Bremen - Borussia Mönchengladbach will be playing against the weight of history when they travel to SV Werder Bremen on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30 CEST / 13:30 GMT), looking to end a 28-year winless spell at the Weser-Stadion.

Yet there is also plenty more on the line for two of the league's most exciting sides, as explains...

Victory would guarantee Gladbach third, an automatic place in the UEFA Champions League group stage and would also allow them to maintain their push for the runners-up medal. European action is likewise at stake for Bremen, who are one of a cluster of sides vying for a Europa League berth.

The hosts are still without several regulars, including captain Clemens Fritz (calf), Santiago Garcia, Alejandro Galvez and Özcan Yildirim (all with knee complaints). On a more positive note, Luca Caldirola and Felix Kroos (l.) have both declared themselves fit for Saturday's game after shaking off foot and rib injuries respectively.

Gladbach coach Lucien Favre has virtually a full squad to choose from as the Foals go for a 13th consecutive game unbeaten. Central defender Alvaro Dominguez (r.) is fit again and is likely to replace fellow centre-back Martin Stranzl, who has been ruled out with knee trouble.

Gladbach's defence has been almost impenetrable in 2015, with just seven goals conceded since the turn of the year. Chances are therefore likely to be hard to come by for the home side, meaning Zlatko Junuzovic's (l.) set-piece prowess could be crucial. If you're unsure just how good the Austrian is, head here to watch and savour.

Gladbach are so good right now that any one of their starting XI could genuinely be considered their key player. However, in the last couple of weeks livewire Guinea international Ibrahima Traore has had a knack of scoring late goals, doing so against both Hertha Berlin (Matchday 31) and Leverkusen (Matchday 32).

Kroos: "It's our last home game of the season and we'll have the fans behind us, so that'll give us an advantage. But Gladbach are in great form. They'll be confident and will start the game as favourites. We'll do our best to give our fans three points as a present - they've more than earned it."

Lucien Favre, head coach: "We really need to pick up points in Bremen again, but it'll be very difficult. We haven't won there in the time I've been coach here. Bremen have had an excellent second half of the season and are still fighting for a place in the Europa League. We'll need to be ready from the off on Saturday."

Gladbach have been the Bundesliga's best team by far since the winter break, winning 36 of 45 available points. By way of contrast, Bayern have earned just 31 this year. Unbeaten in 12 games, the Foals are simply sensational at present. Bremen aren't too bad either though, winning two, drawing two and losing one of their last five.

Bremen have won 37 of their 91 Bundesliga matches against Gladbach, with the Foals triumphing 32 times. Rather more impressive is the Green-Whites' home record in this fixture: they have not lost to Gladbach at the Weser-Stadion since a 7-1 thrashing on 21 March 1987 - a whopping 28 years ago!

Possible line-ups:

Bremen: Casteels - Gebre Selassie, Prödl, Vestergaard, Sternberg - Bargfrede - Bartels, Hajrovic, Junuzovic - Selke, Di Santo

Gladbach: Sommer - Korb, Brouwers, Jantschke, Wendt - Herrmann, Kramer, Xhaka, Traore - Raffael, Kruse

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