• In the 50th meeting between the two sides, Schalke could celebrate their 25th win. There's a good omen for this match, with none of the previous 49 encounters ending 0-0.
  • Schalke have won 10 of their last 12 competitive matches at home against Hannover (1 draw) and have lost against them just once at home since 2003 (2-1 defeat in August 2010).
  • S04 have won their first two Bundesliga matches of 2014 and are unbeaten in four games (W3, D1). They have also lost just one of the last nine matches (W6, D2).
  • Hannover have also won their opening two games of 2014 and are in third place ahead of Schalke in the table representing the second half of the season.
  • Schalke have won four successive Bundesliga home games for the first time under Jens Keller. The last time they had a longer winning streak at home was between October 2011 and January 2012 under Huub Stevens (5 consecutive home wins).
  • Hannover won their last Bundesliga away game (3-1 in Wolfsburg), but lost all eight matches on the road prior to that this season and are bottom of the away table with just three points.
  • Mame Diouf has been involved in six goals in his last four Bundesliga matches (4 goals, 2 assists). The Senegalese striker has scored all four of those goals in the final 10 minutes of matches.
  • Winter signing Artjoms Rudnevs has scored the opening goal in his each of his first two matches for Hannover. He failed to score in his seven appearances for HSV in the first half of this season.
  • Jens Keller's first Bundesliga managerial job at VfB Stuttgart ended in December 2010 after a 2-1 loss in Hannover. He made a spectacular Bundesliga return in January 2013 as Schalke manager, celebrating a 5-4 home win against 96.
  • Tayfun Korkut is just the second Hannover manager to win his first two Bundesliga matches. Helmut Kronsbein did the same in Hannover's debut Bundesliga season (1964/65).