High-flying Hertha Berlin welcome a FC Schalke 04 side a pole apart from them in the league this Sunday (kick-off 17:30CEST/15:30GMT).
Hertha have hit the ground running this season with back-to-back wins erasing the disappointment of an early UEFA Europa League exit. Those triumphs have also made them the current number one challengers to FC Bayern München – a team they meet on Matchday 4 on Wednesday – at the top of the standings.
That is a role Schalke may have been hoping to fill this term, but successive defeats have instead left them bottom of the pile with new coach Markus Weinzierl still waiting for his first points since taking charge. They will be buoyed by their performance against Bayern on Matchday 2, however, and optimistic of finally getting off the mark this time around.