Nurnberg were handed a lifeline last weekend when fellow strugglers Arminia Bielefeld conceded a last-minute own goal to drop two points against Dortmund, but they are still in the last relegation spot, two points behind Arminia, going into the game with Schalke. They need a win coupled with a defeat or a draw for Arminia, who have a far worse goal difference, against Stuttgart.
"I am 100% convinced that we will avoid relegation," said Von Heesen
"Schalke is a tough nut to crack and we are dependent upon Stuttgart. But I believe in the team."
Schalke will be no easy task, however, as they will be vying to clinch second place and automatic Champions League qualification. The Royal Blues are two points behind Werder Bremen, who face a tough trip to Bayer Leverkusen, who are involved in a four-team race for a UEFA Cup berth.