bundesliga.com presents everything you need to know on the Royal Blues' must-win finale in Group G...
Victory might not be enough for Schalke, who go into the contest in third, two points behind Sporting Clube de Portugal. Die Knappen must take all three points and hope Sporting lose at Chelsea FC to advance to the last 16 for the third year on the spin. Maribor will drop into the UEFA Europa League at the Royal Blues' expense with a win.
Petar Stojanovic, who became Slovenia's youngest ever senior international in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Colombia on 18 November (19 years and 42 days) is doubtful for the match, while fellow defender Ales Mejac could also miss out with a hamstring injury.
With Joel Matip, Sidney Sam, Chinedu Obasi, Julian Draxler, Sead Kolasinac, Leon Goretzka and Jefferson Farfan ruled out through injury, Roberto Di Mattteo's side effectively picks itself. , Kevin-Prince Boateng and Marco Höger, meanwhile, are all a booking away from suspension.
Son of retired Slovenian legend Zlatko - currently director of football at Maribor - Luka Zahovic carries the weight of a nation on his young shoulders. The 19-year-old striker was on target against Lisbon on Matchday 1, with ten of his 12 goals in all competitions so far this season coming on home soil.
warmed up for Wednesday's encounter by scoring the first hat-trick of his professional career against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday. The Cameroonian international has been dovetailing to perfection with Huntelaar and goes into the decisive Group G contest arguably in the form of his life.
Roberto Di Matteo, Schalke head coach: "There's a lot at stake for both teams. Hopefully we'll produce a solid team performance to secure our place in the last 16."
Ante Simundza, Maribor head coach: "A draw doesn't suit either of us, both teams will play for three points."
Schalke bounced back from Matchday 5's 5-0 defeat to Group G winners Chelsea with league wins over 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Stuttgart, but haven't won on the road in two attempts in this season's Champions League. Maribor have recorded wins in six of their last seven games in all competitions.
Huntelaar rode to Schalke's rescue to cancel out Damjan Bohar's opener and secure a 1-1 draw with the Slovenian champions on Matchday 2. Maribor are unbeaten in seven home European games, but have not won any of their five competitive outings against German opposition.
Schalke: Fährmann - Neustädter, Kirchhoff, Höwedes - Uchida, Fuchs - Aogo - Barnetta, M. Meyer - Choupo-Moting, Huntelaar
Maribor: J. Handanovic - Stojanovic, Arghus, Rajcevic, Viler - Mertelj, Z. Filipovic - Sallalich, Vrsic, Ibraimi - Marcos Tavares