Goal.com previews the action ahead of Saturday's prestige match between Germany's fiercest rivals.
|Schalke: Fahrmann; Uchida, Howedes, Metzelder, Fuchs; Kluge, Papadopoulos; Holtby, Raul, Draxler; Huntelaar
With the exception of Christoph Moritz, all players who attended Schalke's pre-season training camp will be available for selection. Jermaine Jones may play a role, albeit limited given that he only recently returned from an extended holiday. Ralf Rangnick will definitely be without Jefferson Farfan, who has a hamstring problem.
|Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Lowe; Kehl, Gundogan; Leitner, Kagawa, Perisic; Lewandowski
Jurgen Klopp will have a significantly depleted squad as his team heads into the Super Cup. Lucas Barrios remains on international duty with Paraguay, while Marcel Schmelzer, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Antonio da Silva, and Marvin Bakalorz have all been ruled out with injuries. The trainer is hopeful that Mario Gotze, Sven Bender, Kevin Grosskreutz and Neven Subotic will be fit; the quartet have been in a race for fitness in recent days.
- Schalke won the DFB Pokal and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season despite finishing 14th in the Bundesliga.
- The Gelsenkirchen side earned a 0-0 draw against their arch-rivals the last time they met.
- Schalke lead the overall Ruhr Derby series with 55 wins to BVB's 46. The two teams have drawn 33 times.
- Dortmund won the Bundesliga and nearly set records for defence and points earned in 2010-11, but were knocked out in the early stages of the DFB Pokal and Europa League.
- BVB earned an impressive 3-1 win over their rivals the last time they visited Gelsenkirchen. Shinji Kagawa led the victors with a brace.
- DFL representative Holger Hieronymus recently compared the rivalry between Dortmund and Schalke to the Spanish Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona.