded in 2015/16 have been scored by defenders.
  • After going six months without a goal, Ingolstadt's Lukas Hinterseer has scored in each of his last four matches.

Possible line-ups

Ingolstadt: Özcan – Da Costa, Matip (c), Hübner, Bauer – Groß, Roger, Christiansen – Hartmann, Lezcano, Leckie

Absentees: Levels (ankle), Danielo Soares (foot)

Schalke: Fährmann (c) – Caicara, Matip, Neustädter, Aogo – Geis, Höjbjerg – Sane, Belhanda, Meyer – Huntelaar

Absentees: Höwedes (thigh), Nastasic (light training), Uchida (knee), Höger (knee)

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