Just before Christmas, Schalke finally won a game, beating lower division side SSV Ulm 3-1 away from home in the DFB Pokal.
Schalke have just four points from 13 games, and have already sacked a second head coach this season. Manuel Baum followed David Wagner through the exit door.
They have now appointed Swiss head coach Christian Gross to see them out of a troubled phase, as they seek to keep their Bundesliga status for next season.
Schalke are seven points adrift of safety. For a side without a win in any of their opening 13 games of the season, that is already a significant deficit to make up.
Meanwhile, Hertha are not having the best of seasons. They are in 14th spot in the Bundesliga, with 13 points from 13 games. In their last game, they lost 4-1 away to Freiburg.
Hertha BSC vs Schalke Head-to-Head
In the last 41 fixtures between these two sides, Schalke have won 22 games while Hertha have won on 11 occasions. Eight games have ended in draws.
Hertha BSC form guide: L-D-D-W-D
Schalke form guide: W-L-L-D-L
Hertha BSC vs Schalke Team News
Australian winger Mathew Leckie is ruled out of this game. Striker Jhon Cordoba is still unavailable for the club from the German capital.
Midfielders Santiago Ascacibar and Eduard Lowen both have muscle problems. The former has been ruled out, while the latter remains doubtful. Dedryck Boyata is still recovering from an injury.
Injured: Santiago Ascasibar, Dedryck Boyata, Mathew Leckie
Doubtful: Eduard Lowen
Mark Uth is back in full training for Schalke, but they have several other injury concerns. Goncalo Paciencia is sidelined, and Kilian Ludewig has undergone a foot operation. Salif Sane and Omar Mascarell are doubts ahead of this game.
Injuries: Goncalo Paciencia, Kilian Ludewig
Doubtful: Salif Sane, Omar Mascarell
Hertha BSC vs Schalke Predicted XI
Hertha BSC Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Alexander Schwolow; Peter Pekarik, Dedryck Boyata, Jordan Torunarigha, Marvin Plattenhardt; Niklas Stark, Matteo Guendouzi; Dodi Lukebakio, Vladimir Darida, Matheus Cunha; Krysztof Piatek
Schalke Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Ralf Fährmann; Malick Thiaw, Ozan Kabak, Matija Nastasic, Bastian Oczipka; Benjamin Stambouli, Suat Serdar; Amine Harit, Alessandro Schopf, Benito Raman; Ahmed Kutucu
Hertha BSC vs Schalke Prediction
Schalke could get a boost following the appointment of a new coach ahead of this game.
Hertha are in atrocious form as well, and we are predicting a first league win of the season for Schalke.
Prediction: Hertha BSC 0-1 SchalkePublished 31 Dec 2020, 15:00 IST