Having already qualified from Group K, FC Schalke 04 are aiming to book their place in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 with an unblemished record when they take on Asteras Tripolis FC on Thursday evening (kick-off 21:05CET/20:05GMT).
AC Sparta Praha still have an outside chance of knocking the Royal Blues off of top spot in Group K should they fail to win in Greece, but Andre Breitenreiter’s side are confident after picking up 11 of a possible 15 points in the competition this season.
- Johannes Geis was a member of the 1. FSV Mainz 05 team who were knocked out in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate loss against Asteras last season.
- Schalke are unbeaten in their last five matches against sides from Greece (W4, D1).
- The Royal Blues have collected 13 points from a possible 21 against Greek opposition.
- Should Klaas-Jan Huntelaar score on Thursday he will become the 14th player to reach the 50-goal mark in UEFA club competition.
MD15 Highlights: Schalke 3-1 Hannover
Asteras: Theodoropoulos – Zisopolous, Allocco, Sankare, Giannoulis – Goian (c), Hamdani, Iglesias – Lluy, Mazza, Giannou
Schalke: Fährmann – Riether, Höwedes (c), Matip, Kolasinac – Geis, Höjbjerg – Sane, Meyer – Huntelaar, di Santo