VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen usually serve up a real treat for fans and some heartstopping moments for their coaches, and Saturday's Halloween meeting at the Volkswagen Arena promises to be no different (kick-off 18:30CET/17:30GMT).
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, Julian Draxler, Karim Bellarabi, Bas Dost – players who would take the lead role in many a Bundesliga blockbuster - are just some of the key protagonists in a mouthwatering fixture bundesliga.com sets the scene for.
The big 'Little Pea'
'Chicharito' has already proven since arriving in the Bundesliga that his 'Little Pea' nickname simply does not do him justice. With five goals in his last three competitive matches, and a goal on average every 23 minutes he has appeared in the Bundesliga, Chicharito is Bayer's guarantee not only for goals, but also for points: each time he has scored, Leverkusen have not been beaten (four wins, one draw).
The Dutch destroyer
2015 is the year of Bas Dost. After hitting the ground running with no fewer than 11 goals in his first six games of the calendar year, the Dutchman has continued in that prolific vein this season with six goals to date, making him Wolfsburg's current top-scorer with the same amount as 'Chicharito', Karim Bellarabi and Julian Brandt have managed combined. Give him the ball, expect a goal in return.
Julian Brandt was the brains behind Bayer's 6-0 win at Viktoria Köln in the DFB Cup in midweek, with a goal and three assists. "It wasn't as easy as it looked, though," said the 19-year-old after Die Werkself navigated their way with ease into the last 16 of the cup. It may not have been, but the Germany under-21 midfielder certainly made it look straightforward with his array of tricks, skills and sorcery, which he will be unleashing on the Wolves this Halloween.
Lessons to be learnt
While Leverkusen eased into the last 16 of the DFB Cup, holders Wolfsburg saw the defence of their title ended by FC Bayern München, and they hope to prove they have learnt a lesson from a 3-1 reverse at the Volkswagen Arena. "We can learn a lot from Bayern," said Wolves' pack leader Dieter Hecking. Goalkeeper and captain Diego Benaglio added: "We are solid enough to put this behind us. It was a lesson for us, but we were up against the best team in Europe and it's different to be beaten by them than it is to lose to other opponents."
Goals, goals and more goals
In the last 13 games between these two sides, only once has there not been at least three goals, and the average number of goals in games between these two rivals is even higher than that. Looking at the meetings since 2009, there has been an average of over four goals per game, and the fact this fixture has never once ended goalless means more should be expected on Saturday. The most prolific encounter was the one at the BayArena last season: Wolfsburg raced into a 3-0 lead only to see Leverkusen haul themselves back to 4-4 before Dost sunk their hopes in stoppage time. Will the Dutchman haunt Die Werkself again on Halloween?