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Schalke v Galatasaray facts

Schalke and Galatasaray were unable to find a goal in Turkey and will hope for a breakthrough in Gelsenkirchen.

There was nothing between Schalke and Galatasaray on matchday three
There was nothing between Schalke and Galatasaray on matchday three ©Getty Images

There was nothing between Schalke and Galatasaray when they met on matchday three and both sides will be eager to step up their Group D challenge in Gelsenkirchen.

• The goalless draw in Istanbul left Schalke on five points, one ahead of their Turkish opponents and two behind section leaders Porto. Lokomotiv have lost all three matches so far and would be eliminated if they suffer a fourth defeat and there is a winner at the Arena AufSchalke; if Loko draw at Porto and Schalke win, the Russian club would also be unable to reach the round of 16.

Previous meetings
• Galatasaray came out on top when the teams met in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League round of 16. A 1-1 draw in Istanbul left the tie in the balance, but the Turkish side – coached then, as now, by Fatih Terim – progressed to the last eight thanks to a 3-2 success in Gelsenkirchen, Umut Bulut scoring the winner deep into added time. Galatasaray went on to lose to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals.

• Selçuk İnan set up three of Galatasaray's four goals in that tie, including the one in the home first leg, while Fernando Muslera also played in both legs.

Form guide
• Held 1-1 at home by Porto in their first Group D fixture, the German club snatched a 1-0 win at Lokomotiv Moskva on matchday two with a late Weston McKennie goal.

Highlights: Galatasaray 0-0 Schalke
Highlights: Galatasaray 0-0 Schalke

• Schalke have won only one of their last six UEFA Champions League games in Gelsenkirchen (D2 L3), conceding 18 goals in that run.

• Schalke are, however, unbeaten in seven home European fixtures (W4 D3).

• Bundesliga runners-up in 2017/18 – their highest league placing since 2009/10 – this is Schalke's first UEFA Champions League group campaign since 2014/15, their third successive appearance.

• The German club did not take part in European competition last season, having reached the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals in 2016/17, where they lost to eventual runners-up Ajax.

• Semi-finalists in 2011, Schalke's last three UEFA Champions League campaigns have all ended in the round of 16.

• That 2013 loss to Galatasaray aside, Schalke have won their other two home games against Turkish clubs, keeping clean sheets in both matches.

• Having opened with an impressive 3-0 defeat of Lokomotiv Moskva, Galatasaray's momentum was checked by a 1-0 loss at Porto in their second fixture.

• Cimbom have therefore lost their last five European away matches, and ten of the last 12 (D2). Their last European victory outside Turkey was that 3-2 success at Schalke in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League round of 16; they are without a victory in 14 matches (D2 L12).

Tedesco on the secret of Schalke's success
Tedesco on the secret of Schalke's success

• Galatasaray have, however, won four of their last seven away games against German clubs (D1 L2) – although the most recent contest ended in a 4-1 loss at Dortmund in the 2014/15 group stage.

• Turkish champions in 2017/18, Galatasaray last reached the UEFA Champions League round of 16 in 2013/14.

• Galatasaray are in the group stage for the 15th time – the same number as all other Turkish teams combined.

• The Istanbul club's 2017/18 European campaign lasted only one tie – they lost 3-1 on aggregate to Swedish club Östersund in the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

• Galatasaray are the only team from Turkey to have reached a European Cup semi-final, in 1989.

Links and trivia
• Younès Belhanda spent the second half of 2015/16 on loan at Schalke, scoring twice in his 15 Bundesliga appearances.

• Have played in Germany:
Eren Derdiyok (Bayer Leverkusen 2009–12 & 2013/14, Hoffenheim 2012/13)
Sinan Gümüş (Stuttgart II 2012–14)

• Sinan Gümüş was born in the German town of Pfullendorf.

• Have played together:
Yevhen Konoplyanka & Mariano (Sevilla 2015/16)
Benjamin Stambouli & Younès Belhanda (Montpellier 2009–13)
Sebastian Rudy & Eren Derdiyok (Hoffenheim 2012/13)

• International team-mates:
Hamza Mendyl, Amine Harit & Younès Belhanda (Morocco)
Salif Sané & Badou Ndiaye (Senegal)
Nabil Bentaleb & Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria)
Breel Embolo & Eren Derdiyok (Switzerland)

• Schalke midfielder Benjamin Goller's surname translates as "Goals" in Turkish.

Latest news

• Schalke were without a win in four matches, drawing three in a row – although they did win on penalties against 2. Bundesliga side Köln in the DFB Pokal on 31 October – before Saturday's 3-1 home defeat of Hannover.

• That was only Schalke's second home win this season in their sixth fixture (D1 L3). They have scored in only three of those fixtures – a total of five goals.

• Nabil Bentaleb has scored in Schalke's last two games while against Hannover Breel Embolo found the net for the first time since 18 September and Mark Uth got his first goal of the season.

• Bentaleb scored an 89th-minute penalty equaliser in the cup game at Köln, Schalke's first goal in four matches after a run of 396 minutes without finding the net.

• Ralf Fährmann has been out since 6 October with an adductors injury.

• Bastian Oczipca (out since July, groin) is back in team training.

• Cedric Teuchert scored in Germany's 2-1 win against Norway on 12 October that took them through to next summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship, but then suffered a leg injury that is expected to keep him out for around eight weeks.

• On 17 October Naldo extended his contract until 2020.

• Cimbon are without a win in their last four matches in all competitions (D2 L2) and have scored only four goals in their last six fixtures – two in Friday's 2-2 home draw against Fenerbahçe in which they were 2-0 up.

• Overall, 15 of Galatasaray's 19 goals in Super League fixtures this term have been scored at home.

• Galatasaray have lost four of their six away games this season, winning the other two. They failed to score in each of those defeats.

• Eren Derdiyok was injured in the warm-up on Friday.

• Emre Akbaba was replaced in the 32nd minute against Erzurumspor on 28 September, tests subsequently revealing a broken metatarsal in his left foot that required surgery.

• Henry Onyekuru came on as a substitute against Fenerbahçe, his first appearance since 16 October having suffered a thigh injury on international duty with Nigeria.

• Yuto Nagatomo suffered a collapsed lung against Schalke on matchday three and underwent surgery two days later.

• Only six of Galatasaray's 23 goals in all competitions this season have come in the first half.

• On 16 October coach Fatih Terim agreed a new two-year contract with Galatasaray with the option for a further three years.

• Galatasaray lost 5-4 on penalties to Akhisar after a 1-1 draw in the Turkish Super Cup on 5 August.