Dortmund eye record-breaking win over Schalke in 100th Revierderby
Borussia Dortmund must put their Champions League heartbreak behind them when they attempt to secure a club record ninth consecutive Bundesliga win in the 100th Revierderby against Schalke.
Edin Terzic's side crashed out of Europe's premier club competition in the round-of-16 when they were beaten 2-0 at Chelsea on Tuesday, having won the first leg 1-0.
That ended Dortmund's run of 10 consecutive victories and they felt hard done by, as referee Danny Makkelie allowed Kai Havertz to retake a decisive penalty due to encroachment and he made no mistake after missing his first attempt.
Dortmund must turn their attention back to the battle for the Bundesliga title and resuming their rivalry with relegation-threatened Schalke at the VELTINS-Arena on Saturday, when Marco Reus could make history.
Level on points with Bayern Munich at the top of the table, Dortmund have the opportunity to take their frustration out on the Royal Blues.
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From Champions League misery to cloud nine?
Dortmund have been licking their wounds since the pain of being consigned to a Champions League exit at Stamford Bridge.
They have no time to feel sorry for themselves, with so much at stake as they strive to dethrone Bayern.
Dortmund could win a club record ninth top-flight game in a row this weekend, having matched their best run with a 2-1 victory over RB Leipzig.
They have previously won eight in a row between 2011 and 2012, then again two years ago.
Reus can go out on his way
Dortmund stalwart Reus is one goal away from becoming the outright record scorer for the club after he was on target against Leipzig.
That strike was his 159th for the club in all competitions, drawing him level with Michael Zorc.
Reus has been struggling with a cold, so it remains to be seen if he gets the chance to go out on his own in the home of Dortmund's rivals.
The skipper has had a hand in at least one goal in each of his past three Bundesliga games, scoring twice and setting two up.
Derby delight a distant memory for Schalke
Schalke have not only lost their past four encounters with Dortmund, but also failed to score in five matches against their rivals.
The last time they found the back of the Dortmund net was in April 2019, when they celebrated a 4-2 away victory after Reus and Marius Wolf were sent off.
Youssoufa Moukoko scored the only goal of the game when they met in September and Dortmund ran riot when they last travelled to Schalke, Erling Haaland scoring twice in a 4-0 rout just over two years ago – their joint-highest win over the Royal Blues.
Dortmund have only previously won four consecutive games against Schalke when they went on to beat them eight times in a row between 1964 and 1967.
Schalke fighting for their lives
The Royal Blues are battling to avoid relegation after securing promotion back to the top flight last season.
They are making a fight of it under Thomas Reis, securing back-to-back wins over fellow strugglers Stuttgart and Bochum to haul themselves off the bottom of the table.
Schalke had reeled off four goalless draws on the spin before defeating Stuttgart and they are unbeaten in the first six games of the second half of Bundesliga season for the first time since 2006.
This will be a battle between the only unbeaten sides in the second half of the season.