Schalke to maintain good form
Schalke coach Huub Stevens
Fourth-placed Schalke come from a convincing 3-1 win over Augsburg in the previous weekend and will surely aim for maximum points in order to pile pressure on the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Monchengladbach ahead of them.
Hitman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will once again lead from the front as Schalke’s hope for goals.
Huntelaar, alongside Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez, tops the Bundesliga goals scorer’s chart with 13 goals from 15 matches.
Schalke coach Huub Stevens has praised his former club Hertha Berlin ahead of his return to the capital on Friday night.
Stevens coached Hertha in 2002 and 2003 and he still knows the club hierarchy well, although his priority on Friday is taking the Royal Blues up to second on the Bundesliga table.
"Hertha are enjoying a good season and the team is showing great morale," the Dutch coach told Schalke's website.
"Their general manager Michael Preetz was a player under me back then and he and the rest of the management are doing a good job."
Markus Babbel is currently in charge of the capital club and has a good relationship with Schalke's director of sport Horst Heldt, who is looking forward to meeting him again.
Hertha come from a 1-1 draw at away to Kaiserslautern and are five places below Schalke, nine points adrift, and will surely want to improve on that result.