• Against no other side have Stuttgart claimed as many top-flight wins as they have against Schalke (41).
  • S04 have only lost to Bayern more often in the Bundesliga (45 times).
  • VfB have won each of their last three home games against the Royal Blues.
  • With 28 points after 30 games, Stuttgart are having their second-worst Bundesliga season ever. The only time they have had fewer points at this stage of the campaign was in 1974/75 (27, assuming three points for a win), a season that ended in relegation.
  • Schalke haven't lost in seven games (W5, D2), the longest unbeaten run in the league.
  • On top of that, the Royal Blues (30 points) are the second-best team in the second half of the season behind only Bayern (31).
  • Stuttgart have already squandered 30 points from winning positions; a tally last reached by Hoffenheim in 2010/11 (32 points dropped after taking a lead). If VfB had collected those 30 points, they would have the same points tally as Schalke.
  • Stuttgart have scored the most goals in the opening 15 minutes of games (12), but they have also conceded the most goals in the final quarter of an hour in matches (18).Schalke's Ralf Fährmann has saved 81.8% of the shots on his goal, the best save percentage of all regular goalkeepers. He has conceded just 14 goals in 18 games and has kept 10 clean sheets. Only Manuel Neuer has kept more (14).
  • Thanks to his goal against Frankfurt, Schalke's Max Meyer is the youngest Bundesliga player ever to score six goals. Stuttgart's Timo Werner has four top-flight goals to his name and is around six months younger than Meyer, but he hasn't found the back of the net yet in 2014.
  • Schalke will be without the suspended Julian Draxler (5 yellow cards). The Germany international has only scored once this season. He netted 10 times in the last campaign.
  • No less than three Stuttgart players' birthdays fall around the day of the match. Carlos Gruezo turns 19 one day before the game, Thorsten Kirschbaum turns 27 on the matchday itself, while Ibrahima Traore celebrates his 26th birthday one day later.
  • Schalke's Jens Keller was a player, youth coach, assistant coach and head coach at VfB.
  • Huub Stevens had two spells in charge of Schalke and won the UEFA Cup with the Royal Blues in 1997, as well as lifting the German Cup twice as the Schalke boss (2001, 2002).