There is always far more than just three points on the line in games between Rhine rivals Gladbach and Cologne.
There is always far more than just three points on the line in games between Rhine rivals Gladbach and Cologne.
Bundesliga

Gladbach and Cologne to meet in Matchday 1 Rhine derby thriller

It is not often that one of the biggest matches of the season takes place on the opening weekend, but this year's Bundesliga schedule has thrown up a mouth-watering Matchday 1 encounter - the Rhine derby between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Cologne.

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As one of Germany's fiercest derbies, meetings between the Foals and Billy Goats are a genuine season highlight for all Bundesliga fans.

Last year, the fixture produced two classic encounters that are unlikely to be forgotten in a hurry - especially after the away team won each clash in dramatic fashion.

Watch: Marcel Risse's Goal of the Season contender

Marcel Risse's stunning free-kick in injury time broke Gladbach hearts in November, before Borussia captain Lars Stindl avenged that last-gasp reverse, scoring late on to clinch an enthralling 2-3 win for Dieter Hecking's side on Matchday 28.

Watch: Cologne 2-3 Borussia Mönchengladbach

It is, however, the first time since 2003 that the teams have been paired together on the opening matchday of a Bundesliga season.

Hosts Gladbach took the derby spoils on that particular occasion, thanks to a second-half own goal from Cologne's Matthias Scherz. A textbook case of Schadenfreude for fans of a Borussia persuasion.

Adding to the opening-weekend excitement, champions Bayern Munich host Bayer Leverkusen, while Schalke take on 2016/17 runners-up RB Leipzig. What more could you possibly ask for?

The action begins on 18 August. Be there, or be square!

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