• This fixture has been played 50 times in the top flight and has never ended in a goalless draw. Schalke have won 25 times, Hannover 15 (10 draws).
  • 96 have lost just one of their last six home games against the Royal Blues (W3, D2) and are unbeaten in their last three meetings in Hannover.
  • The Lower Saxony club have collected 13 of a possible 15 points from their last five Bundesliga matches – no other BL side has collected more points in that timeframe.
  • Schalke have secured direct qualification for the Champions League group phase for the third time in a row – twice under Jens Keller.
  • The Royal Blues kept 14 clean sheets last season – only Bayern kept more (17); Ralf Fährmann recording 11 of those 14.
  • Hannover had to make do without a player due to suspension 15 times in 2013/14 (9 yellow-card suspensions, 6 sending-offs) – a league-high last season. Marcelo was shown a red card in the first round of the DFB Cup.
  • In Szabolcs Huszti (10 goals + 7 assists) and Mame Diouf (8 goals + 3 assists), the club’s two top points-scorers from last season have left. The Hungarian and the Senegalese players were involved in the most goals for 96 during the 2012/13 campaign too.
  • Jens Keller’s first BL game in the Schalke dugout was in January 2013 – during the spectacular 5-4 home win over Hannover.
  • New Hannover signing Joselu could make his 50th Bundesliga appearance. He has good memories of playing Schalke 04 last season, bagging a brace for Eintracht Frankfurt in a 3-3 draw.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored eight times in his last 10 Bundesliga games. His tally of 12 goals made him S04’s top scorer last season despite only featuring in 18 games.