The teams with the two best records in the second half of the season meet when Borussia Mönchengladbach take on leaders Bayern Munich on Sunday (kick-off 17:30 CET/16:30 GMT).

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Gladbach suffered a rare hiccup on Dieter Hecking’s watch as they went down to a 2-1 defeat in Hamburg on Matchday 24. The Foals’ boss will be hoping Thursday’s UEFA Europa League clash does not sap too much energy from his side ahead of Sunday as the ninth-placed side aim to get the win they need to close in on the European places.

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There is a rare role reversal for Bayern this week as they have a full week to prepare for a Bundesliga match while their opponents are distracted by a midweek fixture. Last weekend’s 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt helped the Bavarians open up a 10-point lead at the top of the table, and the champions will make it 19 games without defeat in all competitions if they can leave Mönchengladbach with a result.

Gladbach's talismanic captain Lars Stindl has had a hand in 10 goals in all competitive games in 2017. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

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Match Stats

  • Since the start of the 2014/2015 season, Gladbach are the only Bundesliga team who have a positive record against Bayern (two wins, two draws, one defeat)
  • Bayern’s away record against Gladbach is their worst – they have won only 11 of 48 matches against them on the road, losing 19.
  • The Foals’ five competitive fixtures so far in March have come against either Hamburg or Schalke.
  • Thorgan Hazard has not lost against Bayern in his four matches against them. Only ex-Hamburg players Nigel De Jong (five) and Jürgen Milewski (seven) have played more games against the record champions without ever experiencing defeat.
  • Visiting defender Javi Martinez has not lost a Bundesliga game in 27 matches.
  • Martinez has won his last 14 Bundesliga away matches and will equal Franck Ribery’s record if he wins his next one. The last time the Spaniard did not win on his travels, however, was the 3-1 defeat at Gladbach on December 2015.