Borussia Monchengladbach are going to have to be at their very best if they want to extend their streak of seven home wins in a row when they host Schalke on Saturday, according to coach Lucien Favre.
The Foals have built their challenge for a place in the Champions League next season on their impeccable form at the Borussia Park Stadion, but Favre expects the Royal Blues to provide a stern test of that record.
``We're going to need a very good performance,'' he said. ``They've been in the Champions League for years and that alone shows the kind of quality they have.''
Schalke's midweek defeat to Hoffenheim in the DFB-Pokal will not change that assessment of the Gelsenkirchen club either.
``Schalke have very frequently this season bounced back from games like that. They still have many dangerous players and can play at a very fast pace,'' Favre said.
His own team plays some of the fastest football in the Bundesliga, especially in terms of turning defence into attack, and with Armin Younes back in contention, the Swiss coach has another option for his team.
``Max Kruse, Juan Arango, Patrick Herrmann and Raffael are all in great form and hugely dangerous,'' said Schalke coach Jens Keller. ``But we're ready for them.''
His side currently trail the Foals by four points in the chase for the Bundesliga's fourth berth in the Champions League next season.
Victory would therefore be an important result in narrowing that gap and Keller hopes to see the same kind of performance his team showed a week ago in the Bundesliga rather than in midweek.
``I've absolutely convinced that we'll play the way we did against Stuttgart,'' he said. ``That's the kind of performance I want to see.''
Timo Hildebrand is fit again and could replace Ralf Fahrmann in goal with Keller saying he will first inform the two goalkeepers who will play before letting the rest of the world find out.