The 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign is drawing to a close, but with seven rounds of matches remaining, all 18 teams still have plenty to play for as they look to get the most out of one of the most exciting seasons in the history of Germany’s top flight.
But how are things shaping up heading into the final stretch and how good are each side's chances of reaching their targets? bundesliga.com puts Borussia Mönchengladbach under the spotlight.
Story so far
- After a catastrophic start to the season that saw them lose their opening five games and Lucien Favre step down as head coach, Gladbach went on an impressive run of form under his replacement Andre Schubert, picking up 28 points in his first ten games in charge.
- Die Fohlen have won their last four home games, but have been inconsistent on the road and collected just a single point from their last five away matches.
- While results have not always gone their way, Borussia have at the very least delighted fans on a weekly basis with their goalscoring exploits. Schubert’s side are averaging two goals a game in attack, but the 44 goals conceded by a relatively inexperienced backline is certainly a cause for concern.
Still to play for
- Gladbach's maiden UEFA Champions League campaign was short-lived this season, but they are keen to return in 2016/17. That may be easier said than done with six points separating them from third-placed Hertha Berlin, and games against the capital city side, FC Bayern München and Bayer 04 Leverkusen still to come.
- However, they did beat Hertha, whom they face on Matchday 28, and Bayern in the first half of the season. Against Leverkusen, Schubert's men will be desperate to avenge the 5-0 humbling they suffered before the winter break.
- Should they fail to beat Hertha in their first game back after the international break, Gladbach could drop out of the top six completely, with 1. FSV Mainz 05 just one point behind them in seventh.
In-form star: Raffael
- Raffael tore a muscle against FC Schalke 04 last time out, and will therefore be unavailable for selection for the first time this season when Gladbach take on another of his former sides, Hertha, on Matchday 28. The Brazilian has missed just three of Borussia’s 95 top-flight matches since joining the club in summer 2013.
- The striker is currently enjoying a purple patch: in his last eight Bundesliga appearances he has had a hand in eight goals, scoring six himself and setting up a further two. Only Robert Lewandowski and Claudio Pizarro (both ten) have scored more often than Raffael (seven) in the second half of the season.