- Dortmund bidding to bounce back from Frankfurt defeat.
- Gladbach on a seven-game winless run.
- Pressure on both Borussias ahead of SIGNAL IDUNA PARK clash.
The battle of the Borussias takes place this Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT) with both teams needing all three points for different reasons.
Borussia Dortmund failed to build on their 1-0 win over Bayern on Matchday 10 as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt last time out, which saw their deficit on Bayern grow back to six points. Thomas Tuchel's men are therefore at a critical crossroads in their season and victory against Gladbach is necessary if they are to firm up their title credentials once again. Marco Reus' recent return to action is a boost, while they also boast the Bundesliga's top-scorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Borussia Mönchengladbach are enduring one of their most difficult periods of form in recent years with their wait for a win now stretching to seven games. Coach Andre Schubert needs to guide his team around the corner fast with the relegation zone now closer than European qualification for the Foals, meaning they can ill afford another defeat in Dortmund.
- Dortmund and Gladbach both have two wins to their name from the last seven meetings.
- BVB have never lost a Bundesliga home game under head coach Thomas Tuchel and are currently on a club-record 27-game unbeaten run at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.
- Gladbach have picked up just one point on the road this season – only Darmstadt have fewer – and have failed to score in their last three away games.
- Dortmund have a much better record when Marco Reus plays. In the 53 games without him BVB have suffered as many losses as they have in the 95 games in which he’s started (17).
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored more goals (13) than the entire Gladbach team (12) this season.
- Gladbach have scored just three times in the second half, conceding 13 times in the process, while Dortmund have scored 18 of their 27 goals this season after the break.
- Dortmund have lost on Matchday 13 in each of the last three seasons. In 2013/14 they suffered a 3-0 loss against Bayern, Frankfurt won 2-0 in 2014/15 and last season they were beaten 3-1 by Hamburg.