Whenever two attack-minded teams packed full of talented stars face off, goals and entertainment are guaranteed.
The Matchday 18 showdown between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund on Saturday falls squarely into that category (kick-off 18:30CET/17:30GMT), and to further whet your appetite ahead of the fixture, bundesliga.com presents a selection of the must-have pre-match information…
1) Goals, goals, goals
Thomas Tuchel’s men scored more frequently than any other Bundesliga club in the Hinrunde, netting an astonishing 47 times in 17 matches (2.7 goals per game). The Foals were third in the scoring stakes prior to the winter break, netting 34 goals (two per game on average) to sit fourth in the table. Indeed, at least one goal has been scored in the last 37 meetings between these teams, with the last goalless draw dating back to April 1994.
2) Gladbach’s fortress
The Foals' disastrous start to the season aside, Saturday’s hosts have an excellent home record this term. After losing their first two Bundesliga outings at the BORUSSIA-PARK, they are unbeaten there under coach Andre Schubert, winning six and drawing one of their subsequent league fixtures in front of their own fans.
3) Dortmund quick out of the blocks
However, that record will face a stiff test against a Dortmund side with a knack of starting off a calendar year with victory. Since suffering a 1-0 defeat to FC Schalke 04 in early 2004, BVB have not lost their first match of a Rückrunde, posting seven victories and four draws in the intervening period.
4) Aubameyang eyeing top scorer crown
With 18 league goals to his name so far in 2015/16, Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be looking to pick up where he left off prior to the winter break. The Gabon international needs just one more to equal the total Eintracht Frankfurt’s Alexander Meier achieved to lift the Torjägerkanone last season.
5) Close call
Historically speaking, there is very little to choose between the teams. Of the 87 Bundesliga encounters played, Dortmund have won 30 and Gladbach 29, while BVB have scored 143 goals to the Foals’ 144.