Borussia Mönchengladbach will bid to become the first team to topple FC Bayern München in the Bundesliga this season on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
bundesliga.com looks ahead to the meeting between two of the Bundesliga's historical heavyweights.
FC Bayern München could add a record to their growing collection by beating Borussia Mönchengladbach, and ending the year with two more wins. That would ensure they would have dropped just two points in the first half of the season, not only extending an admirable unbeaten record through to the winter break, but making the first half of the 2015/16 campaign an all-time best in the Bundesliga.
Borussia Mönchengladbach know a thing or two about being unbeaten too, or at least they do since Andre Schubert (r.) took charge. With seven wins and two draws in his nine games at the helm, the Foals have muscled their way into the top four for the first time this season, and they already have as many points as they did after the entire first half of last season – and to think they lost their first five matches. Is one unbeaten record going to give this Saturday, perhaps?
Müller and Lewandowski: goals, goals, goals
Thomas Müller needs just one more goal to break his own record for an entire season, and we are not yet midway through the campaign. Indeed, his 13 strikes, added to the 14 of his partner in crime Robert Lewandowski, mean they have netted just one fewer together than the entire Gladbach side this season. In fact, Gladbach are one of only two sides in the Bundesliga who have scored more than Bayern's prolific attacking partnership, the other being Borussia Dortmund. Bayern really do have goals on tap this term.
Injuries? What injuries?!
One of the most remarkable things about Gladbach's recent form is that it has come at a stage when the side appears to be weaker than it was under Lucien Favre at the start of the season. Schubert has not had the same tools at his disposal, with captain Martin Stranzl joined on the sidelines by Patrick Herrmann, Nico Schulz, Andre Hahn and Alvaro Dominguez, giving him a depleted squad which is delivering optimal results.
A great rivalry
Go back to the 1970s and this was the mother of all Bundesliga fixtures. Gladbach lifted their first Bundesliga title in 1970, edging Bayern into second. It was the same story a year later, but Bayern wrestled back their title for three successive seasons before Gladbach celebrated a title hat-trick of their own between 1975 and 1977, which remains to this day the last time they won the Bundesliga. That rivalry has resurfaced in recent years with Gladbach, albeit unable to challenge Bayern for the title, more than holding their own in recent head-to-heads, with a win and a draw last season, a draw in Munich in 2012 and even a home and away double in the 2011/12 campaign.