Here are the facts on the 153rd competitive derby between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund, which kicks off in Gelsenkirchen at 15:30 CET on Saturday.
- Borussia Dortmund have the marginally superior head-to-head record against Schalke in the Bundesliga (W32 L31).
- However, BVB's last victory over S04 came more than three years ago, on 8 November 2015, when they recorded a 3-2 home win over their local rivals courtesy of goals scored by Kagawa, Ginter and Aubameyang. Since then there have been four draws and, most recently, a 2-0 away defeat on 15 April 2018 that ended Schalke's six-match winless run against the Black & Yellows.
- BVB are the only team the Royal Blues have beaten four times at home after being 1-0 behind. Conversely, BVB are the only team Schalke have lost to four times at home after being 1-0 ahead.
- Schalke 04 might be down in 12th place with 14 points, but they have only lost one of their past five Bundesliga matches (a 3-0 reverse in Frankfurt on 11 November 2018).
- League leaders Borussia Dortmund have won their past four matches and have the most wins in the division (10).
Facts on Schalke 04
- The men from Gelsenkirchen have scored 14 goals in their first 13 matches − a tally considerably below the league average of 20. Only Stuttgart have failed to score more often (eight times) than Schalke (six), who have already failed to find the net on more occasions this term than they did in the whole of last season (three).
- Schalke have only conceded more than two goals in one match this season.
- Only Mönchengladbach have been awarded more penalties (five) than Schalke (four).
- Schalke have won three of their last four home games, but have already lost more times in front of their own fans this term (three) than they did in the entirety of the 2017/18 campaign (two).
Facts on Borussia Dortmund
- BVB are unbeaten in 13 matches. Their last Bundesliga defeat came almost seven months ago, away at TSG Hoffenheim on 12 May 2018.
- Borussia Dortmund have scored more goals than any other team (37), netting three or more times on seven occasions, and have the second-best defensive record in the division.
- The Black & Yellows have taken points from five matches in which they have found themselves behind.
- BVB have won their last four away games. Their last such victorious streak on the road came more than four years ago, in April 2014.
Compiled by Boris Rupert