Both Schalke and Borussia Dortmund are in confident mood as they prepare to meet in one of European football's most keenly contested derbies this weekend.
The two clubs, only 27 kilometres apart, lock horns for the 82nd time in the Bundesliga when they meet at Schalke's Veltins Arena on Saturday.
The match could see Dortmund winning three away derbies in succession for the first time since the 1960s - but it could also mean that Schalke complete the double over their rivals after a 2-1 victory in Dortmund earlier this season.
"Dortmund are on a roll and so are we," Schalke midfielder Marco Hoger, who scored in that win, told the WAZ newspaper. "But that [scoring in the derby] was beyond description.
"Maybe I can do it again - but if we win and someone else scores, I'll still be delighted. It must be our aspiration to get all three points."
He praised Dortmund for being "a very strong side, as they demonstrated once again in the Champions League during the week" but stressed: "We have no reason to fear them."
Hoger will take over defensive midfield duties from suspended Jermaine Jones whose ban, Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp said, "might lead to less fouls during the game".
Klopp warned that Schalke would still have plenty of quality, explaining: "They have [Michel] Bastos, [Jefferson] Farfan, [Julian] Draxler and [Klaas-Jan] Huntelaar in attack. That's not too bad. Schalke are on a roll again, coming out of a weaker period."
Dortmund also have injury worries going into the derby, with both Sven Bender and Sebastian Kehl doubts. "The later I check with the doc, the later I get bad news," Klopp said, with Nuri Sahin in line for a starting place.
Defender Neven Subotic said the derby "will always remain very special, not only for the fans but also for the players", adding: "For the fans, the derby is the most important game, and us players want to make our fans happy."
Both coaches said they hoped a repeat of violent scenes before the game at Dortmund's Westfalenstadion, where pictures showed fighting outside the ground before the match, could be avoided.
"I understand that people love Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund," Klopp said. "I also understand the frustration after a derby defeat.
"But I have no understanding for anger or violence. I despise football violence."