• Schalke have won just one of their last four Bundesliga matches against Nürnberg (D1 L2) – a 1-0 victory in October 2012. S04 have failed to score in their last two meetings with FCN.
  • However, FCN haven't won any of their last 11 away games in Gelsenkirchen (D3 L8). Their last Bundesliga win at Schalke was over 20 years ago – a 2-1 victory in September 1993.
  • Nürnberg are on the brink of their eighth relegation from the Bundesliga, which would be an unwanted record (Bielefeld have also been relegated seven times). FCN's last relegation from the top flight in 2007/08 was confirmed after a 2-0 loss to Schalke 04 on the final matchday.
  • A draw would be enough for Schalke to secure direct qualification for the group stage of next season's Champions League. However, the Royal Blues lost their last home match to Gladbach (1-0) having previously gone 10 home games without a defeat.
  • Due to their poor goal difference, Nürnberg will have to win and hope HSV don't if they are to reach the relegation play-off spot. If Hamburg win in Mainz, FCN will definitely be relegated.
  • Nürnberg have lost 10 of their last 11 matches (one win) and have suffered six straight defeats for the first time in 30 years (a run of 10 consecutive losses at the end of the 1983/84 campaign, which ended in relegation).
  • FCN have recorded the fewest wins in the league (5). Nürnberg have never ended a Bundesliga season before with fewer than six victories.
  • Ralf Fährmann has saved 79.5% of the shots on his goal this season and has the best save percentage of the Bundesliga's regular goalkeepers. He has kept eight clean sheets in the second half of the season already – the highest amount this year of all Bundesliga keepers.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Josip Drmic are the top scorers in the second half of the season (10 goals each). However, Huntelaar is suspended (five yellow cards), while Drmic hasn't scored in the last five matchdays.
  • Alongside Huntelaar, Felipe Santana is also suspended for Schalke 04. Nürnberg will be without Javier Pinola, Marvin Plattenhardt and Timothy Chandler, almost the entire back four from the game against Hannover, due to suspension.