• Against no other side have Stuttgart won more often in the Bundesliga than they have against Schalke (41 times). S04 have only lost more top-flight games against Bayern (44).
  • Stuttgart have won four of their last five matches against Schalke (1 defeat).
  • With 26 goals conceded after 13 games, Schalke have their worst defence for 20 years. They also conceded 26 goals after 13 games in 1993/94 and ended the campaign in 14th.
  • Stuttgart have scored the most goals from corners (5) this season whilst Schalke have recorded three goals from such a situation (joint-second).
  • VfB have scored seven goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches – a league high. Schalke have scored the most goals in the closing quarter of an hour (8). Four of Schalke’s last seven goals in the Bundesliga have come from the 85th minute onwards.
  • Stuttgart’s tally of seven headed goals is a league-best. Schalke have already conceded seven goals from headers; a league-high together with 1899 Hoffenheim.
  • Vedad Ibisevic scored all five of Stuttgart’s goals in the 3-1 home win and the 2-1 away wins against Schalke last season. Against no other club has he scored more Bundesliga goals than he has against the Royal Blues (7).
  • Thomas Schneider collected 10 points from his first four games as Stuttgart manager (W3 D1) and also kept two clean sheets. Just one win has followed in the six games since then (D3 L2), a 3-1 victory over Freiburg on November 10th.
  • Jens Keller was the Stuttgart manager from October to December 2010. He was also a youth player there, before going on to make 49 Bundesliga appearances for VfB (1 goal). He was in the 1992 title-winning side together with Thomas Schneider, although Keller didn’t make an appearance that season.
  • Schalke chairman Horst Heldt was the sporting director at VfB from 2006 to 2010 and celebrated winning the league title with them in 2007. He also made 54 Bundesliga appearances (3 goals) for Stuttgart between 2003 and 2005.