• FC Schalke 04 are undefeated in their last five away trips to 1. FSV Mainz (W3 D2). Against no other current Bundesliga side have Schalke collected more points from their last 5 away games than against Mainz (11, same as against Bremen).
  • Mainz's last Bundesliga home victory against Schalke was a 1-0 win in May 2006. However, they also secured a 1-0 home victory against Schalke in the quarterfinal of the German Cup in March 2009.
  • Mainz won the opening 3 matchdays but lost on matchday 4 with a 4-1 away defeat to Hannover. Schalke have collected just one point from their first 3 league encounters, but secured their first 3 points with a 2-0 win against Leverkusen on matchday 4.
  • While Mainz have won both of their home games this season (a 3-2 win against Suttgart and a 2-0 victory against Wolfsburg), Schalke have lost both of their away matches this season (4-0 defeat in Wolfsburg and a 2-1 loss in Hannover).
  • Jens Keller's first game as Schalke manager was the German Cup round of 16 game against Mainz; the Royal Blues suffered a 2-1 home defeat in December 2012.
  • Nicolai Müller has scored at least one goal on all 4 opening matchdays (5 goals in total). The last time a Bundesliga player scored in all 5 opening games was Stefan Kießling in 2009. Should Müller score against S04, he would match Kießling and equal the Bundesliga record.
  • The two best tacklers of the season so far will go head to head in this game; Bo Svensson (Mainz, won 77.8% of his challenges) and Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke, 76.5%).
  • Schalke's new signing Dennis Aogo is set to make his 150th Bundesliga appearance.
  • Adam Szalai and Christoph Moritz switched clubs this summer. Szalai scored 13 Bundesliga goals for Mainz last season (a total of 21 goals in 79 Bundesliga appearances for Mainz). Moritz made 54 Bundesliga appearances (1 goal) between 2009 and 2013 for Schalke.
  • Other players who have a history with their opponents are Mainz's Niko Bungert (2004-06) and Christian Wetklo (1995-99), as well as Schalke's Christian Fuchs (2010-11), Tim Hoogland (2007-10) and Roman Neustädter (1995-2009).