Gelsenkirchen, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Over the past couple of seasons Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have established themselves as the dominant teams in the Bundesliga.
Yet for all the success that Dortmund has had in recent seasons, Schalke was able to come away with wins from both meetings between the sides last term, and Schalke boss Jens Keller sees no reason why that trend won't continue.
"Dortmund were also dominant last season and we won regardless," Keller told Kicker. "Why shouldn't we do it again?"
Keller will be taking charge of his second derby against Dortmund as Schalke boss after he was installed as coach in January 2013. However, he is well aware of the importance the fixture carries in the region.
"It is something special - we've got many players in our ranks who grew up in this region," Keller said of the rivalry. "Everyone is looking forward to it. A derby always has the character of a cup game. It has its own rules."
Schalke may have won the previous two meetings, but Dortmund enters the contest as the team in form having won 2-1 at Arsenal in the Champions League in midweek and sitting just one point off the top of the league table.
Keller's side is fifth in the Bundesliga but eight points adrift of Dortmund, while a 3-0 setback in the Champions League against Chelsea won't help the confidence for Schalke.
Bayern Munich sits in first place and will look to maintain that spot with three points at home against Hertha Berlin, while Bayer Leverkusen also sits one point back of Bayern and hosts bottom-half Augsburg.
Monchengladbach resides in sixth place and entertains Eintracht, which has drawn its last four games, while the other match on Sunday sees second-from- the-bottom Freiburg host Hamburg with Freiburg still searching for its first win of the season.
Hannover and Hoffenheim meet up at AWD-Arena, Mainz takes on last-place Braunschweig and Werder Bremen invades Wolfsburg.
On Friday, Nurnberg played to its seventh draw in 10 games as team exchanged goals with Stuttgart in the opening six minutes of a 1-1 deadlock.