Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach meet on Matchday 16 with both keen taking a major step towards on qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season (kick-off 18:30CET/17:30GMT).

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History

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Top facts

  • Leverkusen went 26 games in a row against Gladbach without losing between 1994 and 2010 (the longest such run in the history of the Bundesliga).
  • Only against Stuttgart have Leverkusen scored more goals (126) than against Gladbach (121).
  • Die Werkself have only failed to score twice in their last 32 meetings with the Foals.
  • One of those, however, was the sides' last meeting. Gladbach's 3-0 victory ended a run of three straight defeats.
  • In the last 14 meetings between this pair, there have been a total of 56 goals scored.
  • The highest-scoring game came on 30 October 1998: an 8-2 win for Leverkusen.

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Possible line-ups:

Leverkusen: Leno – Donati, Tah, Toprak (c), Hilbert– Kramer, Kampl – Bellarabi, Calhanoglu, Mehmedi - Hernandez

Absentees: Jedvaj, Aranguiz (both fitness), Bender (ankle), Boenisch (suspended)

Gladbach: Sommer – Korb, Christensen, Nordtveit, Wendt – Dahoud, Xhaka (c) - Stindl, Raffael, Johnson – Drmic

Absentees: Dominguez (back), Stranzl (fitness), Herrmann (knee), Traore (thigh), Hahn (broken leg)

MD15: Gladbach 3-1 Bayern