• The last competitive match between the two sides was in the last 16 of the German Cup in December, which also took place in Gelsenkirchen – Hoffenheim won 3-1.
  • With four wins from 11 Bundesliga meetings with Schalke, Hoffenheim have a slight advantage in the head-to-head record between the two sides (D4 L3). On top of that, TSG also won 3-1 in the last 16 of the German Cup this season.
  • Schalke are unbeaten in their last six Bundesliga games in the Veltins Arena (W5 D1). The last time they had a longer unbeaten run at home in the league was between October 2011 and April 2012 (10 games).
  • Hoffenheim haven’t lost any of their last five Bundesliga games (W3 D2), a run they last enjoyed two years ago (March/April 2012). The last time TSG went longer unbeaten in the Bundesliga was between April and September 2010 (eight games).
  • The 6-2 home win over Wolfsburg on the last matchday marked a Bundesliga goalscoring record for Hoffenheim. TSG might have won eight games by a four-goal margin before, but they had never scored six goals in a top-flight match previously.
  • TSG games have produced the most goals this season: 100 (52 goals scored, 48 conceded). The last side to have been involved in that many goals after 23 games was Hannover in 1985/86 (106).
  • Hoffenheim have already been awarded 10 penalties this season – a league-high. Sejad Salihovic has scored seven of them. With 25 goals from penalties in the top flight in total, the Bosnian midfielder has scored the most of all current Bundesliga players by far.
  • During the match against Bayern, Kyriakos Papadopoulos became the youngest ever player to have been sent off three times in the Bundesliga (22 years, 9 days). The Greek defender has been dismissed once in each of the last three seasons (in just 43 appearances).
  • TSG manager Markus Gisdol faces his former employers; Gisdol was assistant manager to Ralf Rangnick and then Huub Stevens at Schalke 04 between March 2011 and December 2012.
  • Adam Szalai is set for his 100th Bundesliga appearance (20 for Schalke, 79 for Mainz). The Hungarian striker has never lost a game against Hoffenheim (W3 D3) and has scored against them four times (the same as against Augsburg). Against no other side has he scored more goals.