Borussia Dortmund could celebrate a historic success in the derby and become only the second club ever to win 800 games in the Bundesliga. Schalke are on the verge of scoring their 2500th Bundesliga goal (currently 2,499). All the facts about Saturday's game.
The scenario: Second plays sixth. Borussia Dortmund were only one point ahead of Schalke going into their first meeting this season which ended goalless, now the teams are separated by 14 points.
Home/away: The Black & Yellows have won their previous four home games and remains unbeaten in 13 games at Signal Iduna Park. However, the last home win against Schalke 04 was more than four years ago, winning 3-2 in November 2015 through goals from Kagawa, Ginter and Aubameyang. The Royal Blues have not won in six Bundesliga away games and have failed to score in all four games on their travels in 2020. The last time they endured such a barren spell was between September and November 2001.
Personnel matters: Head coach Lucien Favre will speak about squad selection at a press conference on Friday from 16:45 CET that can be watched live on BVB TV. According to kicker magazine, Schalke 04 will have to do without Caligiuri, Kabak, Mascarell, Miranda, Sané, Serdar and Stambouli.
Head-to-head record: Ahead of the 156th Derby, The Royal Blues are ahead due to their success during Gauliga times (60 wins, 43 draws, 52 losses). Borussia Dortmund have lost only two of the last 10 derbies, with three wins and five draws in that time. Schalke have conceded more penalties against BVB (14) than against any other team and have given away the lead 11 times. The derby has ended goalless on 11 occasions, no other Bundesliga match has ended goalless more often than this one.
Statistics: Borussia Dortmund have won their last four league games. Only Bayern (73) have scored more goals than Borussia (68). In every game during the second half of the season, Jadon Sancho has been directly involved in at least one goal per match. He has been involved in 29 goals (14 goals, 15 assists) and is the league's top scorer. Schalke have not won since beating Gladbach 2-1 in the first match after the winter break. But Schalke have collected more points (37) than during the entire campaign last season (33).
Biggest home win: On matchday 23 of the 1965/66 season, Borussia swept their Ruhr rivals aside at the Rote Erde stadium winning 7-0. A crowd of 30,000 saw Siggi Held, Aki Schmidt, Siggi Held, Wilhelm Sturm, Hoppy Kurrat, Aki Schmidt and Lothar Emmerich score on 26 February 1966.
Referee: As of 17:20 CET Thursday, the German football association (DFB) has not yet announced an appointment.
Compiled by Boris Rupert