Schalke lost second place in the Bundesliga when they lost to RB Leipzig last week. However, they are still just in the hunt for the title and catching leaders Bayern Munich. Their recent loss was their first setback since September when they lost against Hoffenheim.
Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:
Die Königsblauen will look for a quick return to form in this one and will take inspiration from a four-game winning streak against Hannover. At home their record is even better, having won the last five encounters against H96.
Key Schalke player Leon Goretzka is just getting over a leg injury but has a chance of playing in this one. However, there could be some doubt about his immediate commitment since he just completed a transfer to Bayern Munchen (goes through in July).
Hannover’s performances at the end of 2017 were way below expectations (W2,L4,D2) and fans were beginning to ask questions of coach Breitenreiter Andre. However, the team sit mid-table and are just four points behind Schalke. They will look to continue their good start to 2018 in this one after last week’s brilliant comeback 3-2 home win over Mainz.
Players to watch: Central defender Naldo will be leading the Schalke defence – he scored his team’s only goal last time out and has scored four goals this season.
Niclas Fullkrug, the 24-year-old striker, has scored eight goals in total and recently scored a hat-trick. Can he maintain a good run of goal scoring against one of the best defences in the league?
Stat attack: Schalke are undefeated in their last six games at home and have scored in each of their last 12. They have also just lost once at home in total.
Hannover have scored in 89% of their away games this season. They have conceded at least two goals in their last four games on the road.
These sides have played 53 times in the BL since 1964 and there has never been a 0-0 draw in that time!
Schalke: P. Insua (ribs injury), L. Goretzka (doubtful), S. Riether (doubtful)
Hannover: M. Felipe (groin injury), E. Prib (knee injury), U. Bech (doubtful), P. Schwegler (doubtful).