Borussia Mönchengladbach will have revenge on the mind when they host Borussia Dortmund in 2015/16's second 'battle of the Borussias' on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
The Foals were sent packing to the tune of a 4-0 defeat in the sides' first meeting this term, but Andre Schubert's charges have improved immeasurably since their early-season struggles, and in Jonas Hofmann, they also have a player desperate to impress following his switch to the club from BVB just a few weeks ago.
Borussia Dortmund gave new head coach Thomas Tuchel an ideal start to his reign by putting in a swashbuckling display to beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-0 at home on the Matchday 1 Saturday evening encounter.
Matchday 18 - match facts
- Gladbach have taken 29 points from their 12 league games under new coach Schubert. Only FC Bayern München (31) have accumulated more points in that period. Dortmund, meanwhile, have amassed 23 points in that time.
- BVB's 38 points in the first half of the campaign was their best Hinrunde tally for five seasons.
- The last 37 matches between the two clubs have produced at least one goal. The last goalless draw was way back in April 1994 at Gladbach's old Bökelbergstadion.
- Dortmund have not lost their opening match of a Rückrunde since a 1-0 defeat against FC Schalke 04 in 2003/04.
- Gladbach are aiming for a third straight home win against Dortmund for the first time since legendary coach Hennes Weisweiler managed it in in the early 1970s.
Gladbach: Sommer - Korb, Christensen, Hinteregger, Wendt - Dahoud, Nordtveit - Traore, F. Johnson - Raffael, Stindl
Absentees: Granit Xhaka (suspended), Alvaro Dominguez (back), Tony Jantschke (cruciate ligament), Nico Schulz (cruciate ligament), Andre Hahn (shin)
Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Park - Gündogan, Weigl, Castro - Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Reus
Absentees: Erik Durm (knee), Sven Bender (tendon), Marcel Schmelzer (muscular), Nuri Sahin (adductor)