Three defeats from three in the league so far this season for Schalke, yet last week, manager Domenico Tedesco was more than defiant. The German-Italian issued what seemed like a rallying cry to the players, and in midweek Schalke responded, only a contentious penalty denied them three points at home to Porto in the Champions League.
But the reality is still that Die Konigsbauer are winless and pointless in the league, second from bottom. The Miners have to get going in the league sooner rather than later, but their next game is likely to be toughest so far this season.
Bayern Munich are with a 100% record in the league, and began their Champions League campaign with a straightforward win at Benfica.
Yet there is more than enough cause to believe Die Roten haven’t quite hit thier stride just yet under new manager Niko Kovac. That could work in Schalke’s favour, there might be flaws to exploit. But it could also mean Bayern can pick up another gear. Tedesco will hope it’s not in Gelsenkirchen.
Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund, who this midweek got a first Champions League win since March 2017, travel to Hoffenheim, who were denied victory on their Champions League group stage debut after conceding late away to Shakhtar.
Leipzig travel to Frankfurt, Wolfsburg aim to maintain their bright start as they welcome Freiburg to the Volkswagen Arena, while Borussia Monchengladbach travel to the capital to face Hertha.
Leverkusen, bottom and pointless, host Mainz, Werder Bremen face a trip to Augsburg, and Stuttgart host Dusseldorf.
Schalke v Bayern Munich
Leverkusen v Mainz
Frankfurt v RB Leipzig
Hertha BSC v Monchengladbach
Hoffenheim v Dortmund
Wolfsburg v Freiburg
Augsburg v Werder Bremen
Stuttgart v Dusseldorf
Nuremberg v Hannover