Local rivals meet once more in the Ruhr derby. BVB are on a high after their midweek win against Bayern, while S04 have something to prove following their dismal loss to Nurnberg
Howedes, Matip, Papadopoulos, Fuchs
Farfan, Raul, Draxler
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz
Schalke will be nearly at full strength on Saturday, with only goalkeepers Ralf Fahrmann and Timo Hildebrand sidelined with injuries. It is anticipated that Benedikt Howedes will move into a right-back position, and that Christian Fuchs - fit after recovering from illness - will return to play on the opposite side of defence. However, there is a slight question mark over Howedes, who has complained of flu-like symptoms.
Jermaine Jones' role as a midfield anchor is considered safe, but his partner in the centre is uncertain with either Marco Hoger or Lewis Holtby set to fit in alongside the USA international.
Mario Gotze missed Wednesday's 1-0 win over Bayern, but hopes to be fit to feature as a substitute in the big derby. Jurgen Klopp was coy on Friday as to whether or not the youngster will be used. Additionally, there is uncertainty over the availability of Neven Subotic, who took a knock to his calf in midweek.
Klopp is expected to retain the core of his midweek starting XI, although there may be one tactical change with Sven Bender replacing veteran Sebastian Kehl in defensive midfield.
||DID YOU KNOW|
- Schalke have dropped points just twice at the Veltins-Arena this season (one draw, two losses).
- Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has been on target 43 times this season in all competitions. His 24 strikes in the Bundesliga are second only to Mario Gomez's count of 25.
- The most likely S04 starting line-up contains just two players born in the Ruhr area: Joel Matip and Julian Draxler.
- Dortmund have won two of the last three derby matches with Schalke. The other was a scoreless draw
- The last time BVB visited Gelsenkirchen, away fans staged a boycott due to increased ticket prices.
- Robert Lewandowski has scored four goals in as many games. His tally now stands at 25 in all competitions, plus 10 assists in 41 appearances