Cologne - Bundesliga pacesetters Borussia Dortmund host Bayer 04 Leverkusen in what is sure to be another edge-of-your-seat encounter at the Signal Iduna Park on Sunday afternoon (kick-off: 15:30 GMT/ 17:30 CEST).
With the excitement building, bundesliga.com has compiled a selection of pre-match stats and facts pertaining to Sunday’s mouthwatering showdown…
While Dortmund have won five Bundesliga titles, the most recent coming in 2011/12, Leverkusen have yet to get their hands on German football’s top prize Having missed out on the famous Meisterschale and finished runners-up on five occasions - all in the last 20 years - die Werkself have even been slapped with the unwanted moniker of ‘the eternal bridesmaids’.
2) Tuchel’s high fliers
Thomas Tuchel’s Dortmund are enjoying their best ever start to a Bundesliga season after making it four wins on the bounce with victory over Hannover 96 last weekend. Moreover, BVB have now won all nine of their competitive matches in 2015/16: a club record.
3) Milestone moment
Leverkusen striker Stefan Kießling is set to make his 350th Bundesliga appearance on Matchday 5. The 31-year-old has scored eight times in 22 outings against BVB for former club 1. FC Nürnberg and current employers Bayer 04, but has finished up on the winning side on just five occasions (D8, L9).
4) Piece of history
In last season’s corresponding encounter, Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi made the headlines by scoring the fastest goal in Bundesliga history. On target with just nine seconds on the clock, the Germany international set Roger Schmidt’s men on their way to a comfortable 2-0 victory, with Kießling also on the scoresheet at the despondent Signal Iduna Park.
5) European hangover
Last season, both sides won five of their nine Bundesliga fixtures staged immediately after playing in Europe in midweek, but while Leverkusen experienced only one post-Champions League defeat, BVB suffered four.