• Schalke must win this game to secure a place in the last-16 of this Champions League.
  • A draw would be enough for Basel to get to the knockout stage of the Champions League for the second time in the history of the Club.
  • These sides have met only twice so far – the Germans are unbeaten against Basle having claimed a 1-1 draw in the Uefa Cup 2004-05 and a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture earlier in October.
  • Swiss sides are currently without a win in Germany in eight attempts, since Servette won in Berlin against Hertha back in December 2001.
  • German sides haven’t conceded a single goal in the last four games played at home against Swiss opponents.
  • Schalke have picked up just one point from their last three Champions League games; failing to score a single goal in the process.
  • Basel are unbeaten in their last three Champions League games, despite scoring only one goal in each of these fixtures.
  • Basel have scored and conceded goals in each of their last four away games played in Europe between this and last season.
  • Julian Draxler (two goals, one assist) has been involved in three of the four Schalke’s goals in Champions League this term.