Early pace-setters Dortmund host Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the pick of the Matchday 5 fixtures - © gettyimages / Lars Baron
Early pace-setters Dortmund host Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the pick of the Matchday 5 fixtures - © gettyimages / Lars Baron
Bundesliga

Dortmund vs Leverkusen: the essentials

Cologne - Bundesliga pacesetters Borussia Dortmund host Bayer 04 Leverkusen in what is sure to be another edge-of-your-seat encounter at the Signal Iduna Park on Sunday afternoon (kick-off: 15:30 GMT/ 17:30 CEST).

With the excitement building, bundesliga.com has compiled a selection of pre-match stats and facts pertaining to Sunday’s mouthwatering showdown…

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1) Also-rans

While Dortmund have won five Bundesliga titles, the most recent coming in 2011/12, Leverkusen have yet to get their hands on German football’s top prize Having missed out on the famous Meisterschale and finished runners-up on five occasions - all in the last 20 years - die Werkself have even been slapped with the unwanted moniker of ‘the eternal bridesmaids’.

3) Milestone moment

Leverkusen striker Stefan Kießling is set to make his 350th Bundesliga appearance on Matchday 5. The 31-year-old has scored eight times in 22 outings against BVB for former club 1. FC Nürnberg and current employers Bayer 04, but has finished up on the winning side on just five occasions (D8, L9).

5) European hangover

Last season, both sides won five of their nine Bundesliga fixtures staged immediately after playing in Europe in midweek, but while Leverkusen experienced only one post-Champions League defeat, BVB suffered four.