• Exactly one year ago to the day, FC Schalke 04 lost 3-1 at home to SC Freiburg – Huub Stevens was let go as a result. Helmut Schulte was also dismissed following a 3-1 defeat to Freiburg in October 1993.
  • Kaiserslautern are the only side that Freiburg have beaten as often as they have Schalke (11 wins against both). However, SCF’s tally of 40 goals scored against S04 is something they haven’t managed against any other club.
  • Schalke haven’t lost any of their last eight Bundesliga games on a Sunday (W4, D4). Freiburg have lost each of their last four Sunday games in the top flight and are without a win on Sunday in six attempts (D2, L4).
  • Freiburg have won just two of their last 16 Bundesliga games (D5, L9). Both of those wins came away from home in November (3-0 at Nürnberg on November 2nd and 1-0 in Braunschweig on November 23rd).
  • Freiburg have conceded just one goal in their last four Bundesliga away games.
  • Having conceded 28 goals after 15 games, Schalke have their worst defensive record for 20 years. S04 had conceded 30 at the same point in 1993/94 and ended the season in 14th.
  • Freiburg have collected 11 points after 15 matchdays. The only season in which they had fewer at this stage was 2004/05 (10, finished in 18th).
  • Of the top seven sides, Schalke have conceded the most goals (28) – opponents Freiburg have conceded the same amount despite being 16th, as have last-placed Braunschweig.
  • Freiburg’s Mike Hanke played in 79 competitive matches for Schalke, scoring 20 goals. He spent five years with the Royal Blues, between 2000 and 2005.
  • As a player, Christian Streich secured the only Bundesliga promotion in his career in 1989 thanks to a 2-1 win with FC Homburg against Schalke 04 on the final matchday.