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