bundesliga.com previews the latest instalment of the fabled Battle of the Borussias...
Third-placed Gladbach are on course for a place in next season's UEFA Champions League, but will want to keep up their stellar league run in order to qualify automatically. Dortmund are currently tenth in the Bundesliga standings, albeit only six points behind the UEFA Europa League spots.
Lucien Favre has already confirmed that Norwegian midfielder will deputise for the suspended Christoph Kramer. Martin Stranzl is sidelined with a knee problem, so Roel Brouwers will likely partner Alvaro Dominguez at the heart of the back four as he did in the midweek DFB Cup defeat to Arminia Bielefeld.
Mats Hummels and could play a part, despite only returned to training on Friday after missing the DFB Cup quarter-final win over TSG 1899 Hoffeheim through injury. Sven Bender is a major doubt with a dead leg, but Roman Weidenfeller will return between the sticks after being rested in midweek.
has been in electric form of late, scoring two against Hoffenheim on Matchday 27 to take his personal tally for the season to ten goals in 25 league appearances. The 24-year-old's raw pace will certainly cause problems for the visitors, who will be particularly wary of playing too high a defensive line.
Right up there with Herrmann in the sprint stakes, has likewise found top form in 2014/15. The Gabonese international continues to show that he is so much more than just a pacy forward, and it's his chameleon-like qualities that could be key to unlocking Gladbach's stingy rearguard.
Favre: "Games against Dortmund are always very interesting. They're a very strong team and have proved that with some solid performances in the second half of the season. We're aware of the quality that Dortmund possess. They're also always very dangerous away from home."
Jürgen Klopp: "It's going to be a difficult game. We beat them 1-0 earlier in the season in what I think at that point was probably our best performance of the campaign. If you let them play in the right spaces they’ll punish you. If you don’t, they’ll be less of a threat."
Despite what Tuesday's shock to Bielefeld might suggest, Gladbach are on fire in the league, winning their last three on the spin to extend their unbowed run to seven. Dortmund lost 1-0 at home to FC Bayern München last weekend, but until then had been enjoying a seven-match unbeaten league streak of their own.
Gladbach's Kramer lobbed his own goalkeeper from almost halfway to hand Dortmund a 1-0 success in this season's reverse fixture. Gladbach came out on top at home and away last term, though, with BVB winning only one of their last seven trips to the Borussia Park.
Gladbach: Sommer - Jantschke, Brouwers, Alvaro Dominguez, Wendt - Nordtveit, G. Xhaka - Herrmann, Hazard - Raffael - M. Kruse
Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Durm, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Kehl, Gündogan - Blaszczykowski, Kagawa, Reus - Aubameyang