Cologne – The Bundesliga is back with a bang this weekend with none other than the battle of the Borussias to whet your appetite for more top-level footballing delicacies this season.
With new coach Thomas Tuchel now calling the shots, Borussia Dortmund will be keen to avoid a start to the season like their last one, when a defeat at home to Bayer 04 Leverkusen set a worrying tone for a campaign which remained grounded until after the winter break. Guests Borussia Mönchengladbach will be out to prove why they finished third last term, on the other hand, and the fact this game has not ended goalless in over 20 years is enough reason to tune in at 18:30 CET / 16:30 GMT.
- Goals have been scored in the last 36 meetings between Dortmund and Mönchengladbach. The last 0-0 draw came back on 17 April 1994 at the Foals’ old Bökelberg stadium. The last goalless stalemate in Dortmund took place in August 1988. In the 23 home games since then BVB have always scored at least once.
- Dortmund have won their last six encounters at the Signal Iduna Park dating back to last season.
- Gladbach have only picked up four points, scoring just eight goals, in the last 13 away fixtures against their namesakes from Dortmund. However, Lucien Favre’s side have won three out of four in their most recent clashes, two of which came on home soil.
- Dortmund have lost just one of the last 14 home games against Gladbach – a 2-1 defeat in the 2013/14 campaign.
- Historically speaking this is a very evenly-matched encounter with both sides picking up 29 wins, whilst sharing the spoils on 28 occasions.
- Dortmund have played out more draws against Gladbach than against any other side (28 times, like against FC Bayern and Hamburg). The same goes for this weekend’s visitors, who have also drawn against FC Bayern and Stuttgart as often (28 times).
- Gladbach have suffered eight losses against Dortmund having taken a 1-0 lead, more often than against any other side. Furthermore, they have also drawn 13 times after opening the scoring, meaning they’ve let a 1-0 lead slip on 21 different occasions against BVB. Conversely, Dortmund have won more often against Gladbach after falling 1-0 down than against any other side (eight times).
- The Foals collected the biggest win in Bundesliga history against Dortmund when they won 12-0 on 29 April 1978. However, Gladbach also suffered their first ever Bundesliga loss to Dortmund, a 5-4 defeat on Matchday 5 of the 1965/66 season.