Managers Jupp Heynckes and Huub Stevens will do battle for the first time this season Saturday afternoon, with the pair enjoying UEFA Champions League success this week.
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It may lack the box office draw of El Clasico or the traditional allure of the Milan derby, but there can be no doubting the scale of the rivalry between Schalke and Bayern Munich.
On Saturday afternoon the pair do battle in Gelsenkirchen, with both sides looking to end one another’s unbeaten start to the campaign.
The Bavarians sit at the top of the Bundesliga and boast a 100 percent record from their opening three games, while die Konigsblauen reside in fourth place - just two points behind their fierce rivals.
If last season’s clashes between the pair are anything to go by, then the hosts hold the upper hand, having emerged 2-0 victors on both occasions, with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer - who traded Schalke for Bayern 15 months ago - yet to concede against his former employers.
But, fresh off the back of a fine 2-1 UEFA Champions League win at Olympiakos in midweek - the same scoreline by which Bayern saw off Valencia on Wednesday evening - Huub Stevens’ charges will head into the game full of confidence.
Timo Hildebrand looks to be the only notable absentee from the Schalke squad, with Jermaine Jones a slight doubt, while Bayern will check on the fitness of Franck Ribery after he limped off at halftime on Wednesday evening. Mario Gomez remains sidelined with an ankle injury.
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- Of their 92 meetings, Jupp Heynckes’ side have won 45 in comparison to Schalke’s 20, with a further 27 encounters ending in draws.
The Bavarians finished nine points ahead of Schalke in the Bundesliga last season and have accrued two points more than their rivals from the opening three league games of the current campaign.
- Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer joined the club from Schalke in June 2011, for a fee of 18 million euros.
Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar became the first Dutchman to top the Bundesliga goalscoring charts last season, with a haul of 29 goals.
Die Konigsblauen last recorded a win over Bayern in March 2011, when they triumphed 1-0 at the Allianz Arena in the DFB-Pokal. Former striker Raul netted the only goal of the game.
Schalke have won four and drawn one of their opening five contests in all competitions this season.