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Match facts: Schalke v Basel

Published: Sunday 8 December 2013, 2.45CET
Match facts: Schalke v Basel
Max Meyer has committed to Schalke until summer 2018 ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 8 December 2013, 2.45CET

Match facts: Schalke v Basel

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UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• The 3-0 loss to Chelsea FC on matchday three was Schalke's worst at home in the UEFA Champions League and equalled their biggest defeat home and away set when they went down 4-1 at Manchester United FC in 2011.

• Schalke's haul of six points from their first two games was their best start to a group stage in this, their sixth campaign.

• Jermaine Jones serves a one-game ban after picking up three yellow cards; Marco Höger and Roman Neustädter are both a booking away from a suspension.

General information
• Schalke lost 2-1 at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday after Benedikt Höwedes received a second yellow card just before half-time. Timo Hildebrand was available after three games out with a hip injury but Jens Keller retained Ralf Fährmann. Leon Goretzka (flu) and Chinedu Obasi (adductor) missed out.

• Schalke conceded three goals in 14 first-half minutes last Tuesday as they bowed out of the German Cup, going down 3-1 at home to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the round of 16.

• Jefferson Farfán has scored five goals in six games since returning from six weeks out with a groin injury.

• Schalke have won six of their last 11 matches on their travels, suffering two defeats; they have lost three of their last five at home.

• Dennis Aogo (out since 29 November), Höger (19 October) and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (August) are all sidelined with knee injuries. Kyriakos Papadopoulos has not played a first-team game since 27 November 2012 because of a knee problem but has returned to training.

• On 30 November Max Meyer extended his contract until summer 2018. Meyer set up a goal for Kevin-Prince Boateng inside 157 seconds of his first start for the club on 28 September, a 3-3 draw at Hoffenheim. Aged 18 years and 38 days, he became, on 26 October, the youngest player in Bundesliga history to score in three successive games.

• Sead Kolasinac won his first senior cap as Bosnia and Herzegovina lost 2-0 to Argentina in St Louis on 18 November.


UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• Basel claimed their fourth win in five matchday five outings last time out; they have recorded just one victory in four attempts on matchday six – 2-1 against Manchester United FC in 2011/12.

• Eight of Basel's starting XI have remained unchanged during the group stage: Yann Sommer, Fabien Frei, Ivan Ivanov, Kay Voser, Fabian Schär, Valentin Stocker, Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller.

• Schär is a booking away from a suspension after picking up two yellow cards.

General information
• Giovanni Sio struck a 93rd-minute penalty on Saturday as Basel earned a 1-1 draw at home to Grasshopper Club which kept Basel a point clear at the top of the Swiss Super League.

• Frei is the only ever-present in the Basel starting XI in the league and UEFA Champions League this term.

• Basel are unbeaten on their travels this season, a run of 16 games. Both their defeats have come at home.

• Marcelo Díaz has been out with a broken rib since 19 November while Behrang Safari has not featured since suffering a thigh injury on 22 October.

• Salah has scored 28 goals over the past season and a half for club and country, all but six of them coming after the 40-minute mark.

• Basel's Swiss Cup quarter-final at FC Le Mont-sur-Lausanne last Wednesday was postponed due to a poor pitch.

• Basel have had two players sent off this season, both in wins against FC Lausanne-Sport. Stocker was dismissed in a 2-0 victory on 27 July and Giovanni Sio saw red in a 2-1 away triumph on 6 October.

Last updated: 10/12/13 12.31CET

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